One of the major mainstream hit makers of the 1970s and '80s, Newton-John grew up in Australia but returned to the land of her birth to get her career in gear. In 1960s London she recorded with the bubblegum group Toomorrow and on her own. She joined pop star Cliff Richard’s touring company, and her recording of Bob Dylan’s “If Not for You” became a hit. Her first major U.S. success was "Let Me Be There" in 1974, and Newton-John followed it with more country-pop crossover successes: "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)," "I Honestly Love You," "Have You Never Been Mellow" and "Please Mr. Please."
Shedding the country elements, she starred in the movie "Grease" in 1978, racking up three more hits, including "Hopelessly Devoted to You." Her success continued into the '80s with music from the film "Xanadu" and the album "Physical."
In 1992 she underwent successful treatment for breast cancer, leading to the reflective album "GAIA" and to her role as an advocate for awareness of the disease. In 1999 she toured the U.S. for the first time in 17 years, and has continued recording into the 2000s.