In a recent interview with Koda Kotb, Lattanzi discussed her mother’s final comments and how Newton-John remained alert up until the point where she was unable to speak.
“She could only say to me, ‘My sunshine,’” Lattanzi told Today. “And she was making jokes shortly before she lost her capacity to talk.”!– Composite Start –>
After a lengthy fight with breast cancer, the iconic actress and star of the original Grease passed away. At the time, she was 73 years old.
“I adore my mom more than anything,” she choked up. “You know, she’s my mama. She’s not Olivia Newton-John to me, but I’m grateful that she was for so many other people.”
Lattanzi has been grieving since her mother passed away six months ago, but she claims that the support of her mother’s legion of fans has helped her get through the tough times.
“It was, in fact, a life raft. It’s been like receiving a great embrace from the universe. And I’m grateful to everyone who contacted us and extended their hearts and connections.”
The release of John Newton’s cover of Jolene coincides with the arrival of the interview with Lattanzi.
One of the last songs Dolly Parton recorded was a Newton duet with John Newton.
John Easterling, Olivia’s husband, was present with Lattanzi throughout the conversation and said he regularly reminisces to his late wife in the third person. “I think about Olivia every day. And yet, every day, I’m glad for the 15 years I spent with this remarkable human being.”
Their wedding took place in 2008. Olivia is the one true love of Easterling’s life.
Her loved ones and colleagues in the entertainment industry have expressed their sorrow at Newton-John’s passing.
One of the co-stars was Stockard Channing. If you don’t recall, Channing played Newton-John’s opposite character, Rizzo.
“I don’t think I’ve ever met a nicer person,” Channing said exclusively to People. “When I think of summer, I think of Olivia. Olivia was the epitome of summer – her sunniness, warmth, and grace come to mind when I think of her. “I will miss her terribly.”
Didi Conn, who portrayed Frenchy alongside Channing, also published a statement.
According to Conn, who remained a lifetime friend of Newton-John, Olivia couldn’t walk during her final days.
“She told me that her health was, you know, she wasn’t walking anymore, and she had full-time care, but her husband John and her daughter Chloe were always there, and she said they were just so hopelessly dedicated.”
Conn then revealed her final message exchange with Olivia.
“Last time I communicated with Olivia was through text, and I said, ‘I hope you know you’re in my heart, always,’” she told The Mirror. “And she said, ‘And you are in mine.’” On July 5th, that was our final message. Olivia’s death is deeply personal to me and many others since she cared so much. Her heart was enormous.”
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Upon Olivia’s death, John Travolta also released a sad message. “You made all of our lives so much better, Olivia. Your influence was enormous. I adore you to pieces. We’ll see you later, and we’ll all be together again. Yours from the first time I saw you to the end of time! “Your Danny, your John,” the actor captioned a photo of Newton-John.
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