WELCOME

Hello, I am DjPault. This blog is dedicated to Olivia Newton-John. I have been hopelessly devoted to Olivia ever since my aunt took me to see "Grease" in 1978 when I was eight years old. On this blog you'll find rare pictures, the latest news and more. I also run an 80's remix blog called Burning The Ground so come visit me there too.

Enjoy your visit and check bac often.


~ DjPaulT

Monday, December 24, 2007

Olivia Newton-John & Jon Secada "Every Time It Snows" In-Studio Footage

 Earlier this month, Olivia went into the studio to record a new song, "Lost Inside Your Heart," for Jon Secada's upcoming CD "Spanish American Classics" that will be in stores in mid 2008. While in the studio, press footage was shot to capture Olivia and Jon singing their moving holiday song, "Every Time It Snows," together for the first time.


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas Olivia!


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This is a Special Holiday Greeting To Olivia from More Than Physical and all of her Fans.

Feel free to sign the Card in the Comments Section.
Merry Christmas To Everyone.

Friday, December 21, 2007

MORE OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA





JUST CONFIRMED!
MORE OLIVIA ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Olivia is scheduled to appear in a taped segment performing A MOTHER'S CHRISTMAS WISH on Good Morning America's Weekend Edition (12/22 - check local listings) and, OH COME ALL YE FAITHFUL on Good Morning America Christmas Day and, lastly HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU on December 26.

****UPDATE!
Apparently there was a schedule change at GMA for the Dec. 22nd show and Olivia is now scheduled to appear on the Sunday, Dec. 23rd show instead. Check your local listings!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Olivia Newton-John "Christmas Wish" debuts on Billboard Charts!


















Olivia's new Holiday CD, "Christmas Wish", debuts on two Billboard charts this week:
  • Debut at #21 on the Top Indedependent Albums
    (Issue date: 2007-12-22)
  • Debut at #187 on the Billboard Top 200
    (Issue date: 2007-12-22)

From Billboard Magazine:

"After a six-year hiatus from The Billboard 200, Olivia Newton-John returns with “Christmas Wish” (ONJ Productions), a new entry at No. 187. It’s Newton-John’s first album to chart since “Magic: The Very Best of Olivia Newton-John” went to No. 150 in September 2001.

“Christmas Wish” is the 20th charted album of Newton-John’s career. Her chart span on The Billboard 200 expands to 36 years and four weeks, dating back to the debut of “If Not for You” the week of Nov. 27, 1971."

Click here to buy "Christmas Wish" on iTunes

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Olivia Newton John’s Baked Apples!

Olivia Newton John graced our greenroom this morning and you’ve never seen Maureen (make-up artist extrodinaire) more excited. Olivia is her idol and responsible for some questionable clothing choices Maureen made as a teenager (remember the “Let’s Get Physical” headband? the black spandex pants in “Grease”? Yup, Maureen had ‘em.)

From: Fox News Green Room
by Alisyn Camerota

Check out this favorite holiday recipe she gave me for her Baked Stuffed Apples:

– Core 6 green apples

– Stuff them with as many dried raisins and apricots as will fit in the hollowed out center

– Fill the bottom of a baking dish with orange juice, arrange the stuffed apples on top

– Bake for 1/2 an hour at 350 degrees

– Serve warm with ice cream and nuts (optional) sprinkled on top

Olivia says the orange juice becomes carmelized during the baking process and makes a delicious sauce. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

THURSDAY Dec 6th is a Olivia Newton-John "Snow"-Day !!!

THURSDAY Dec 6th is "Snow"-Day!!!! Let's do it!


Everyone who can, please buy "Everytime it Snows" on iTunes anytime on Thursday (but the earlier in the day the better)

Spread the word on to any other Olivia 'circles' boards/groups you know!

ALSO: Be sure to search and then visit Olivia's page at VH1.com a few times that day! Yahoo Search as well. Maybe she'll end up on the most visited Yahoo list too!

To make it that much easier, here is the direct link to the track on iTunes:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playlistId=267261663 &s=143441&i=267261705



REMINDER:
You don't need to even have an ipod to use iTunes! It's free software and a great way to listen to songs on your computer

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Olivia Live Hits! CD

Olivia Newton-John Live CD and DVD Pr-order

Olivia Newton-John "Olivia Live Hits! This brand new Live CD! Will be released on January 15, 2008. Pre-order now!
From: Amazon.com

Also Pre-order the companion DVD. Olivia Newton-John with the Sydney Symphony: Live at the Sydney Opera House. This DVD will be released on January 15, 2008. Pre-order now!
From: Amazon.com



Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fall In Love With Xanadu

Fun Video Clip from Xanadu On Broadway Site with Olivia Newton-John singing
"Xanadu"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Xanadu Sing-Along in Chicago

A ONE NIGHT ONLY CAMPTACULAR!!!



