Olivia Newton-John ‘defied odds’ before her death, says best friend Jane Seymour: ‘She wasn’t scared’


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Jane Seymour was ‘devastated’ when she learned of Olivia Newton-John’s death, and knew she had been ‘in decline for some time’, but found comfort in remembering the ‘extraordinary spirit from her best friend.

Seymour exclusively told Fox News Digital that waves of emotion rose and flowed like the tides in Malibu where they watched countless sunsets together while raising their children and pursuing their careers in front of the camera. She has spent the last few days “crying her eyes out” as “all the memories came flooding back” of the past 50 years of their friendship.

“I realized she was a unique friend. I have friends, but not like her in my life,” Seymour said. “I remember our conversations so clearly and the smile on her face. And then the fact that she wasn’t afraid, I don’t think, to move on. She just didn’t want to miss life.”

The Grammy-winning Australian singer, who starred in the classic American film “Grease”, died on Monday at the age of 73 after battling cancer for almost 30 years.

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Jane Seymour and Olivia Newton-John were best friends for over 50 years. Pictured in 2019.
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“It was quite extraordinary and really sad because it was always her I called when there were life changes and vice versa. We could have really deep and wonderful conversations.”

Seymour’s father, a doctor who delivered Olivia’s sister Rona’s baby, first introduced her to the Newton-John’s when Seymour moved to the United States to pursue an acting career. She joked that her father had “no idea who Olivia Newton-John was” when she moved out and started living temporarily with Rona while Olivia toured the world singing.

“She was really busy and always sweet, but I remember one day when I had my first child, Katie, almost 41 years ago,” Seymour said. “She was living in Malibu at the time, and she asked us to come out and visit her. I gave her my baby to hold, and she just held Katie in her arms and looked at me and said: ‘How do you do all this? How do you do this?'”

When Seymour’s daughter was born in 1982, she had already risen to fame as the Solitaire Bond girl in “Live and Let Die”, starred in the Tony Award-winning production of the Broadway play, “Amadeus”, and won a Golden Globe Award for it. role in “East of Eden”.

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She answered her friend honestly, “I don’t really know Libby, but you know, I do. And I’m so happy. It’s the greatest moment of my life, and I’m just in love. with this little girl. creature.”

Soon after, Newton-John became pregnant with her daughter, Chloe, who “then became really good friends” with Seymour’s son, Sean. Sean and Chloe ended up collaborating as adults on one of Chloe’s music videos, which Seymour recalled was “really cute” for Jane and Olivia seeing their kids “working together as professionals”. after all these years.

Olivia Newton-John and Jane Seymour had "wonderful conversations" and connected at a deeper level.  Seen in 2004.

Olivia Newton-John and Jane Seymour had “wonderful conversations” and connected on a deeper level. Seen in 2004.
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Olivia Newton-John with Jane Seymour in front of a theatre, circa 1970

Olivia Newton-John with Jane Seymour in front of a theatre, circa 1970
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Olivia Newton-John was known for her "extraordinary" spirit by her best friend Jane Seymour.  Seen in 1992

Olivia Newton-John has been remembered for her “extraordinary” spirit by her best friend Jane Seymour. Seen in 1992
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“We trusted each other implicitly and we were very similar people,” she said. “We both liked to work hard, but we also knew that family was paramount. We had a lot in common.”

They had “long conversations about life and death,” each having lost their mothers, and Newton-John’s sister Rona died of an aggressive brain tumor in 2013. Rona was married to co- Olivia’s “Grease” star Jeff Conaway for five years. before divorcing in 1985. Conaway died in 2011.

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While she had a “unique bond” with the “Xanadu” star, her friendship with Newton-John was much like most relationships Olivia had, simply due to her caring nature.

“When I had friends who had cancer or who still had cancer, she would go out of her way to find the right doctors for them, to find help for them, to find some kind of medicine alternative to help them,” she said.

Seymour had a few chances to safely visit the “I Honestly Love You” singer before his passing. There had been confusion over days and places, but Newton-John had help getting ready during a visit in February and “she really should have stayed in bed”, but she made a “huge effort to see Seymour and his sisters.

Olivia Newton-John and Jane Seymour have worked together in the entertainment industry for decades.  Photographed in 2005

Olivia Newton-John and Jane Seymour have worked together in the entertainment industry for decades. Photographed in 2005
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Chloe Lattanzi and John Easterling supported Olivia Newton-John at her annual benefit for Cancer Research and Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia.

Chloe Lattanzi and John Easterling supported Olivia Newton-John at her annual benefit for Cancer Research and Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia.
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“I remember looking at her and thinking that this could easily be the last time I see her,” she said. “But I’ve felt this before…several years ago when she was incredibly fragile and taking lots of painkillers and I was just thinking, oh my God, her, she was barely eating. She looked so fragile .

“We were all surprised. She put everything back together and regained a quality of life. It was amazing. She defied all odds, really.”

The two stayed connected via phone or video calls as Olivia didn’t “wanna hide and just say, ‘I’m done,'” Seymour recalled. “She tried to be very independent. She always wanted to prove that she could walk and she could do things…she was fiercely determined to do as long as she could.”

Seymour recalled how Newton-John’s daughter and husband “never left” her side as she neared the end of her life. “It was adorable, and I know how much it meant to Olivia that Chloe was there,” she said.

And as more than just an international icon, “extraordinary performer and great singer” with four Grammy Awards, 67 singles and 100 million records sold worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all. the times, in addition to his main role alongside John Travolta in “Grease”, Seymour said her best friend would want to be remembered for the work she did to help the community live and fight cancer.

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Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi were fiercely close and protective of each other.  Photographed in 2016.

Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi were fiercely close and protective of each other. Photographed in 2016.
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Actors John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John kiss in a promotional photo for the film

Actors John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John kiss in a promotional photo for the film ‘Grease’, directed by Randal Kleiser, 1978.
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The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center (ONJ Centre) at Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia opened in June 2012. It is humbling to know that so many of you cared so much about me and shared my vision,” Olivia shared in a statement at the time.

Seymour was on a business trip to the area at one point and made sure to visit the hospital. She called her friend later to tell her how “amazing” and “incredible” the medical center was.

“I can’t remember how much later, but one day I got a call from her and she said, ‘You won’t believe where I am,'” Seymour said. ‘And I said, ‘Where are you?’ She said, “I’m at my hospital in Melbourne.” And I said, ‘Oh?’

Newton-John went on to tell Seymour, “‘No, I’m here. I’m actually in the hospital as a patient…and I’m so glad I built it. I didn’t have the intend to be here as a patient, but now that I am, I just have to say that I’m really proud of what we’ve done here.

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