In front of the camera
Olivia Newton-John’s niece († 73) bursts into tears
Actress Tottie Goldsmith opens up about a state funeral for Olivia Newton-John in a TV interview. The Australian struggles with her emotions.
“Grease” star Olivia Newton-John († 73) lost the long battle with breast cancer on Monday. Her niece, actress Tottie Goldsmith (59), had to say goodbye to her via video call because she lives in Australia. In the TV show “A Current Affair” she talks about this sad moment and bursts into tears again and again.
Goldsmith also says in the interview that a state funeral is planned for Olivia Newton-John. “We will do it. Not only on behalf of our family, but also on behalf of Australia, which she loved so much. I think our country needs that.”
Details not yet known
Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (50) has not yet been able to give any precise details about the state funeral. However, he praised Olivia Newton-John’s success: “She was an absolutely exceptional talent, a person of such grace, energy and vitality.” He also said that they are in contact with her family.
Olivia Newton-John grew up in Australia. Her niece emphasizes why the state funeral is important: “Australia needs it because she is very popular here. The country needs it so that we can all accept death.” In Australia, landmarks were also lit up pink to commemorate the actress.
Donations as a last wish
Olivia Newton-John spoke publicly about her breast cancer. She even founded a foundation that is supposed to advance research into cancer treatment. Her last wish is also about this one. Her husband informed on Instagram: “In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to commemorate her to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation.”
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