Are We A Muse?
Camp Midnight Movie SeriesDebuts with
Sing-Along Xanadu

Dick O'Day
and
Hell and a Handbag Productions
are teaming up with the legendary
Music Box Theatre
to present
SING-ALONG XANADU
The first in a late night film series of rancid
cinematic must sees we're calling
CAMP MIDNIGHT

A place, where nobody dared to go! Until NOW!

The Music Box teams up with Dick O'Day and Hell in a Handbag Productions to present a seasonal series focusing on the best (and worst) in camp movies – Camp Midnight. A Chicago first – Sing-Along Xanadu is the first film on the bill. For one night only, Saturday, December 1st, the classic musical roller disco film will be experienced the only way a classic musical roller disco film should be presented: in a theater filled with leg-warmers, drag queens and screaming Xanadu fans of all shapes and sizes belting out the film’s well known songs (“Magic,” “I’m Alive,” "Suddenly," “Xanadu,” etc.). Sing-Along Xanadu promises a tacky, hilarious extravaganza filled with roller skating, neon, spandex, and lots and lots of glitter – all with the lyrics emblazoned on the screen so shrill muses can sing loud enough for Zeus himself to hear.

Xanadu-ettes will also get to play games, interact with real life Muses that somehow got left on the cutting room floor, and vie for heavenly swag courtesy of Xanadu on Broadway – including a pair of free tickets to an upcoming performance. Tickets are $12 per person and may be ordered in advance at www.ticketweb.com. The fun begins at Midnight with hi-jinks throughout the movie.

Sing-a-long Xanadu is being hosted by the camptacular emcee Dick O'Day (Emmy award winning “Wild Chicago” correspondent) who is the rumored 3rd cousin, once removed, of Zeus, with entertainment coordinated by playwright and Artistic Director of Hell in a Handbag Productions, David Cerda who the Chicago Tribune has dubbed the “Charles Ludlam of the Midwest.” Rolling along side Cerda will be several comedic actors from Hell in a Handbag Productions, the company that the Chicago Reader says, “Represents the gold standard in camp in Chicago.”



The glitzy, over the top Xanadu, one of the worst, most beloved movies of all time (“mushy and limp” Roger Ebert declared in his 1980 review) stars Olivia Newton-John as a heavenly muse sent to earth to inspire a dissatisfied commercial artist (The Warriors Michael Beck) to follow his dream of opening a huge disco roller rink (in partnership with a clarinet playing Gene Kelly) – all while never removing her leg warmers. Like the meandering plot, Xanadu’s songs combine any number of musical genres – disco, rock, new wave, and big band – many of them by Electric Light Orchestra. The result is a spectacular, delightful mess along the lines of another spectacular mess, The Wiz.

Join Dick, your camptacular host for a one of a kind event when he joins forces with David Cerda and the Hell and a Handbag Players for a memorable screening of one of the WORST, most FABU-LUSH CINEMATIC PIECES OF MUSICAL GARBAGE you've ever tried to resist!

Saturday, December 1st
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Chicago
$12 bucks
PRE-SHOW STARS AT 11:30PM

GET YOUR TICKETS
BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!
PRE-ORDER

HERE



Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Olivia Newton-John A Holiday Celebration at Ford's Theatre

A Holiday Celebration at Ford's Theatre has been announced to air on ABC Wednesday, December 19th at 10PM. Check your local listing for exact times and dates.

Olivia will be performing "Instrument of Peace" from her Christmas Wish CD for the holiday special.

for more information visit Olivia Newton-John Official Site.

BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS

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Olivia Newton-John Chritmas Wish Review

Summary: Generous helping of richly-crafted pop pleasures

Christmas Wish
From: Christmasreviews.com
I
don't know about you, but when I think "Olivia Newton-John," I visualize the bouncy "teenager" (she was actually 29 at the time) clad in a slinky, skin-tight black outfit and wrapped around John Travolta in "Grease" thirty years ago (yikes!). I had forgotten just how good her voice truly is, but you won't forget once you begin listening to Christmas Wish, a generous (61 minutes!) helping of richly-crafted pop pleasures for the holidays. This Aussie has a multi-dimensional voice that won't quit, and this album provides an excellent showcase.


Full, clear, aching, breathy, nuanced, and bursting with emotion, Newton-John's pipes are marvelous. She also hits the high notes with great clarity and not a hint of harshness. Her Christmas Wish is intensely interesting on several fronts. First, it employs the unusual technique of inserting very brief instrumental interludes of holiday chestnuts between almost every two vocal numbers. These interludes are the familiar ribbons that tie the whole musical package together, providing valuable musical continuity. Second, the artist includes quite a few Christmas originals, which blend seamlessly with the familiar. The overall mood is nostalgic, loving, and heartfelt. As a mom, I bonded immediately with her A Mother's Christmas Wish (written with Amy Sky), one of the prettiest pop holiday pieces I know. As Newton-John sings "I wish you love, a life to share, and when you find someone to care, I hope that time is kind to you, and that all your dreams come true--this is a mother's Christmas wish for you", I got all choked up from the beginning bars. For all the trials and tribulations, children are the greatest gift of all.

