As Olivia Newton-John approaches her 70th birthday and heals from the return of breast cancer last year, her philanthropic work, love for her husband, and her memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’, have taken center stage. But there is one re-telling of her life story that she’s not so sure about.
“There is also a movie of my life that’s been made in Australia with Delta Goodrem playing me.” She says, referring to the biopic, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You. “I probably won’t watch it. When they told me they were doing it, I was horrified, because despite the fact that I’m well known, I’m kind of private. And my private life, even though it gets into the papers, is not something I want to talk about.”
“I worry about the people in my life. It’s not their fault that they were married to me or were my boyfriend for a time, so I didn’t want it to happen. But then I realized it was going to happen whether I wanted it to or not. So I decided to make something positive out of the negative, and I asked that any money that would come to me would go to my hospital so that I can feel like I care about it.”
“I love Delta,” the star tells The Australian Women’s Weekly. “I think she’s a really good actress and a great singer so that made it okay, because we’re friends. In the beginning, she called me and asked, ‘Shall I do it or not?’ First, I said, ‘I’m not sure,’ and then I said, ‘Oh, you do it.'”
She added, “I haven’t read it, and I don’t know how accurate it is because it’s a movie and people weren’t there at every moment of my life. But the money will go to the hospital, so some good has come of it.” The hospital she speaks of is the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center in Melbourne.
“My dream is that one day, the hospital will be able to remove the word cancer from its name, and become a wellness and research center, because there won’t be cancer anymore,” Newton-John says. “They will have found the answer.”
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