Olivia Newton-John Puts On Iconic ‘Grease’ Costume And Talks About Cancer Diagnosis
Olivia Newton-John was 28 years old when she slipped into an iconic Grease costume and became “Bad Sandy” in the 1978 hit movie. Now, at 71 years old, the outfit still fits her! She has slipped into the same outfit once again to show us just how svelte she’s stayed over the years.
“They live again! They live again!” Newton-John exclaimed as she emerged in the leather pants and jacket. This occurred during her interview with Gayle King on CBS Sunday Morning. Prior to even putting on the pants, she revealed that she actually had to be stitched into the pants every time she put them on for the movie. Can you believe that?!
Olivia Newton-John’s iconic ‘Grease’ costume
“I was a pretty skinny girl, and they were the perfect fit for me, except the zip was broken, so they would stitch me into them,” Newton-John revealed. She laughed while recalling that she would try her best not to need go to the bathroom while wearing those pants.
This is one of the many costumes that the actress is planning to auction off for charity. A portion of the proceeds will be going towards her Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center in Melbourne, Australia. She founded the wellness and research center during her own ongoing battle with breast cancer, which she is now fighting for the third time. She told Gayle that the pain can sometimes be “really bad.”
How she stays so positive amid cancer battle
“Crying pain, tears pain,” Newton-John explained. She also showed Gayle the marijuana plants she’s been growing to help combat that pain. She’s been very open about her use of medical cannabis during her cancer battle. Despite everything, she manages to keep a positive outlook on life. “In my opinion, if they give you a percentage, or you know, ‘This many women get this, and they live this long,’ you can create that and make it happen,” Newton-John explained. She believes not knowing how long she has left will help her live longer.
“It’s almost like — I think I know what the statistics are, but I put them away. But I’m gonna live longer than that. I’ve made that decision. And I don’t buy into the statistics, because I think they can make you really nervous,” she said.
Newton-John even went as far to joke that “denial is really healthy.” She elaborated, “It was consuming my day, and after some time I went, ‘You know what? I don’t know what my time is, but I need to enjoy my life, so I’m gonna eat a cookie if I want it, and I’m gonna have a cup of tea if I want it, and if I want to have a little bit of wine, then I’m gonna do that.'”
Check out the full interview with Gayle King on CBS Sunday Morning below.
This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.