Christmas Wish has some lovely Celtic fluorishes (the use of a pennywhistle on O Come All Ye Faithful, for example), and features some very cool duets. On Every Time It Snows, another memorable Newton-John/Sky original, the artist trades lines and harmonies with Latin crooner Jon Secada (sometimes in Spanish), and the effect is very cool. Staying with the multilingual theme, Silent Night employs a lovely English/French/Spanish combo and includes guest vocalist Jann Arden. Michael McDonald provides excellent counterpoint vocals on the emotive All Through the Night, and Barry Manilow's shmaltzy A Gift of Love closes the album.

Olivia Newton-John is a timeless treasure, and her Christmas Wish will make you a believer. Lovely!

--Carol Swanson
(Reviewed in 2007)

From the liner notes:

Special Guests:
Barry Manilow
Jon Secada
Michael McDonald
Jim Brickman
Jann Arden
Marc Jordan
David Foster
Humberto Gatica

All songs produced by Amy Sky

Order from Amazon

Artist site

Label: ONJ Productions
Length: 61 minutes
Genre: Pop
Release: 2007

Track List:

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful
  2. Angels We Have Heard on High (Interlude)3.Every Time It Snows (featuring Jon Secada)
  3. Away in a Manger (Interlude)
  4. We Three Kings
  5. The First Noel (Interlude)
  6. A Mother's Christmas Wish (featuring Jim Brickman)
  7. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Interlude)
  8. Angels in the Snow
  9. What Child Is This? (Interlude)
  10. Silent Night (featuring Jann Arden)
  11. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Interlude)
  12. All Through the Night (featuring Michael McDonald)
  13. Little Drummer Boy (Interlude)
  14. Underneath the Same Sky
  15. O Christmas Tree (Interlude)
  16. Little Star of Bethlehem
  17. Deck the Halls (Interlude)
  18. Instrument of Peace (featuring Marc Jordan)
  19. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Interlude)
  20. Christmas on My Radio
  21. A Gift of Love (featuring Barry Manilow)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Olivia Newton-John Video Sneak Peak at ET Christmas Special

Sneak peak at the ET Christmas Special

Check your local listings for the ET Primetime Christmas Special scheduled to air December 8, 2007. Olivia performs "Everytime It Snows" with Jon Secada, and "A Mother's Christmas Wish." Visit Olivia Newton-John's Official Site For More Details.

Be sure to tune in.

Press Play To View Video

Monday, November 19, 2007

Olivia Newton-John Exclusive Pictures from ET Christmas Special Shoot

Michael Caprio,Amy Sky,Olivia and Jon Secada pose between takes

E
xclusive pictures from ET Christmas Special. TV Special set to Air December 8th.
Check Your Local Listings For Details.
Olivia Performs "Everytime It Snows" with Jon Secada and "A Mothers Christmas Wish".
Click HERE to see all of the behind the scenes photos.

Olivia Newton-John Steve Irwin Day Exclusive Pics

Olivia and a Wombat

Exclusive Pictures Of Olivia celebrating Steve Irwin Day 11/15/2007 At Australia Zoo.
You Can view the rest of the photos Here.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Olivia Newton-John: Olivia's Odyssey

Olivia Newton-John, who turns 60 next September, is leading a trek in China next year to raise funds for cancer.She Olivia will lead a tem with the walk planned to take take 21 days to walk 228km along the Great Wall of China.

Starting out on April 7, 2008, and ending up in Beijing, the team will include overseas celebrities, sports stars and cancer survivors. And if you're wondering with Australian celebrities are to take part – look no further than our own intrepid Kochie!

The trip is a a fundraiser – businesses and individuals are being asked to sponsor people for one dollar per step. The goal is to raiseat least $10 million for Olivia's Wellness Centre.

The Wellness Centre would be a quiet place for patients and their families to visit. It would provide complementary therapies such as support programs for patients and their families, meditation, relaxation, massage, art and music therapy, nutrition, exercise, aromatherapy.

The centre is planned to be built in Melbourne in 2012.

This would be the first Wellness Centre in Australia to be based at a major cancer research and treatment hospital, it's aim being to treat the whole persoin, not simply the disease.

Olivia has herself fought breast cancer which she was diagnosed with 15 years ago.

Olivia Newton-John, preparing yesterday for her 21-day walk along the
Great Wall of China. It will raise money for breast cancer research.


