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John Travolta mourns loss of Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John following her death

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John Travolta has paid a touching tribute to his great friend and Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John following her death aged 73.

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The actor took to Instagram to share a throwback picture of Olivia, alongside an emotional message. It read: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. 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! Your Danny, your John!”

Fans were quick to comment on the heartbreaking post, with one writing: “This made me cry. I loved Grease,” while another wrote: “Such a beautiful friendship.” A third added: “I have no words,” alongside a crying face emoji.

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The singer’s husband, John Easterling, announced the heartbreaking news on Monday August 8, alongside a photograph of her on Instagram and an emotional statement.

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It read: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.

John Travolta paid a touching tribute to Olivia Newton-John following her death

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.

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“In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation.”

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were incredibly close

It continued: “Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.”

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John and Olivia played Sandy and Danny in Grease and remained close friends following the hit film’s release in 1973.

Olivia’s death follows on from John’s heartbreaking loss of his wife Kelly Preston, who passed away from breast cancer in 2020. Olivia was there for John and his family during the difficult time.

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Claudia Winkleman reveals hilarious lie told by her very rarely seen daughter Matilda – and it is so funny

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Claudia Winkleman is notoriously private about her family but on Friday evening the Strictly Come Dancing host opened up about her daughter Matilda, 16, on The Graham Norton Show with a hilarious story about the teen.

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Sitting on Graham’s iconic red sofa, alongside Jamie Oliver, George Takei and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, the 50-year-old recalled how in lockdown, Matilda lied to her teachers about having WiFi throughout her GCSEs.

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The hilarious fib all came to a head when Claudia met Matilda’s head-of-year at parent’s evening – and her reaction was hilarious.

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Explaining the story on the show, Claudia said: “So our daughter, she’s 16, in lockdown, she was revising for her GCSE’s and we had a parent-teacher meeting. It was eight months in, the poor teachers were working so incredibly hard.

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“And the head of year said: ‘I know we shouldn’t bring this up because Tilda says you guys are really embarrassed by it, but we just have to say we are so sorry about your lack of WiFi…'”

Pulling a hilarious face, Claudia remarked: “I was like: ‘Come again’ also, by the way, I do my Radio Two show live from the airing cupboard we’ve got full WiFi if nothing else! And I just looked at her and said: ‘I’m sorry?’

“For eight months I was like: ‘Good luck in double maths’ and she [Matilda] was like: ‘Uh huh,’ and doing TikToks and hadn’t done anything!

Claudia rarely talks about her children

“And also wrote quite cleverly in the email [to her teacher about their WiFi problems]: ‘Please don’t mention it to my parents as they are slightly embarrassed, their WiFi is really dodgy and I don’t want to tell them because they’re homeschooling three of us and I just want to be supportive.”

Jamie Oliver interjected: “So did you go along with it – did you back her up?”

To which Claudia replied: “Absolutely not, I’m not that good a liar. I said, ‘We have perfect WiFi we’re ok,'” then the star jokingly shouted “Matilda,” as the audience chuckled.

Claudia shares Matilda and her two sons, Jake, 19 and Arthur, 11, with her husband of 22 years Kris Thykier.

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Deborah Roberts reflects on life as husband Al Roker remains in hospital

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Al Roker‘s fans and loved ones continue to send him prayers and thoughts as his health battle continues.

The star has been absent from Today while battling blood clots that traveled to his lungs. 

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While he was briefly allowed home for Thanksgiving, Al was rushed back to hospital a day later and has reportedly remained under observation ever since. 

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Al has also stepped away from social media, but his wife took to Instagram with a reflective and thankful post on Thursday. 

The ABC journalist took a photo of the turning leaves in New York and wrote: “So grateful for the love.”

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She didn’t elaborate on Al or how he was feeling but earlier that day she had also shared a snapshot of a TV airing the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and she appeared to be in a hospital room. 

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Al is also in the thoughts of his children, Leila, Nick and Courteney. His youngest daughter, Leila, took to Instagram after Page Six and multiple other outlets shared the news about her dad’s return to hospital and delivered an emotional update on the last month.

Alongside a series of upbeat photos, including one of her, Al, her mom,  Deborah, brother, Nick, and sister, Courtney, she wrote: “November photo dump – the parts of this month that were actually enjoyable.”

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Fans rushed to check on her father and commented: “Hope your dad is feeling and doing better,” while another added: “Love to you! Praying for more good times,” and a third wrote: “Prayers for your family/dad.”

Al’s children are supporting their dad and willing him back to good health 

The beloved host has been off from the Today show for several weeks due to ill health, though he had returned home on Thursday, 24 November, just in time to spend the holidays with his family.

Still, he did not return to his hosting duties the following week, and Page Six reported that less than 24 hours after being discharged, he was taken back to the hospital via ambulance.

It has also been reported that his wife, Deborah, was quick to follow his ambulance back to the hospital from their Upper East Side home.

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Michelle Obama mourns sad death of filmmaker Julia Reichert

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Michelle Obama has paid tribute to Oscar-winning filmmaker, Julia Reichert, who died at the age of 76.

The former First Lady took to social media to share news that Julia had lost her battle with cancer and passed away on 1 December her home in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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Michelle and her husband, Barack Obama, posted a message on the page of their Higher Ground Media production company. 

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Alongside a photo of Julia, they wrote: “Last night we lost a true giant. A trailblazing filmmaker, Julia Reichert dedicated her life to documenting socially and historically significant stories that gave voice to so many, particularly the working class and women.

“Collaborating with her on the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory was an honor and privilege that we will always cherish at Higher Ground. 

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“We know that Julia’s talent, humanity and commitment to mission-centric storytelling will continue to inspire current and future creators worldwide, including all of us.”

Michelle and Barack worked with Julia 

Fans rushed to share their sadness and commented: “So sorry. what a giant talent. deepest sympathies to her friends and family and colleagues,” and, “She was amazing”. There were strings of heart emojis and praying hands as they paid tribute to the star. 

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Steven Bognar, her husband and collaborator, confirmed the death and said his wife had been receiving treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a form of urinary cancer for years.

Julia lost her battle to cancer 

Julia’s success was a surprise to her as she admitted her career was unexpected: “I had no idea I would be, quote unquote, a filmmaker,” she said in an interview with Yellow Springs radio station WYSO. “I just knew I loved photography. I loved getting better at it. I loved learning about taking pictures. And I really loved the radio.”

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