Olivia Newton-John’s Best Friend Susan George Pays Touching Tribute to Late Grease Star

Olivia Newton-John’s lifelong friend of nearly 60 years, Susan George, paid a heartfelt tribute to the late actress.

The iconic Grease star died peacefully at the age of 73 at his Southern California home on Monday, surrounded by family and friends.

And reflecting on her memories of Olivia, fellow actress Susan, 72, told how she felt “privileged to have known her”, as she also recalled their last conversation together.

Best friends: Olivia Newton-John’s lifelong friend of nearly 60 years, Susan George (R) paid a heartfelt tribute to the late actress (pictured together in 2009)

Growing up amidst the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, away from the camera, the two women cemented their friendship by bonding over their love of nature and horses.

Writing for The Mirror, Susan recalled the couple met as teenagers and developed a lifelong friendship, remarking that the movie star “filled my heart and head with pride”.

Detailing Olivia’s rise to fame through her role as Sandy in Grease, Susan said: ‘I was with her throughout the making, and during the premiere in London and when our stretch limo was mobbed, she was stunned and playfully humiliated by all the incredible attention. Did she ever know how beautiful she was? No, never, and that was part of his magic.

Rest in peace: The iconic Grease star died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in Southern California on Monday, surrounded by family and friends

Rest in peace: The iconic Grease star died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in Southern California on Monday, surrounded by family and friends

She went on to say that while Olivia enjoyed the premieres, parties and fancy lunches that fame brought, the Aussie beauty felt happiest when surrounded by horses, calling Susan’s stud her “sanctuary”.

The TV star recalled several funny moments they shared over the years, including a hilarious moment when she struggled to control Olivia’s Shetland ponies – the Grease star filmed and Susan still has the “precious video”.

She added that despite the couple living far apart, they were “always there for each other” no matter what, through “good times and bad.”

Honor: Reflecting on her memories of Olivia, fellow actress Susan, 72, shared how she felt

Honor: Reflecting on her memories of Olivia, fellow actress Susan, 72, shared how she felt “privileged to have known her”, as she also recalled their last conversation together

Bond: Growing up amid the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, away from the camera, the two women cemented their friendship by bonding over their love of nature and horses

Bond: Growing up amid the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, away from the camera, the two women cemented their friendship by bonding over their love of nature and horses

Speaking about when Olivia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Susan shared how Olivia had a “kind of acceptance”, adding that the star “knew” she could use her battle as a “platform to help others”, and had ‘no doubt that she would survive it.

Indeed, Olivia survived, having fought the disease twice more before finally succumbing to it earlier this month.

Detailing their last phone call, Susan said: ‘We spoke a few weeks ago and had the longest conversation about past and present, laughed a lot and I was worried it had been too tiring, but she did not insist.

“She seemed to have things she wanted to come out and share and I will always treasure what was to be our last conversation.”

A long time ago when: Susan recalled the pair meeting as teenagers and developing a lifelong friendship, noting that the movie star

A long time ago when: Susan recalled the pair meeting as teenagers and developing a lifelong friendship, remarking the movie star ‘filled my heart and head with pride’ (pictured by 1980)

Strong: Speaking about when Olivia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Susan shared how Olivia had a

Strong: Speaking about when Olivia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Susan shared how Olivia had a ‘kind of acceptance’, adding that the star ‘knew’ she could use her battle as a “platform to help others”, and had “no seed of doubt” that she would survive it

The Straw Dogs star concluded her tribute with touching words about her dearest friend, describing her as ‘talented’, ‘loving’, ‘generously feisty’ and ‘beautiful like no other’, who always put others first. herself.

She shared, “For me, I just feel privileged to have known her as a friend, to have loved her, and to have been a part of it all. Its light may have been dimmed for a little while, but now it shines somewhere brighter than ever.

Olivia passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends after a courageous and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer.

Memory: Detailing their last phone call, Susan said:

Memory: Detailing their last phone call, Susan said: ‘We spoke a few weeks ago and had the longest conversation about the past and the present, laughed a lot and I worried it might have been too much tiring, but she didn’t insist”

Lovely: The Straw Dogs star concluded her tribute with touching words about her dearest friend, describing her as

Lovely: The Straw Dogs star concluded her tribute with touching words about her dearest friend, describing her as ‘talented’, ‘loving’, ‘generously fiery’ and ‘beautiful like no other’

Her husband John Easterling announced her death on his Facebook page.

‘Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully this morning at her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends.

“We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.

Tragic: The Grease star died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer (Photo Olivia and her husband John Easterling)

Tragic: The Grease star died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer (Photo Olivia and her husband John Easterling)

“Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer.

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience in plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation fund, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research,” he said.

He also said that Olivia and her family had requested that donations be made to her charity, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, in her memory in lieu of flowers.

The foundation funds research into herbal medicine and holistic cancer treatments.

Charity: Easterling said Olivia and her family have requested that donations be made to her charity, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, in her memory in lieu of flowers

Charity: Easterling said Olivia and her family have requested that donations be made to her charity, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, in her memory in lieu of flowers

Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medical cannabis for cancer patients.

Easterling grew medicinal cannabis for Olivia on their ranch in the United States to “help her with her symptoms.”

Olivia is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.

The actress beat breast cancer twice, but was diagnosed again in 2017.

She has spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money for her charity online.

Family: Olivia is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi

Family: Olivia is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi

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