More info
www.greatwalktobeijing.com
www.olivianewton-john.com/


Olivia Newton-John: How Cancer Hurts Us



It's 15 years since Olivia
Newton-John recovered rom breast
cancer. Now she shares her
message of wellness' with the world.



The cancers most commonly causing death for men are:
  • lung cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • colorectal cancer
For women, the most common cancers are:
  • breast cancer
  • lung cancer
  • colorectal cancer
For childen under 15 years, the most common cancers are:
  • lymphoid leukemia
  • brain cancer
  • central nervous system cancer

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Buy Olivia Newton-John's Christmas Wish Target Exclusive

Target Store Display

Olivia's new "Christmas Wish" CD has been exclusively released to Target Stores in North America you can find it usually in the Christmas Decorations section at most Target stores. Or You can purchase it online at:
Amazon.com
or at Official Olivia Newton-John Store

Olivia flies in



12:06p.m. 14 November 2007

Olivia Newton-John is flying into the Sunshine Coast today in preparation for tomorrow’s Steve Irwin Day celebrations at Australia Zoo.

Thousands of Crocodile Hunter admirers are expected to join the Irwin family, Newton-John and Jimmy Barnes for the special tribute day.

Activities at the zoo will also include the premiere of three new songs by nine-year-old Bindi Irwin, and the launch of Terri’s new book, My Steve, as well as a yet-to-be-revealed “special tribute” to her late husband.

November 15 has been set aside to remember Steve, who died on September 4, 2006, when a stingray barb pierced his heart as he was filming an underwater documentary off the north Queensland coast.

Terri said in a statement it would be a day guests would not forget.

“We can’t wait to celebrate Steve’s amazing life the way he would have wanted, through an action-packed day at the zoo,” she said.

The University of Queensland will honour Steve Irwin at a function tonight with a posthumous adjunct professorship in biology recognising his crocodile research.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pre-Order Olivia Live From Sydney DVD


You can now Pre-Order, Olivia Newton-John & The Sydney Symphony Live At The Sydney Opera House DVD. From Amazon.com
The DVD Is Due To Be Released On January, 15, 2008

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Olivia to Perform at Australia Zoo

Olivia will perform at Steve Irwin Day and the world-famous Australia Zoo on November 15.

Steve Irwin Day on November 15 will be a day for remembering the one and only Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. The day will represent the many things Steve was passionate about; family, wildlife and FUN. You can get involved in a number of ways including visiting Australia Zoo for an action packed day, having a Backyard Campout or donning your khakis for Khaki Day.

All proceeds raised from these activities will go to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide.

http://www.steveirwinday.org

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Malibu Fire News Update



Olivia and her family safe from Malibu fires.

Olivia, Chloe and her family are safe. Her house has been evacuated but so far (Oct 22) it has been protected

Our thoughts are also with all other residents, pets and wildlife affected by the fire

-OnlyOlivia

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Breaking Olivia Newton-John News!!

Olivia Newton-John's Family Evacuated

Posted Oct 21st 2007 1:45PM by TMZ Staff
TMZ has confirmed that Olivia Newton-John's home is being threatened by the fire and her family has been evacuated. The singer is not in town, however, as she's in Canada wrapping up her tour.


This Fire Is Near Olivia's Home.

Celebrities already evacuated due to imminent fire danger include Titanic director James Cameron and singer Olivia Newton-John.

Others who live in that same area but have not been evacuated include Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, Sting, Bill Murray, Tatum O’Neal, Rob Reiner, Linda Ronstadt, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.


Malibu 'at the mercy of the wind'

(CNN) -- A series of wildfires Sunday in Southern California led to evacuations in some areas, including the dormitories at Pepperdine University's campus in Malibu, and shut down the Malibu section of the Pacific Coast Highway.
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Flames engulfed Castle Kashan located at the top of a hill in Malibu, California.

Three homes, one church and two businesses have been destroyed in the fire engulfing 1,000 acres, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The Pacific Coast Highway was shut down in Malibu.

The county fire department as of 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) listed the following areas as being under mandatory evacuation orders: Montenedo, Malibu Road, Malibu Colony, Pepperdine, Malibu Crest, Serra Retreat and Big Rock.

Winds were clocked at 50 mph and were expected to increase throughout the day, said Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.

Warning that the fire is "zero percent" contained, Malibu Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Conley Ulich said, "We are at the mercy of the wind."

Freeman's "best projection" is that the fire will last at least two days.

It began around 7 p.m. ET Saturday.

Hot weather and Santa Ana winds marked the height of traditional wildfire season this weekend, after one of the driest years on record.

"Thousands of homes are going to be threatened at one time or another based on the movement of the fire," said Freeman.

About 200 homes were evacuated Sunday morning, said Inspector Rick Dominguez of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

About 250 firefighters were working to combat the fast-moving flames.

