New details on state commemoration
The memorial service for singer Olivia Newton-John will be held at Hamer Hall in the Arts Center Melbourne on February 26.
According to media reports, the official state memorial service for “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022) will take place on February 26. Fans can also say goodbye to the singer and actress, who died of cancer on August 8, 2022, at Hamer Hall in the Arts Center in Melbourne. The memorial service was organized with the star’s family, who accepted an offer from the government.
Newton-John’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith (59), said shortly after the entertainer’s death on the news program “A Current Affair”: “We will do it, not only on behalf of our family, but also on behalf of Australia, which she loved it so much. I think our country needs it so we’re going to take it,” Goldsmith said.
Free tickets are available from February 10, 2023 at 12 noon local time. The event can also be followed in the live stream.
Australia says goodbye
At the event, family and friends will pay their respects. Singer and actress Delta Goodrem (38) will perform a live musical contribution. Goodrem played Newton-John in the biographical miniseries ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ (2018) and has worked with the ‘Grease’ star in the past.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John has been an inspiration to many people around the world – her work in cancer research and treatment has saved and changed lives, and her music has been the soundtrack for a generation,” said the Prime Minister of Victoria , Daniel Andrews (50), quoted by Australian media. “We know the people of Victoria want to celebrate the life of a pioneer in medical research and an icon of film and music with a service worthy of her international fame.”
On Sept. 21, Newton-John’s friends and family commemorated her at a smaller memorial service in Southern California, People reported. Her good friend John Travolta (68) also took part. Other friends from Down Under also traveled from Australia for the funeral service.
Star on the microphone and on the screen
Newton-John enjoyed great success as a singer and actress from the 1970s onwards. Her international breakthrough came with the role of Sandy Olsson in the film “Grease”, in which she played lovers alongside John Travolta. Newton-John has won four Grammys in her long career and has been nominated for two Golden Globes and an Oscar.