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Hello, I am DjPault. This blog is dedicated to Olivia Newton-John. I have been hopelessly devoted to Olivia ever since my aunt took me to see "Grease" in 1978 when I was eight years old. On this blog you'll find rare pictures, the latest news and more. I also run an 80's remix blog called Burning The Ground so come visit me there too.

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~ DjPaulT

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Olivia Newton-John - She’s gonna Get Physical

Wednesday, 27 February 2008
SKY News


Olivia Newton-John is set to rock the Mardi Gras Party this weekend. She spoke with Katrina Fox.olivia-now-250.jpg

There’s no doubt that the GLBT community considers this year’s Mardi Gras Party to be a special one, if ticket sales are anything to go by: the event sold out, then a further 1500 late-release tickets were snapped up immediately.

While it could be argued it’s the 30th anniversary status that’s encouraged people to fork out for tickets, there’s no doubt that New Mardi Gras’ coup in landing Olivia Newton-John as a key performer has been a major drawcard for the event.

Now in her 60th year, Newton-John boasts a career spanning more than four decades that has seen her win countless awards, including Grammys and an Emmy for her singing and songwriting, as well as five number-one hits including ‘Physical’, which topped the charts for 10 consecutive weeks.

International superstardom came, of course, after her role as Sandy in the hit movie Grease in 1978 alongside John Travolta, then two years later in the 1980 rollerskating film Xanadu. Although the latter wasn’t a great box office success at the time, it became a cult hit, especially with queerolivia-in-grease-250.jpg audiences, and catapulted Newton-John to the status of gay icon.

“My gay and lesbian fans have always been so supportive and caring over the years so it is an honour to be called a ‘gay icon’,” she tells SX. “I am just glad that over the years everyone has enjoyed the music and movies and there is so much more coming this year.

Both films were very special for me. Grease of course changed my life and I made some really wonderful lifelong friends during that filming. In fact, Didi Conn, who played Frenchy, will be joining me on my Great Walk to Beijing in April so we are going to have some more great times.

“As for Xanadu, the music will always be a major highlight for me and, of course, having the chance to dance with Gene Kelly is something I will never forget. I guess both films are really special when it comes to dancing – I got to dance with John Travolta and Gene Kelly. What more could a girl ask for?”

Nowadays pop stars – especially the young female kind – are achieving fame, then burning out quickly; Newton-John puts it down to the 24-hour media coverage of their lives and she’s “grateful” she wasn’t subjected to it. “We all have good and bad days – it is just harder when everyone is reading about your bad day as it is happening,” she says.

And Newton-John’s had her fair share of bad days, most notably in the ’90s when she battled breast cancer. Since then she’s talked openly about the illness and her victory over it. She’s been instrumental in promoting public awareness of the importance of early detection, has set up a spa in Byron Bay, released her own range of wellness products and plans to set up a cancer centre in Melbourne.

When asked if she has any words for gay men living with HIV, she says, “Any illness is something that can take its toll, but my main advice is stay positive and seek to heal all parts of you as a person: body, mind and spirit. And never give in to negativity – we are all very strong and we can handle more than we really think we can in our minds if we just let go of fear.”

Despite her successful career in show business, Newton-John says the thing she’d most like to be remembered for is helping others. In addition to her cancer awareness work (she’s about to embark on a 228km walk along the Great Wall of China in Beijing with a group of celebrities and friends to raise money to build her cancer centre) she’s a tireless supporter of animal and environmental organisations.

These include Animals Asia (Newton-John currently stars in an ad raising awareness of the plight of moon bears kept in cages and farmed for their bile in China), and Planet Ark.

“I have always been an advocate for the planet and everything on it and any cruelty to any creature is just not right. We have to take care of the planet,” she says.

Meanwhile, amid her busy recording schedule and philanthropic endeavours, Newton-John will be taking care of revellers at the Mardi Gras Party this weekend. Mainstream media has reported she’ll be singing ‘Xanadu’, but she’s coy about the details.

“Well, maybe it will be ‘Xanadu’… maybe something else,” she teases. “We have to make it a surprise. Wait until everyone sees the costumes!”

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Olivia's Great Walk Press Release


MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday February 19, 200


Olivia Newton-John says she is "excited and proud" to announce the team joining her epic, cancer, fundraising journey, the Great Walk to Beijing.

The team joining Olivia includes international stars, Joan Rivers, Sir Cliff Richard, Dannii Minogue and Jane Seymour. They will be supported by Australian music industry legends, Jimmy Barnes, James Reyne and Kirk Pengilly. Television celebrities from across the globe have committed too with our own Alison Cratchley, and Rachel Gordon from Home and Away, Sunrise presenter Monique Wright, and Biggest Loser host, Ajay Rochester being joined from the US by, Carrie Ann Inaba of Dance War and Leeza Gibbons of Entertainment Tonight, fame and from the UK by actors, Gemma Atkinson from Hollyoaks and Martina Laird from Casualty. and more. Olympic and sporting heroes have also agreed to tackle the challenging journey for wellness, including, Kieren Perkins, Sam Riley, "oarsome foursome" men, Nick Green and Mike McKay and 7-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley. One of the founders of runaway business success, Curves gyms, Diane Heavin is already in training for the walk and of course the team will include everyday cancer survivors like Rhonda Martinez who works in the rag trade and fireman, Scott Morrison.

Olivia says, "I'm touched and honoured to be supported by such an eclectic and interesting group of people, it's really humbling and inspiring".

The team will face a tough physical and mental challenge, trekking 228 kilometres over 21 days along the Great Wall of China. The journey will begin with Olivia's team on a mountain trek with 40-degree gradients, winding through dust storms into the Gobi Desert as they head to Beijing over 21 days from 7th April 2008.

