Olivia Newton-John reveals in memoir that she dated a 'Hollywood bad-boy legend' but wouldn't say his name
The now 70-year-old star, who was thrust into the spotlight with her breakout role as Sandy in the film Grease, has spoken in detail about her losses and struggles in Don't Stop Believin', her memoir
Legendary actress and musician Olivia Newton-John has spoken out about how she suffered from several miscarriages, her love affairs, and her on-going fight with stage 4 breast cancer, also admitting that the disease would reemerge after she underwent periods of stress. The now 70-year-old star, who was thrust into the spotlight with her breakout role as Sandy in the film 'Grease', has spoken in detail about her losses and struggles in 'Don't Stop Believin', her memoir.
1982 was supposed to have been a happy time for the young actress but this was the year that she suffered her first miscarriage. It happened shortly before she tied the knot with actor and dancer Matt Lattanzi. The English-Australian philanthropist was first diagnosed with the disease after she did a self-exam at her home in 1992, the Daily Mail reported.
The discovery later led to her requiring a modified radical mastectomy and reconstruction of her nipple. The actress has also gone into detail about the many trysts she had had in her life with men, including one mystery Hollywood legend. Even though she refuses to say his name, she does give some hints as to who he could be. Olivia wrote that she was involved, at one point, with a "Hollywood bad-boy legend with a long list of girlfriends".
Olivia says that she met the mystery man in a coffee shop and that when he asked her out, she refused saying he was dating her friend, Susan George. She also happened to lie that she had a boyfriend at the time. The actress had been staying with Susan and her sister, Rona, at the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel when the "bad boy" called to speak to Susan, who was out.
Susan, for the most part, had celebrity boyfriends including Andy Gibb, Rod Stewart, and Peter Sellers. When Oliva was asked out again by the mystery man, she finally said yes. She wrote in her memoir: "He was my first major movie star encounter! His name? I'll never tell."
Olivia grew up in Australia after the family moved from Cambridge, England, in the 1950s. In her new home, she loved hiding in a little alcove about halfway up the stairs and watch her academic parents' glamorous friends arrive to pick them up for evening revelry. If the guests were staying in and she was allowed downstairs, she would always rush to light cigarettes for everyone. She wrote: "I liked the smell of the sulfur of the match and the burning tobacco and paper."
Her father also used to smoke whenever he read her bedtime stories. She wrote in the memoir: "I must have associated comfort with smoke, although now I know cigarettes and secondhand smoke are toxic for your health." When her father died of liver cancer in 1992, it was the first time she was exposed to the disease. In a wicked twist of fate, however, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer the same day he died.
She wrote: "Honestly, I had thought that I would retire, that it was the end of my career, but music kept appearing to me in my head and in my heart. I didn't retreat from my career but rather I went through the fire and reinvented it. Cancer is something I will need to stay on top of for the rest of my long life. It's up to me to manage my stress, to eat and rest well, and to continue with the healing protocols. Each time my cancer has occurred has been after a stressful time in my life which shows me that emotional stress can be a large factor in triggering illness."
The acclaimed actress also said that she decided to write her own memoir after she was the subject of a television biopic. She said: "I think it was really prompted by the fact that they were going to do a TV movie about me and I didn't know what they were going to say."
Olivia Newton-John's book "Don't Stop Believin'" went on sale on March 12. $1 from each book sold will go towards the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center in Melbourne. You can purchase your own copy here.