Noting that there have not been any reported injuries, Freeman urged residents not to return to their homes to retrieve anything.

"We're all scared to death and we have nowhere to go," Susan Nuttall, 51, told The Associated Press as she sat in her black Mercedes in a cul-de-sac after fleeing her condominium near the Pepperdine campus. She was wearing a bathrobe and holding her Chihuahua.

Video showed flames consuming the landmark Castle Kashan, a fortress-like home with turrets and arched windows.

Chunks of brick fell from the exterior of the burning building overlooking the coast. The house was not directly in the fire's path, but the powerful winds carried embers to the building, Dominguez said. Castle Kashan is the home of Lilly Lawrence, a Malibu philanthropist.

Daniel Collins, who has been staying at Castle Kashan for a few months, said he woke to thick smoke and "flames licking the windows."

"It was pretty intense," he told CNN. "And we were probably in this house for an hour or so watching this and finally they got us out of there. By the time we left, the castle was engulfed in flames."

Collins said he felt safe because there were many firefighters. Once he was helped from the castle, Collins rushed to see if his neighbors were safe and they were, he said.

Meanwhile, students at Pepperdine's Malibu campus were told to gather at Firestone Field House, while faculty and staff were gathering at Tyler Campus Center, campus police told CNN.

School spokesman Rick Gibson said school authorities went door-to-door clearing out the dorms. However, he said the school does not believe students and faculty are in any danger.

Los Angeles Fire Inspector Sam Padilla said the department was encouraging evacuations at the school because aerial views of the fires, fanned by winds, showed some buildings on the campus were threatened.

Power was also knocked out on the campus, he said.

The residential area Malibu Crest and vacation area Sierra Retreat also were evacuated Sunday, he said.

Evacuation centers were set up at Zuma Beach and authorities had aerial teams serving as lookouts, and helicopters and fire engines to areas as they became threatened, Dominguez said.

Residents of the threatened areas include Dick Van Dyke, Mel Gibson, and Olivia Newton John.


Meanwhile, another wind-driven wildfire has burned more than 500 acres of woodland in the Townsend Peak area of California's Angeles National Forest, in the northern section of Los Angeles County, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea.

The fire, which started just before 10 p.m. Saturday (1 a.m. Sunday ET) Saturday, threatens a condor habitat and destroyed an out-building, Florea said

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith on surviving breast cancer

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Actress Jaclyn Smith will never forget the day she found out she had breast cancer. And she'll never forget the lesson she learned in those very first moments of being a cancer patient.
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Olivia Newton-John


Jaclyn Smith

As her doctor gave her the diagnosis, "I was in a state of panic," she says. "It was kind of surreal, and you don't really hear what they're saying."

The lesson she learned that day: "Don't go it alone," she says. Her husband, Brad Allen, who was with her at the doctor's office, was better able to focus and ask questions about the best treatment options.

Smith says she remembers she did manage to ask one question: "I said, 'Am I going to be here for my children?' He said, '98 percent, yes.' "

Five years later, Smith is indeed here for her children. She's one of the 2.4 million women in the United States who've survived breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. According to a report out this week from the American Cancer Society, the death rate from breast cancer went down 2.2 percent per year from 1990 to 2004.

This means more life for these women, and more wisdom from them about how to survive a cancer diagnosis. (Smith, for example, travels the country talking to women about breast cancer as a paid spokeswoman for drug company Eli Lilly). Here, from Smith, singer Olivia Newton-John, and gynecological oncologist Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, herself a breast cancer survivor, is advice that can come only from having been there.

Smith and Newton-John: Don't always trust your instincts

When Smith got home from the doctor's office that day, "I said, 'Take my breast off.' I said, 'Take it off, take it off, take it off." But she says her husband, who's a physician, showed her studies that showed that with her particular kind of tumor, it was best to do a lumpectomy with radiation.

Newton-John also found that her first instincts weren't always right. When her cancer was diagnosed in 1992, she was scared of having chemotherapy, and considered forgoing it and using alternative treatments, such as homeopathy and acupuncture instead.

"Common sense prevailed," said Newton-John. "One of my girlfriends said, 'Why would you want to risk even that one cancer cell? You have a child.' " She had chemotherapy after a modified radical mastectomy, and she says the chemo ended up not being nearly as bad as she'd feared.

Newton-John: Don't call your friends

When Newton-John got her diagnosis, she sat down to call her friends and tell them the bad news. Time was of the essence, since she knew a journalist was about to report erroneously that she was dying of cancer.

"The second friend I called burst into tears, and I thought, 'I don't need this,' " she says. "So I had a sister and friends make the calls. That way I could focus on positive thoughts, instead of on the illness."

Smith: 'Girlfriends saved my day'

"One of the most important things you can do is remember the power of girlfriends," Smith says. "Your family is there for you, but they get emotional. Girlfriends saved my day."

