Olivia Newton-John Sent 'Grease' Co-Star Sweet Gift While in Hospital Just Weeks Before Her Death

The late 'Grease' actress still managed to send a heartwarming present to her former co-star Didi Conn when she landed in hospital weeks before passing away.

AceShowbiz - Didi Conn received a sweet gift from her "Grease" co-star Dame Olivia Newton-John just weeks before her death. The 71-year-old actress - who portrayed Frenchy in the 1978 movie-musical - has revealed the pair kept in touch over the years and they had a poignant chat when Olivia was being treated for a broken leg in hospital shortly before she lost her battle with cancer.

"We spoke like once a month or so," Didi told New York Post column PageSix, explaining the kind star even sent her an orchid from her hospital bed after hearing she also hadn't been well.

"She was in the hospital at the time [we last spoke]. She had broken a leg and didn't even notice. Like, her bones were just cracking ... She [Olivia] said, 'What?! Why didn't you tell me [you had been ill]?' And the next day, I got this beautiful orchid plant."

However, Didi saw a bad omen when one of the orchid's flowers dropped three days before her friend's death last August at the age of 73. Didi added, "Three days before she died one of the orchid flowers fell down and my heart stopped. I said, 'I hope that's not a sign.' "

Olivia's contribution to Hollywood was recognised at the 2023 Academy Awards on Sunday night, March 12 when her "Grease" co-star John Travolta introduced the In Memoriam segment. John - who also lost his "Look Who's Talking" co-star Kirstie Alley - battled tears during his turn on stage at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre.

He said, "In this industry, we have the rare luxury of getting to do what we love for a living, and sometimes getting to do it with people that we come to love. And since tonight is a celebration of the work and the accomplishments of our community in this past year, it is only fitting then that we celebrate those we've lost, who dedicated their lives to their craft, both in front of and behind the camera."

John's voice then cracked as he referenced Olivia's song from "Grease", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", and said, "Through their immeasurable contributions, each of them left an individual and indelible mark that shared and informed us. They've touched our hearts, they've made us smile, and became dear friends who we will always remain hopelessly devoted to."

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