- She lived in Cambridge, England, when she was a young girl. Soon after dropping out of Australia's University High School when she was in her mid-teens she returned to live in London, England. She had taken the suggestion of her favorite teacher to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. She later moved to Los Angeles in the mid-'70s, where she still resides.
- Sister of Rona Newton-John.
- Underwent surgery for breast cancer. 
- She grew up in both England and Australia. In 1954 (at age 5), she moved to Australia but returned to live in England 10 years later until she was 27.
- In 1975, she moved to the USA where she had already become well-established as a Pop and Country singer.
- Her winning of a talent contest in Australia led her back to England and on her path as a successful singer, performer and actress.
- Best known as a singer, she has over 25 Top 40 singles, more than half of which went Top 10, including five #1 hits.
- Well known songs include "Let Me Be There", "I Honestly Love You", "Have You Never Been Mellow", "Please Mr. Please", "Summer Nights", "You're The One That I Want", "Hopelessly Devoted To You", "Magic", "Xanadu", "Physical", "A Little More Love", and "Twist of Fate."
- Her biggest hit was "Physical" which sold over 2 million copies and spent 10 consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 (beginning 21 November 1981).
- In 1988 she visited Australia to make a television special titled Olivia Down Under (1988) (TV) to coincide with the Bicentennial. She and Cliff Richard performed and Prince Charles and Princess Diana were also present.
- Received a special mention in "The Goodies" (1970) episode: "Saturday Night Grease".
- Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. 
- While recording her first hit "If Not For You," Olivia's dog was in the studio with her and at one point knocked over a microphone stand. The noise is still evident in the song today (during the instrumental bridge near the end of the song).
- Her ex-brother-in-law is Jeff Conaway, who co-starred with her in Grease (1978).
- Measurements: 33 1/2B-26-32 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Aunt of actress Tottie Goldsmith.
- Daughter Chloe Lattanzi born in 1986.
- Her song "Physical" was banned by a radio station in Provo, Utah for its "suggestive" lyrics. She still had a concert in the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah, filmed for video.
- Ranked #95 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
- She received awards for her charity work and the "Officer Of the order of The British Empire" (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual ARIA Awards. (15th October 2002)
- In 1992 she returned to New South Wales, Australia to recuperate after battling breast cancer.
- She currently has homes in both the USA and Australia.
- She performed the background vocals on John Denver's "Fly Away" song.
- She represented Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
- Was a close friend of Karen Carpenter.
- Ex-aunt-in-law of Steven Lee.
- Grand-aunt of Layla Lee-Curtis.
- Believes the quality of her looks change on a daily basis.
- Dark chocolate caramels are a guilty pleasure.
- Fills her house with lilies and orchids.
- Her favorite scent is blooming jasmine.
- Loves make-up and always does her own for shoots.
- Never leaves home without her passport and lipstick.
- She lives in California and on her ranch in Australia.
- The most treasured item in her wardrobe is a beautiful opal and diamond ring that her mother left her.
- Would like to achieve total peace before she dies.
- Underwent surgery for breast cancer, declared bankruptcy, her father died of liver cancer. 
- Her German mother was a writer and photographer and her British father was the headmaster at Cambridge Boys' Grammar School in England - now named Hills Road Sixth Form College, as well as a Dean of a college in Australia. Her grandfather, Max Born, was a German Nobel prize-winning physicist. Her sister, Rona Newton-John was a model/actress and her brother Hugh is a doctor.
- On June 30, 2005, her long-time boyfriend, cameraman Patrick McDermott, went missing after going on an overnight fishing trip on a sport fishing vessel out of San Pedro, California. As of August 22, 2005, the U.S. Coast Guard had not located his whereabouts.
- She was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to the entertainment industry and charity in 1979.
- Her performance as Sandy Olsson in "Grease" (1978) is ranked #89 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- She was awarded the O.A.M. (Officer of the Order of Australia Medal) in 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to entertainment and the fight against breast cancer.
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