Smith says one friend who'd survived breast cancer was particularly helpful. "She'd been there and could say, 'Hey, look at me now. I'm on the other side of it.' "

Sometimes the girlfriends can be new friends. When Newton-John feared chemo, her oncologist put her in touch with other women who'd had the same treatment she'd be getting, and they helped her deal with her fears.

Runowicz: Know your tumor

It's very likely a breast cancer patient will be called upon to make choices: lumpectomy vs. mastectomy, or choices between different types of chemotherapy.

"In the old days, we used to be paternalistic, and tell patients what to do," says Runowicz, the immediate past president of the American Cancer Society and director of the Neag Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut. "Now we lay out all the choices for the patients."

For example, Runowicz said it wasn't at all clear what type of chemotherapy she should have -- three doctors gave her three different recommendations.

To make choices, she says, patients need to know what type of tumor they have and how fast it's growing. She says a tumor that is estrogen positive, progesterone positive, and HER2 negative is the "best" kind to have -- tumors with those genetic characteristics tend to be the easiest to treat. And if it's spread to more than three lymph nodes, that's a sign you might need more aggressive treatment.

Runowicz: 'It's never an emergency'

Runowicz tells breast cancer patients they have more time than they think to plan out a treatment strategy. "The cancer has been there for years before it's detected," she says. "Emotionally you feel like you have to do everything tomorrow, and you don't."

Runowicz recommends taking some time to get a second (and maybe third) opinion on treatment options, especially if the original doctor was not at a major cancer center.

And when they start chemotherapy, she tells women to give up any notions of having a normal life. "Chemo is in charge of your life. You get sick and you get tired," she says. "You just have to say, 'this is a year of my life, and it's going to be a short year and a long life.' " E-mail to a friend

All About Breast Cancer



Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Preview of Olivia on "Healing Quest"


SONOMA, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Lightbridge Media, the creators and producers of the Healing Quest television series (http://www.healingquest.tv) airing on PBS stations across the country, announced today that music and film icon Olivia Newton-John will join the series as a co-host beginning with January 2008 episodes.


**PREVIEW VIDEO OF OLIVIA ON "HEALING QUEST"

Ms. Newton-John will join Judy Brooks and Roy Walkenhorst, the founders of Lightbridge Media and Healing Quest's current on-air hosts, in bringing programming that inspires, informs and empowers consumers to take responsibility for their health and well-being. She will also contribute as a producer-at-large with the Company across multiple media channels, as well as writing and recording new music for Healing Quest.

"We are so grateful to have Olivia joining us in the next phase of our quest to provide the most useful and trustworthy integrative health and well- being resources to consumers worldwide," said Judy Brooks, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of Lightbridge Media. Ms. Brooks went on to say "we met Olivia through her work with Deepak Chopra (http://www.deepakchopra.com) who is an active advisor to our Company and an on-air contributor to our TV series for the last two seasons. We found that we have a shared vision and passion with Olivia around creating a forum for hope and healing based on integrative health as a lifestyle."

Said Ms. Newton-John: "So many wonderful integrative therapies are available nowadays, whether it is to stay healthy or use when you're going through an illness. When I was sick with cancer I did it all: I went through the traditional protocols of surgery and chemotherapy -- the Western medicine route -- which I combined with other therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, meditation and yoga to give myself every chance of recovery. It felt really empowering to take control this way by contributing to my own recovery."

"People want to be given unbiased information and then make their own decisions based on their care options," she said. "To be part of Healing Quest, a program that has the most current information on natural approaches to health and wellness, is a wonderful thing."

Adored by millions of fans around the globe, Olivia Newton-John's musical and film accomplishments are well known. Her public, humanitarian and wellness related activities have always been of equal importance throughout her career. Ms. Newton-John served as National Spokesperson for 10 years for Healthy Child - Healthy World (formerly the Children's Health Environmental Coalition / CHEC) founded in 1991, after the tragic death of her daughter Chloe's best friend from a rare childhood cancer (http://www.healthychild.org).

In the 90's, she successfully overcame her own battle with breast cancer, which inspired her "GAIA" album, reflecting upon her experiences with cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, Ms. Newton-John has become increasingly well known and respected for talking openly about her battle with breast cancer and for promoting public awareness of the importance of early detection.

She has partnered with the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre in the creation of the "Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre" (ONJCC) on the Austin Campus in her hometown, Melbourne, Australia. The ONJCC will provide a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research, as well as a wellness center (http://www.oliviaappeal.com).

Her healing spirit also led to the opening of the GAIA Retreat & Spa in her homeland of Australia (http://www.GaiaRetreat.com.au). Ms. Newton-John's CD "Stronger Than Before", released in 2005, features songs of inspiration, courage and hope that relate to the complex emotions cancer patients and their loved ones experience. A portion of the CD's proceeds benefit cancer research.

