12/17/2014 10:34 am ET Updated Dec 17, 2014

Olivia Newton-John on Aging Gracefully

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Olivia Newton-John. Her list of accomplishments is so long and impressive that I want to nudge you to go here and refresh yourself about all of them. You’ll be reminded of why we love her and her music, and admire her dedication to making positive changes in the world—which she has certainly done.

I was living in New York City in the late 70s when Olivia’s name was on the tip of everyone’s tongue thanks to her starring role in Grease, the most successful movie musical in history. It features unforgettable hits, written by John Farrar, like “You’re The One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” and her mega-hit, “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” And of course later we can’t forget “Physical,” which brings back memories for me of a steamy 1981 summer in Chicago.

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