Olivia Newton-John Once Wore a Cleopatra Wig as a Disguise in Public

<p>Beloved singer and <a href="https://ift.tt/hpXjJrZ> <a href="https://ift.tt/JGPN8Tl Newton-John</a> first became an international pop star in the 1970s, and her fame only grew in the following decades. At one point, she tried so hard to not be recognized that she donned an interesting wig and makeup combo. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="5000" height="2813" src="https://ift.tt/mBGRJF3" alt="Screengrab of Olivia Newton-John speaking during the G'Day USA American Australian Association Arts Gala" class="wp-image-3123759" srcset="https://ift.tt/mBGRJF3 5000w, https://ift.tt/9CMRUJi 640w, https://ift.tt/DJ7irXB 768w, https://ift.tt/VNTnjCb 1024w, https://ift.tt/GizQLK5 1536w, https://ift.tt/HlTvgCa 2048w, https://ift.tt/SzwIl8j 1200w, https://ift.tt/CiPTSYD 107w, https://ift.tt/5GjyCYA 150w" sizes="(max-width: 5000px) 100vw, 5000px" /><figcaption>Olivia Newton-John speaking during the G’Day USA American Australian Association Arts Gala | G’Day USA via Getty Images</figcaption></figure> <h2 id="h-olivia-newton-john-rose-to-prominence-in-the-early-1970s">Olivia Newton-John rose to prominence in the early 1970s</h2> <p>Olivia Newton-John first burst onto the international scene in 1974 as a competitor on the annual <em><a href="https://ift.tt/bksSjO1 Song Contest</a></em>. She represented the UK and sang her song, “Long Live Love.” She ultimately lost out to none other than <a href="https://ift.tt/jFkICD1 band ABBA</a>. </p> <p>Newton-John became a household name in 1978 thanks to her starring role in <em>Grease </em>opposite John Travolta. Their duet from the movie, “You’re the One That I Want,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Newton-John’s third No. 1 single. Her heartfelt “Hopelessly Devoted to You” reached No. 3 on the chart. </p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-4-3 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="jetpack-video-wrapper"><iframe loading="lazy" title="Olivia Newton-John - Long Live Love - United Kingdom ?? - Grand Final - Eurovision 1974" width="925" height="694" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1eOMLWh0YIE?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> </div></figure> <h2>She once wore a wig in public to keep disguised</h2> <p>After the explosion of <em>Grease </em>in 1978, Newton-John couldn’t leave the house without being recognized and swarmed by fans. At one point, she needed to don a disguise just to go outside. </p> <p>Her nephew, Brett Goldsmith, spoke about his aunt’s unique disguise in a 2022 interview with <a href="https://ift.tt/A73qIN9" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">People</a>. She was on tour in Paris in 1978, and when she didn’t want to be noticed in public, she had to improvise. </p> <p>“She had a makeup artist and costume designer come to the hotel to make her up in disguise,” he recounted. “She chose a Cleopatra wig and makeup and some crazy coat. It took hours to do, and when she was finally ready to leave we walked out of the hotel thinking we had fooled everyone.”</p> <p>Fans, however, were quick to see through her look. “Clearly there was no disguising her, and nobody was fooled,” he laughed. “We spent the next hour racing in the car from the photographers and fans.”</p> <h2>She was beloved by her family</h2> <p>Goldsmith went on to remember who his aunt was as a relative and not as a world-famous singer.</p> <p>“Other than being the wonderful caring person who always called and asked about how life was going for you, she was the best fun to be around, humble and funny,” he recalled. </p> <p>“Even into her 60s and beyond, everywhere she went in the world both young and old were drawn to her,” he concluded. “I was lucky to be in her family, and I was proud that she recorded some of my songs and we wrote together. I also got to photograph her, and we always had a blast together. She is a rare human that can never be replaced nor forgotten.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="jetpack-video-wrapper"><iframe loading="lazy" title="Olivia Newton-John with John Travolta" width="925" height="520" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1cJFUHdWqX0?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> </div></figure> <h2>John Travolta remembered the singer</h2> <p>After Newton-John’s death in August 2022, her <em>Grease </em>co-star <a href="https://ift.tt/yqtRJYO Travolta</a> took to <a href="https://ift.tt/OQTgqt6" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Instagram</a> to share a touching tribute.</p> <p>“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” he said. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!” </p> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://ift.tt/RVz35eI Newton-John, ABBA, Céline Dion, and Other Artists Launched Their Careers on ‘Eurovision’</a></strong></p>

Olivia Newton-John Once Wore a Cleopatra Wig as a Disguise in Public
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