In the wake of the news that Olivia Newton-John had died at the age of 73, her Grease co-star John Travolta shared a heartbreaking message on Instagram in her honor.
Travolta, who is 68, shared a photo of Newton-John on his Instagram page. In the caption, he wrote, “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!”
And just for a little extra heartbreak for Grease fans, Travolta signed of the message, “Your Danny, your John!”
Travolta and Newton-John famously co-starred in the hit 1978 American musical romantic comedy movie, based on the 1971 musical of the same name. The roles of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson—a greaser bad boy and a goody-two-shoes girl who fall in love via a summer fling, only to realize they go to the same school—shot both Travolta and Newton-John to stardom, and made an indelible impact on the culture of both Hollywood and teen-hood. You don’t know true love until you’ve seen it done by Danny and Sandy.
And then there are the songs, sung beautifully by Newton-John, that have a habit of worming their way into your brain and refusing to leave. In his post, Travolta invokes the final refrain of “We Go Together,” in which he, Newton-John, and the entire cast sing, “We’ll always be together.”
Five years after Grease, Travolta and Newton-John reunited on screen in the 1983 romance, Two of a Kind. Neither Travolta nor Newton-John appeared in the far-less-celebrated sequel, Grease 2. A Paramount+ series, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, as well as a prequel, Summer Lovin’, are in production, though Newton-John had not been announced to appear in either.
The news of Newton-John’s passing was shared by her husband, John Easterling, who wrote on Facebook Monday, “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” he wrote.
He did not share a cause of death, but did mention that Newton-John had been battling breast cancer for decades. He shared, “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”