Olivia Newton-John & “Amazon John” Easterling
With a career spanning over five decades with more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia’s successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits, and more than 15 top 10 singles. In 2015 she scored another #1 hit, this time on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart with “You Have to Believe,” a duet with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi – becoming the first mother/daughter duo to top this Billboard chart. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease catapulted Olivia into super-stardom, earned her a Golden Globe nomination and, to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time.
Throughout her career, the much-loved star has held many humanitarian and environmental causes close to her heart. Olivia served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme, was the co-founder of Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (now Healthy Child, Healthy World) and, in 1992 she created National Tree Day in Australia, which is responsible for planting more than 10 million trees since its beginning. In 2008 she married “Amazon John” Easterling and together they are spreading the word about the importance of preserving the Rainforest by serving on the board of the ACEER Organization (ACEER.org). She also co-founded One Tree Per Child, an international school initiative with the goal of having every child under the age of ten plant at least one tree.
In keeping with her wellness efforts, Olivia also is a very proud co-owner of the award winning Gaia Retreat and Spa in the Hinterlands of New South Wales, Australia. Some of Gaia’s most recent accolades include the World Travel Awards 2019, World’s Leading Retreat (Global Winner); World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2019, Luxury Spa Restaurant (Global Winner); World Spa Awards 2019, World’s Best Day Spa (Global Winner); World Luxury Hotel Awards 2019, Luxury Boutique Retreat (Continent Winner); World Luxury Spa Awards 2019, Best Luxury Spa Retreat (Continent Winner) and Best Luxury Wellness Spa (Country Winner). Gaia’s unique wellness & healing ethos has truly set it apart by offering guests total flexibility to personally tailor their retreat experience. Add to this Gaia’s highly acclaimed world class spa cuisine, which has received numerous awards, including, most recently, the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Award for Best Health & Wellness Cuisine (Global Winner). Olivia was also honored with the Wellness Pioneer Award 2019 during the World Spa Awards gala event at the landmark Armani Hotel Dubai, receiving the top accolade for her outstanding contribution to the wellness industry.
In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal journey with cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. After nearly ten years of fundraising close to $200 million, the ONJCWRC opened its doors in 2012. The Centre provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center (ONJCancerCentre.org). “It has been my dream to create a healing place, within the hospital grounds, a sanctuary of peace, beauty and relaxation for cancer patients,” says Olivia regarding the Wellness Centre. In 2014, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, a not-for-profit medical research institute within the Centre was launched.
In 2017 Olivia revealed the very personal news that her breast cancer had returned and metastasized to her sacrum. The outpouring of love and support from around the world prompted the following statement from Olivia: “I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern. Thank you. I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the US and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer
Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others!”
2018 proved to be a big year for Olivia! In May 2018, she was thrilled to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, in recognition of her significant and ongoing support of cancer research and holistic health, as well as her outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry. In addition to focusing on her health and recovery, Olivia also reunited with John Travolta for a special Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences “Grease” 40th Anniversary event to celebrate the milestone.
In 2019 Olivia received the appointment as a Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia (General Division) – the highest Australian honor, for her eminent service to community health, particularly people living with cancer, through support for medical research, and as a songwriter and performer. The year ended with a major announcement and honor for Olivia in December. Her Majesty the Queen named Olivia Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to music, cancer research and charity.
Olivia also released her deeply personal, best-selling memoir, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” as both a hardcover and audio book in North America on Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster and it debuted at #12 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The book tells Olivia’s story for the first time in her own words. “I hope this story of my life from my early years up to today will bring some inspiration and positivity to the reader,” says Newton-John. “We all share so many experiences in our own unique way.”
Her 2019 ONJ Cancer Wellness & Research Centre Wellness Walk and Research Run – a global event, helping the ONJ Centre provide an environment that supports the whole person – body mind and spirit – giving patients and their families the best chance to win over cancer – raised more than $1 million.
Olivia’s appeal seems to be timeless. With her current and ongoing projects and philanthropic endeavors, Olivia’s worldwide popularity is as strong as ever! For more information visit OliviaNewton-John.com or follow her on Twitter @OliviaNJ or Instagram @TheRealONJ.
Since 1976 Amazon John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon rainforest where indigenous healers taught him plant medicine. His original degree is in environmental studies. His 28 years of rainforest plant medicine experience have been profiled on TV and in documentaries including the PBS Cousteau special ‘Return to the Amazon’ and World News Report ‘Amazon John, Rainforest Medicine’. Johns formulas have sold over $100 million worldwide. His passion for cannabis medicine began with his first cultivation in 1970. He currently maintains a research garden of multiple cultivars in California and is co-owner of a trophy-winning cannabis farm in Oregon.