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Olivia Newton-John's Memorial Service To Screen On Channel 9

16 February 2023 | 11:07 am | Mary Varvaris

The memorial will also be streamed on the Victorian Government's website.

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The state memorial service for Australian icon Dame Olivia Newton-John will be televised on Channel 9 on Sunday, 26 February, TV Tonight reports. 

Proceedings will take place at 4 pm AEDT and are expected to wrap up by 6 pm. The Victorian Government will also stream the service on its website.

Doors will open an hour before the event begins, with tickets available now. This is a free event. However, bookings are essential. A limit of two tickets per booking applies. Make your booking through Arts Centre Melbourne.

Held at Hamer Hall in Melbourne's arts precinct, Newton-John's state memorial service will be attended by her family and friends, entertainment heroes, and the general public.

The night before the state memorial service, Channel 9 will screen two beloved Olivia Newton-John films, Grease and Xanadu.

Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away, aged 73, in August 2022. A global stage and screen icon, Newton-John passed away following a lengthy fight with breast cancer. The English-born, Melbourne-raised Newton-John rose to worldwide fame following a star-making performance as Sandy Olsson in the 1978 movie musical Grease.

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A singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist, Newton-John was a multiple-time Grammy Award-winner with a legacy of hits including Physical and I Honestly Love You. Her 1981 single Physical was a worldwide smash hit. Accompanied by one of the most instantly recognisable video clips ever made, for which it received the Grammy for video of the year, Physical is a cornerstone of early '80s pop.

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Newton-John dedicated much of her time to supporting efforts and raising funds to find a cure for cancer. Newton-John's work in that space includes the establishment of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne and the Olivia Newton-John Foundation.

In a tribute, Molly Meldrum said: “Tonight, the stars will shine a little brighter, and I am heartbroken! Livvy, as I call her, was one of those rare people who had a profound effect on the world and the people in it. Her purity was real, her passion for life was unwavering.  

"A Grammy Award-winning recording artist, an extraordinary wife, mother and humanitarian, Liv’s tireless work has changed millions of lives, and her legacy will live on forever. To me, Liv is family. My heart is broken. There simply will never be another like her.”