John Travolta pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John’s death came as a shock to the whole world. Not because it was totally unexpected (she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and had never hidden her long struggle with the disease) but because the star is forever associated with the youth and freshness of her cult character Sandy in 1978’s Grease.

Obviously upset, his costar in the musical, John Travolta, paid tribute to the actress on Instagram.

“My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Your impact has been incredible. I love you so much. We will see you later and we will all be together again. I have been yours since the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!” he posted.

First love
Director James Gunn echoed so many fans who discovered the star in Grease, by saluting the memory of his “first love” on his side. “I loved Grease and its music. Coincidentally, I also bought and lived for a while in the beautiful house she had built in Malibu. May she rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Viola Davis also paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John, recalling the impact she had on her time with the iconic role of Sandy.

“You were my childhood!!! Your talent, your poise, your beauty! Rest in peace. God bless your family…. and thank you for creating everlasting memories,” the Color of Feelings star posted, while American singer Richard Marx mourned the loss of a close friend.

“My heart is broken. Rest now dear friend. You were as kind and loving a person as there ever was. I will miss you every day,” he wrote. Olivia Newton-John was 73. She died “peacefully,” according to those closest to her, surrounded by her family on her California ranch.