"It will be difficult and confronting", says Olivia, "like life there will be many ups and downs and unforseen challenges, every step will remind me of my own wellness journey and getting beyond cancer".

One in three Australians is touched by cancer. The star's personal experience with breast cancer 15 years ago led her to partner with the Austin Hospital in 2003, in her former hometown Melbourne, to create a comprehensive cancer and wellness centre for the treatment, care and research of all types of cancer.

"I will walk for the friends I have lost and for the many others who are engaged in their wellness journeys as we walk this historical metaphor of strength and endurance, each step that my team and I take will bring us closer to a realisation or our cancer and wellness centre and a healthier world", Olivia says.

Each participant will support Olivia by appealing to their friends and fans to sponsor their steps via the Great Walk to Beijing website, www.greatwalktobeijing.com , where progress reports on the trek and the ability for everyone to donate to support their favourite celebrity will be available.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Olivia Newton-John Co-host Healing Quest Fourth Season


Healing Quest
on WLIW in New York

The new season of Healing Quest begins Sunday, 2/17 at 7:00 a.m. on WLIW in New York. with Olivia Newton-John as a co-host.

Episode 401:

We begin by profiling the key role that natural approaches to wellness have played in the extraordinary life of Olivia Newton-John. Then we get the details on Mission Organic 2010, a national drive to foster a healthier diet for all Americans and for the planet as well. Next, Dr. Alan Greene, our nutrition expert, tells us about the Number One organic switch we should all make. Dr. Deepak Chopra gives us his prescription for having more joy in our live. And finally we debut a new kind of Healing Moment featuring the inspiring music of Olivia Newton-John.

thanks to Kathy for the summary.



Sunday, February 17, 2008

Olivia Newton-John Melbourne Koala Blua Appearance



Olivia and Pat Farrar will appear at Myer Lonsdale Street Store on Thursday 21st Feb 2008 from 12:15pm to launch the Koala Blue Organic Bed and Bath range.

Olivia Newton-John On "SUNRISE" AUSTRALIA"


Olivia will appear LIVE on SUNRISE
On Tuesday, February 19, Olivia will appear on Channel 7's SUNRISE to proudly announce the team of Australian and international celebrities and sports stars who will be joining her on The Great Walk to Beijing in April.

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/sunrise/

Australian Mardi Gras confirms Olivia Newton-John



Mardi Gras confirms Olivia Newton-John, Faker and Potbelleez
Mardi Gras today confirmed the rumours are true – Olivia Newton-John will be among the performers at the 30th anniversary Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Party on 1 March at The Royal Hall Of Industries, Entertainment Quarter.

New Mardi Gras is thrilled to have Olivia come to the Party, joining a huge lineup of international and local names, some revealed, others that won’t be revealed until the night! Mardi Gras has made a donation to Olivia Newton-John’s Breast Cancer Centre in lieu of a performance fee.

Speaking about her upcoming Mardi Gras performance, Olivia was excited about coming to the Party.

"I am thrilled to be a part of Sydney's Mardi Gras,” Olivia said.
“2008 will mark some important milestones in my life as I will walk the Great Wall of China in April as a fundraiser for my cancer center in Melbourne and GREASE celebrates its 30th Anniversary!

“I can't think of a better way to start this year off with than singing at Mardi Gras!
“The gay community has always been a major supporter of mine and I am hopelessly devoted to each and every one of them! I can't wait!"

Joining Olivia at the Party will be international DJ’s Hex Hector, Agnelli & Nelson and Paul Goodyear, as well as a number of local bands including Faker and the Potbelleez.

After years of trying, Mardi Gras organisers have secured the services of the entertainment icon for the March 1 closing party as the festival marks its 30th anniversary. Newton-John is geared to deliver one of the campest Mardi Gras dawn shows yet with her exclusive gig. Discussions are continuing as to which of her hits Newton-John will sing, but there are promises of dozens of back-up dancers and a guarantee that everyone present will know the words, the SMH reports.

Newton-John has just finished filming a TV series in which she reprises her role in the 2000 cult film Sordid Lives - playing a tattooed, lesbian, gum-chewing ex-con named Bitsy-Mae Harling.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

ONJ Fan's Top 40 Songs of All Time

After nearly 5 decades of recording, Olivia has multiple number one songs on a variety of formats. She has received various accolades from performances such as the Sydney Olympics, to receiving the OBE from Queen Elizabeth. When remembering hit videos, hit movies, and just plain hits, have you ever wondered what the ONJ community's overall most favorite Olivia Newton-John recorded tracks would be? Well, I thought so too, so we have put together an email campaign to do just that.

Participation is simple (with the exception of choosing the songs themselves!)...all you need to do is send an email with the subject "Top 10 Songs". Include a list of your personal TOP 10 favorite songs recorded by Olivia (or with her various duet partners). List your ten favorite songs from 1 to 10, 1 being your favorite, 2 your second favorite, etc.

Send the list to ONJTOPTUNES@YAHOO.COM, and we will tabulate the results and present them in a special blog entry later this month.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Olivia's Live Hits CD Giveaway!

Olivia's Live Hits CD Giveaway!

Courtesy of Capital/EMI

Sign Up for the Giveaway here

Thank You To Everyone Who Participated in Our Olivia's Live Hits CD Giveaway! We have randomly selected Three winners using Research Randomizer to ensure fairness. Thank you to Capitol/EMI Records and Bryce Winter at Miles High Productions for offering this special Olivia Newton-John Promotion to our site. Due to overwhelming support, I hope to offer new contests and giveaways in the future.

Winners enjoy, and thank you everyone!

DjPaulT


CONGRATULATIONS!
Winners:

Gary B.
Mesa, AZ

Mark R. M.
Riverside, RI

Ed W.
Bloomfield, NJ