Her critically-acclaimed recording, "Grace and Gratitude", a CD for relaxation to promote spiritual balance and physical and emotional healing, was released in September 2006 and coincided with the launch of Olivia's signature line of body, heart and spirit wellness products for women which include the "Olivia Breast Self-Exam Kit," an aid to helping women perform self-exams with more ease and confidence. To learn more about Ms. Newton-John, her latest CD "Christmas Wish" (in stores November 6, 2007), upcoming public television concert special "Live From Sydney!" and more please visit (http://olivianewton-john.com).

"We believe partnering with Olivia is a significant step in achieving our vision for the Healing Quest brand platform as the 'trusted guide' to help consumers navigate their growing integrative health and wellness options," said Roy Walkenhorst, Lightbridge Co-Founder and CEO. "Olivia shares our belief in the power of PBS as a broadcast partner for delivering credible and practical information to viewers to advance their personal healing journeys."

"Many of our contributing experts like Deepak Chopra and Andy Weil have laid the foundation for PBS to be the broadcast authority in health and wellness programming," he added. "With Olivia on board, we are developing plans to take our partnerships with the local PBS stations to the next level with co-marketing outreach and live events."

Lightbridge Media is in a unique position to capitalize on this booming but fragmented market that is currently estimated to be about $500 billion in the US alone, having doubled in the past 5 years. Lightbridge Board Member and CMO, Ross Anderson said: "We believe that the trend of both consumers and conventional medical doctors moving toward a more 'integrative' model of preventive health care will continue, and that the consumer will play an increasingly influential role in healthcare decision-making, resulting in an increased demand for authentic and authoritative information, advice, services and products."

Anderson added: "Building from our flagship Healing Quest series Lightbridge has the brand platform and consumer reach backed by a well- developed business plan and management team to become a powerful cross-media, social networking and merchandising leader in the wellness space."


About Lightbridge Media

Headquartered in the 'Valley of the Moon" -- Sonoma, California -- Lightbridge Media is an early-stage cross-media and lifestyle company founded by media veterans Roy Walkenhorst and Judy Brooks. The Company is developing its Healing Quest(C) branded TV series into a powerful cross-media, social networking and merchandising leader in the wellness space. Healing Quest will serve as a public face for uniting the growing wellness movement, creating a dedicated resource for this affluent lifestyle community. The brand platform will encompass television, broadband video, social networking, marketing, e- commerce, radio and live events. The Healing Quest TV series, now entering its fourth season on PBS, is recognized as a pre-eminent source of information for the growing number of people who seek authentic and authoritative information on integrative health and well-being, across physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual dimensions. The credibility of Healing Quest is such that Deepak Chopra, the renowned pioneer in mind-body medicine, has signed on as a regular contributor, and the show features other thought-leading integrative medicine experts like Andrew Weil, Joan Borysenko and Dr. Memet Oz. (http://www.healingquest.tv)


CONTACT INFORMATION:
Ross Anderson (917.797.2478)
http://www.healingquest.tv
Lightbridge Media
1051 Broadway, Suite F
Sonoma, CA, 95476
Tel.: (707) 939-4920

Olivia Takes Secret Dance Lessons

Dance teacher unwittingly twirls with Newton-John

Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, Canada
Thursday Oct 11 2007
Photos by Kerry Galenzoski


Updated Sat. Oct. 13 2007 2:23 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A Winnipeg dance instructor unwittingly gave lessons recently to Olivia Newton-John.

The British-born, Australian-raised singer and actor arrived in the Prairie city a day before her concert there and wanted a little dancing tune-up.

"We felt like dancing so we looked up a dance class on the Internet and found one, and had a really fun time," she told CTV Winnipeg. "I learned how to jive!"

Newton-John, 59, wanted to dance, but she didn't want attention. She didn't tell Ted Motyka who she was. "He doesn't know that we were there. We were just part of a gang," she said.

He found out Friday when CTV News told him.

"I was kind of stunned! It's a great, great honour to have her here," Motyka said.

"I thought the face was familiar, but you can't really tell unless you really put the thought to it," he said. "We were chatting after the class. They told me they were from California. But it never clicked because I had the next class right after that!"

Now he realizes he actually danced with John.

"She was kind of afraid of dancing a tango," he said.

"She was like, 'No, no. I don't know this. And I said, 'You'll see, you'll do very good'. And the first time, no problem whatsoever," Motyka said. "Big compliments to Olivia Newton-John for being so quick and such a wonderful student."

Newton-John complimented her coach: "Very good teacher, very good. Yeah, I liked it!"

She only had the one lesson, but Motyka and his wife Margaret, also a dance instructor, hope John will return.

