Dame Olivia Newton-John sent actress ‘beautiful letter’ after cancer diagnosis

Australian singer Delta Goodrem, who portrayed Dame Olivia Newton-John in a 2018 biopic miniseries, has recalled the “beautiful letter” the actress sent her after her own cancer diagnosis.

s Goodrem originally met the Grease star at a chance meeting in New York when she was seven years old, years before she embarked on her own successful singing career and a role on Neighbors.

Speaking to Australian breakfast show Sunrise, the 37-year-old actress said it’s important for people around the world to come together and continue to “celebrate this beautiful woman who touched all of our lives”.

Describing her first meeting with Dame Olivia, Ms Goodrem said she was having hot chocolate with her mother in New York when the actress walked into the store.

“Suddenly Sandy comes in the door from Greece and I remember being there with my sparkling glasses and saying to my mum… ‘Sandy is here, Mum, Sandy, Sandy, it’s Sandy.

“Olivia heard my Australian accent and she walked over to our table and said, ‘Oh, I heard you have an Australian accent, so you must not be from here?’

“She said, ‘I hope to see you tomorrow,’ so the next day I looked all over New York looking for Olivia Newton-John.”

The couple reunited when Ms Goodrem was 14 and when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003 at the age of 18, she was approached by Dame Olivia.

“I got a wonderful letter from Olivia where I just talked about a trip and that you will see this as a gift to give back to people and we bonded immediately,” she told Sunrise.

“There was something to everything at every moment.


Delta Goodrem (left), Mel Gibson and Olivia Newton-John in Los Angeles in 2005 (Francis Specker/Alamy/PA)

“She was an example of what it means to be a role model and an example of what it means to lead kindly.

“The same goes for… what she’s done for so many. She continued to tap into that pillar of strength, that constant positivity and hope, and that’s what people feel from her.”

The couple continued to work together at charity events and Ms Goodrem said Dame Olivia would always make time and say yes to her requests.


Delta Goodrem originally met the Grease star at the age of seven through a chance encounter in New York, years before her own diagnosis (Image: Delta Goodrem/PA)

Discussing the letter’s impact on her, the Neighbors star added, “With someone who’s gone through it, it’s a very different exchange… it’s not that taboo to have the conversation about what you might be experiencing.”

“I think you know, especially in Australia and around the world, that she’s there for people, you know, and she still will be through her music and through her life.”

Alongside the biopic mini-series, Ms. Goodrem also released a cover soundtrack album titled I Honestly Love You in May 2018.

The pair also recorded a duet, Right Here With You, to raise money for Dame Olivia’s Cancer Hospital in Melbourne. Dame Olivia Newton-John sent actress ‘beautiful letter’ after cancer diagnosis

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