ENTERTAINMENT

Australian landmarks glow pink to honor Olivia Newton-John

Aug 10, 2022, 5:57 AM | Updated: 11:54 am
Flinders Street railway
station...
Flinders Street railway station

(CNN) — The Sydney Opera House will turn pink on Wednesday to honor Olivia Newton-John, the singer and “Grease” star who died on Monday in the United States.

Other Australian landmarks including Optus Stadium in Perth and Flinders Street railway station in Melbourne glowed pink Tuesday night in memory of the performer who was born in the United Kingdom but became one of Australia’s most-loved celebrities.

Victorian state Premier Dan Andrews said the gesture was made “to remember Olivia Newton John, and her enormous contribution to cancer awareness, research and treatment.”

Newton-John’s image was also beamed onto the side of Fed Square, an arts and culture venue in Melbourne’s city center.

Newton-John survived two bouts of breast cancer, one in the early 1990s, the other in 2017. In September 2018 she revealed that she was once again fighting cancer, this time at the base of her spine.

Despite her struggles, Newton-John maintained a positive outlook.

“I believe that when you go through something difficult, even something as dramatic as cancer, that something positive will come of it,” she wrote on the website for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, which opened in Melbourne in 2012.

“With more and more people affected by cancer every day, I believe we are in a world desperate for healing, and I’m committed to doing whatever I can to help.”

Following her death, the organization said in a statement that Newton-John’s “generous support and gift provided hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients.”

Hours after her death, Andrews said the state would talk to Newton-John’s family about the possibility of a state funeral. Newton-John’s niece Tottie Goldsmith later told CNN affiliate Nine Network they planned to give their approval.

“I think Australia needs it,” Goldsmith said through tears. “She’s so loved. And I think our country needs it so we’re going to accept that. ”

Details of the funeral have yet to be announced or confirmed by the premier’s office.

If a state funeral goes ahead, it will be the second offered for an Australian singer this month. The Victorian government is organizing a state funeral for Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers, who died August 5 at age 79.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 11: Rihanna poses for a picture as she celebrates her beauty bra...
JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

Rihanna to headline the next Super Bowl halftime show

Rihanna is set to star in February’s Super Bowl halftime show.
2 days ago
John Cena has completed a new accomplishment: breaking the world record for most wishes granted thr...
Zoe Sottile, CNN

John Cena breaks Make-A-Wish record after granting 650 wishes

Actor, wrestling legend, and perpetual meme subject John Cena has completed a new accomplishment: breaking the world record for most wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
3 days ago
Courtesy 20th Century Studios
23 Sep 22...
Jason Carroll and Lisa Respers France, CNN

James Cameron says ‘Avatar 2’ is ‘more emotional’ than the original

James Cameron spoke to the differences of the new film.
4 days ago
(Zillow)...
Eliza Pace

Iconic Stranger Things house for sale

A home for sale might look familiar to fans of the Netflix original series, "Stranger Things." 
4 days ago
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Marilyn Manson attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party ho...
ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer

Marilyn Manson sex assault investigation goes to prosecutors

Detectives have handed prosecutors the results of their 19-month investigation into sex assault allegations against Marilyn Manson.
7 days ago
FILE: Post Malone (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Bud Light)...
Michelle Watson, David Williams and Zoe Sottile, CNN

Post Malone suffers bruised ribs after falling through a hole on stage in St. Louis

Rapper Post Malone suffered a fall and bruised his ribs on Saturday when he fell through an opening in the stage during his performance in St. Louis.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
Australian landmarks glow pink to honor Olivia Newton-John