The entertainer supported the legalization of medical marijuana in Australia, where her family moved when she was 5. Newton-John, who was born in the United Kingdom, received an Order of the British Empire designation from Queen Elizabeth II in 1979. She also championed animal rights and environmental causes.
Newton-John, who won four Grammy Awards and sold 100 million records, became a household name thanks to the 1978 movie “Grease.” John Travolta, her co-star in that musical, paid tribute Monday, writing, “You made our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible.”
“Today” co-host Hoda Kotb, a breast cancer survivor, says Newton-John “radiated hope and love.” She describes how the singer “kept asking questions about me,” which “never happens” during an interview. “She was always all about shining the light on someone else,” Kotb adds. “Now that light is all yours Olivia. Rest In Peace.”