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November 26, 2022

20 Romantic Photos of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta From 1978 Musical ‘Grease’

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 1971 musical of the same name. Directed by Randal Kleiser in his theatrical feature film debut, the film depicts the lives of greaser Danny Zuko and Australian transfer student Sandy Olsson, who develop an attraction for each other during a summer romance. The film stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny and Sandy.

Released on June 16, 1978, Grease was successful both critically and commercially, becoming the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time. Its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best-selling album of the year in the United States, behind the soundtrack of the 1977 blockbuster Saturday Night Fever (which also starred Travolta) and earned an Oscar nomination for “Hopelessly Devoted to You” at the 51st Academy Awards.

Olivia Newton-John was 28-years-old and John Travolta was 23-years-old when they filmed Grease and the pair were on the edge of superstardom while shooting the movie. Despite numerous rumors to the contrary and some steamy pictures of the pair kissing at a party in 1978, there has been no romance between the two stars.

“I think it was good, because I think it kept the tension there and the chemistry,” Newton-John once explained. It might have been a real disaster had we decided to date or we had a falling out or something. We were both with other people when we were filming and I think, respectfully, it just didn’t happen. So I think it was just as well that it didn’t happen. But we’re still great friends.”


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