Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE (born September 26, 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born, Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. She is an avid activist for both environmental issues and breast cancer awareness. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and opening the Gaia Retreat and Spa in Australia.
from Olivia Newton-John: A Musical Journey, Written by Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
When Olivia Newton-John announced to the world that she had been stricken with breast cancer on July 14, 1992, she claimed that she was doing so "to save Enquiring minds 95 cents" and to avoid the lurid headlines in the tabloids. For anyone acquainted with Olivia's environmentally conscious, vegetarian, and otherwise healthy lifestyle, the prepared statement came as complete shock.
from debbiekruger.com: Olivia Newton-John Interview,
30 August 1994,
Over lunch at Shelley Beach, Ballina, NSW
Are you a vegetarian?
Not strictly. I went through a period when I was totally vegetarian, and I’m going back in that direction again. And then I got really anaemic... I was told to go back on meat. Even though some doctors would argue with me that you can get the right nutrition, I was trying to do everything I thought was correct to get enough iron but I just wasn’t getting enough iron.