Olivia’s appearance in the comedy “A Few Best Men” (2011) was out of the box for her, creating somewhat of a stir in the industry. She played a politician’s over-the-top wife with a substance abuse problem – the first for fans who had never seen this side of her. The dance soundtrack also revealed a new musical side to Olivia, unlike her signature sound at the time.
The soundtrack featured dance remixes of classic pop hits with much more risqué lyrics. During interviews at the time, she shared how she had fun doing something “unexpected.”
Olivia Treks The Great Wall Of China
Whether she was on stage or off it, Olivia remained dedicated to helping women better cope with cancer. She took this commitment to the ultimate level in 2008 when she trekked the Great Wall Of China – all 228 km of it – to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre.
The star received support from several friends and celebrities. Stars such as Sir Cliff Richard, Leeza Gibbons, and Danni Minogue walked at least part of the trek with her. Olivia capped the success of her fundraiser with the release of the album, “A Celebration Of Song," with proceeds going to her Cancer & Wellness Centre.
Her Memorable Appearance In “Glee”
In 2010, Olivia starred in two episodes of “Glee” opposite Jane Lynch, who played the outrageous villain, Sue Sylvester. Sue becomes the school's laughing stock when Glee club members discover an internet video of her dancing to “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia (who appeared as herself on the show) finds out about the video and recruits Sue for a remake of her classic hit. Olivia joined the cast in fine form, with a sweatband and tracksuit to boot!
Any Publicity Is Good Publicity
In 2012, the world saw Sandy and Danny pair up again, years after the phenomenal success of “Grease.” Olivia and John Travolta released a Christmas album of duets to raise funds for their respective charities. A new track, “I Think You Might Like It,” was supposed to re-ignite the energy of “You’re The One That I Want.” It turns out that most people decidedly did not like it – particularly the video, which many considered fantastically cheesy.
The video controversy ironically propelled the fundraiser to a larger audience. As Olivia mentioned at the time, the mocking did not matter since their goal was to raise funds, which they did successfully.
Her Las Vegas Residency
In 2014, Olivia began a Las Vegas residency called “Summer Nights.” The singer launched her residency in style, arriving at the Las Vegas Flamingo in the classic 1949 Mercury Convertible from “Grease.” For three years, the pop icon delighted fans with Grease tunes, her greatest hits, and some new music.
She also released “Hotel Sessions” during this time, produced by her nephew, Brett Goldsmith. Post the residency, Olivia returned home to Australia for her “Two Strong Hearts” tour with John Farnham.