"Next time she should bring (John) Travolta, maybe show us a few moves from that movie," Margaret said, referring to Travolta's and Newton-John's 1978 musical mega-hit "Grease."

Added John: "It was great dancing with her, even if I didn't know it at the time."

Report from CTV Winnipeg's Jon Hendricks

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Great Wall Of China Walk For A Cure

Olivia Newton-John’s
Long Walk for
a Cure



Friday, October 12, 2007

“There seems to be an increase in breast cancer,” said Newton-John. “For me, since I recorded my album in ‘92 when I was first diagnosed, I felt attached to mother earth and always said, as mother earth is getting sick we, women, are getting sick too. We’re a byproduct of mother earth. We need to take better care of ourselves.”

Today, 15 years after battling the disease, the singer and actress, best known for her role as Sandy in Grease and as the ‘80s pop star who had everyone “getting physical,” is still spreading the word about breast cancer awareness across the planet, mainly through the development of a cancer and wellness center, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center, in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

Newton-John may be 59, but she looks as fabulous as ever. Her latest undertaking serves as a testament to her youthfulness and will keep her on her feet for three weeks as she treks half-way around the earth to spread awareness in China during a walk along the Great Wall. The walk will raise money for research at the new cancer center.

The Great Wall of China Walk will commence in April 2008 in the weeks leading up to the May Day opening celebrations of the Olympics Games in Beijing and be chock full of celebrities, politicians, ex-Olympians and more — invites are currently in the mail.

The event will be followed online for the duration of the walk, and fans will have an opportunity to log in and sponsor a celebrity for as many hours and days as they walk. Up to 60 celebrities and other government representatives and Chinese business leaders will walk the length of the more than 2,000-year-old wall, and will climb 1,500,000 steps for approximately 621 miles on their way to Beijing.

The wall’s entire length stretches approximately 4,163 miles, which stretches from east to west China, but most of the area is too damaged for climbing.

There will be no signs on or near the wall, so 20th Century fortresses along the man-made structure will act as milestones for the walkers and the media.

“This will be a walk with people from all different walks of life from ex-Olympians, politicians, environmentalists, all who will walk in support,” she said.

It’s All in the Research

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center, which will have facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research, is scheduled to open in the next two to three years, pending funding, and will be an extension of the Austin Health Center, which currently houses the Ludwig Center for cancer research, and is connected to all major research centers around the world.

The addition of the Wellness Center within the hospital is something that Newton-John thinks would be a beneficial addition to hospitals, because it gives patients a chance to recover mentally and physically from cancer.

“They were building a hospital in my hometown in Melbourne and asked if I would lend my name to the cancer care center,” she said. “I also told them that I would like to lend my name to a Wellness Center, because you need to focus on overall wellness, not just the illness. There needs to be focus on every part, the heart mind and the body.”

The Wellness Center will let women get massages and sit and talk to family members and other patients in a relaxing environment, something Newton-John said should always be incorporated in some way to a woman’s recovery.

“Wellness would be respite if you have the right treatment,” she said. “Women can sit down and have a cup of tea with other patients. It’s kind of a peaceful place and can become a major part in their recovery. I think it would be a great place where patient can be treated as a whole and not just as patients.”

Newton-John has been working to get the word out on breast cancer, but still thinks more women, whether young or old, need to know how to notice the signs and catch the disease early on. “I think with breast cancer, there is a lot of awareness out there,” she said. “Of all the illnesses, this is the one to me that seems to be getting a lot of conversation. Every magazine and almost every television show has something on breast cancer—you have to at least be aware of it.”

She added, “But there are many things that still need to be drawn on having gone through breast cancer. Woman need to check themselves. Early detection is key. Be aware of what is normal to you. We all have different bodies and breasts and need to be aware when something is not right.”

She is currently looking into ways to work with hospitals and other organizations in China for the walk next April, her main focus being the hospital in Melbourne. A performance in the upcoming Frosted Pink broadcast with other artists like Heart, Joss Stone and Anastacia, who was also diagnosed with breast cancers, as well as ice skaters and other personalities, will also be another project of awareness.

Aside from specific, breast cancer awareness projects, she also has a new Christmas album, Christmas Wish, scheduled to come out this November and is part owner of the GAIA Retreat and Spa in Australia. “It’s about health and healing,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place to go to rest and heal in a beautiful, peaceful part in Australia. It’s another aspect of my life in Australia.

For now, she’s making sure she paces herself in all her projects. To start, she said that she’s going to have to get in shape for the walk, since some of the steps along the Great Wall are slanted at a 45-degree angle.

“It takes up a lot of my time,” she said. “I have other things I’m involved in, but I try to do what I can. I can’t spread myself too thin. I think women, from meeting women who are going through breast cancer or have had scares, or maybe it’s just being a woman, but we try to be everything to everybody.’ she said.

“We need to take time to care for ourselves.”