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Hopefully devoted: weed and attitude get Olivia Newton-John through cancer

As the star puts her ‘Grease’ memorabilia up for auction, she reveals how she is handling her illness

Celia Walden

Olivia Newton-John is telling me why she was going to turn down Grease.

“There were a couple of reasons why I didn’t want to do it,” explains the 71-year-old. “I’d just made a movie that was a total disaster, and didn’t want to jeopardise a musical career that was taking off by making another bad film. Oh, and I was worried that I was too old.”

Throwing back her tousled blonde head, the Australian actress bursts out laughing. “I was 29 and convinced I was way too old to be playing a 17-year-old. Of course, now I look back and think: ‘What was I worried about?’”..

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