HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA: At this year’s Oscars, John Travolta paid a touching tribute to his dear friend and former “Grease” co-star Olivia Newton-John during the “In Memoriam” segment. As he paid tribute to Hollywood’s biggest stars who died last year, the 69-year-old actor nearly burst into tears as he asked audiences and viewers to remember his peers in the entertainment industry who are no longer with us. “They touched our hearts, they made us smile and became dear friends, to whom we will always remain desperately devoted,” Travolta said in a trembling voice, after nodding to Newton-John’s ballad. in 1978, sung by her. character Sandy in their iconic musical rom-com.
Struggling to hold back tears, the star’s voice shook as he welcomed Lenny Kravitz onto the stage, barely managing to finish his sentence. Kravitz, the 58-year-old singer, then gave a moving rendition of his 2004 hit “Calling All Angels” on piano. As he played, a touching tribute video played on screen commemorating the life and legacy of deceased industry professionals including Ray Liotta, Angelo Badalamenti, Jean-Luc Goddard, Irene Cara, Julie Reichert , Burt Bacharach, Angela Lansbury, Mary Alice, James Caan and Raquel Welch.
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What happened to Newton-John?
In August 2022, Newton-John died at the age of 73 after a long and public battle with cancer. The actress passed away peacefully at her Southern California home, surrounded by her loved ones. Her husband, John Easterling, shared the news of her passing on his Facebook page and asked for family privacy during this difficult time. Olivia has been an inspiration to many for over three decades, sharing her journey with breast cancer and raising awareness about the disease. Her commitment to plant medicine continued with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation fund, which is dedicated to research at the intersection of plant medicine and cancer.
The news of his passing was met with an outpouring of grief and love from fans around the world. Many paid tribute to the beloved actress and singer by laying flowers on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Travolta, who starred alongside Olivia in the iconic movie “Grease,” was among the first to pay tribute to the actress. In an emotional Instagram post, he expressed his love for her and the impact she had on his life.
Olivia Newton-John (left) and John Travolta attend the 40th Anniversary Screening of ‘Grease’ at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
‘Phew, that hits hard.’
Twitter was flooded with emotional reactions as viewers watched John Travolta pay tribute to his late friend and co-star Olivia Newton-John at the Oscars. One user expressed the impact of the moment, writing, “Watching John Travolta choke on Olivia Newton-John. Wow, that hurts.” Another viewer shared their admiration for Travolta’s heartfelt tribute, saying, “John Travolta crying after saying ‘we remain desperately devoted to you’ is such a wonderful love letter to Olivia Newton-John and all the wonderful artists we’ve lost this year.”
Kevin Fallon also took to Twitter to vent his emotions, admitting he was taken aback by the emotional moment, “I don’t know why I didn’t make the connection or didn’t see it coming, but John Travolta referencing Olivia Newton-John was a punch.” One user praised the strength of their friendship, writing, “Find a friend in life who clearly loves you like John Travolta loved Olivia Newton-John,” while another paid tribute to their iconic roles in “Grease “, “John Travolta almost brought tears to my eyes after he quoted Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’. I loved their friendship. They were phenomenal in ‘Grease’ ( 1978).”
Watch John Travolta choke on Olivia Newton-John. Phew, it hits hard.#Oscars
— Charlotte Clymer 🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) March 13, 2023
John Travolta in tears after saying “we remain desperately devoted to you” is such a wonderful love letter to Olivia Newton-John and all the amazing artists we’ve lost this year. #Oscar2023
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 13, 2023
I don’t know why I didn’t make the connection or didn’t see it coming, but John Travolta referencing Olivia Newton-Johnson was a punch.
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) March 13, 2023
Find yourself a friend in life who clearly loves you like John Travolta loved Olivia Newton-John. #Oscar #Oscars pic.twitter.com/XICYs708bR
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) March 13, 2023
John Travolta almost made me cry after quoting Olivia Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You”. I loved their friendship. They were phenomenal in ‘Grease’ (1978). 🥺 #JohnTravolta @Olivianj #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/WyZZTLLcO9
— Aaron J. (@TheRealAJ_) March 13, 2023
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