'Through their immeasurable contributions, each of them left an individual and indelible mark that shared and informed us,' said Travolta.
Some friendships are unique and some friends are special. We often remember those conversations with them, especially when those friends pass away. Similarly, John Travolta paid homage to his friend and "Grease" co-star Olivia Newton-John at the Oscars on Sunday, as reported by HarpersBazaar.
Travolta introduced the 'In Memoriam' presentation of talents who passed away the last year at the Oscars in Los Angeles. He did not name his friend Newton-John but spoke about making friends in the industry. "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," Travolta said, "Since tonight is a celebration of the work and the accomplishments of our community and this past year, it is only fitting then that we celebrate those we've lost who've dedicated their lives to their craft, both in front of and behind the camera. Through their immeasurable contributions, each of them left an individual and indelible mark that shared and informed us," according to PEOPLE.
The actor then asked the audience to remember "those dear friends who we will always remain hopelessly devoted to,” quoting the iconic song "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from "Grease." In the movie, Newton-John, who played the role of Sandy Olsson, sings the song while remembering her passionate love for Travolta, who portrayed the character Danny Zuko. Following the emotional speech, Lenny Kravitz performed the song, "Calling All Angels," while the presentation showed black and white pictures of Hollywood creators who died recently.
Newton-John died on August 8, 2022, after suffering from breast cancer for 30 years. Following her death, Travolta wrote an emotional Instagram post for his close friend. "My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better," he captioned a throwback photo of Newton-John. "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 moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!" Actors who were left out In the Memoriam segment were Anne Heeche, “Triangle of Sadness” star Charlbi Dean and Paul Sorvino. However, they have been memorialized on the Oscars website, while others who were not mentioned were Leslie Jordan, Gilbert Gottfried, and Cindy Williams, according to Variety.
Talking about Dean, the film's producer Erik Hemendorff told The Hollywood Reporter, "She was just one of those people who made everyone feel great always. You could do as many takes as you want. She was always ready for the next one, a professional. The nicest, most easygoing person, very hardworking. She was one of a kind." The actors who were recognized were Ray Liotta, James Caan, Louise Fletcher, Angela Lansbury, Raquel Welch, and Gina Lollobrigida, directors Bob Rafaelson and Wolfgang Petersen, and songwriter Burt Bacharach. The final slide was devoted to Walter Mirisch, a producer and former Academy president.
NAH BECAUSE WHO DECIDED JOHN TRAVOLTA TO PRESENT THE IN MEMORIAN FOR OLIVIA? pic.twitter.com/kLaP2ToyaN— katie (@santosfiles) March 13, 2023
Liotta passed away in May at the age of 67. He has acted in the new film, "Cocaine Bear." His daughter, Karsen, said during his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony last month, "I couldn't be more proud of him. He was a one-of-a-kind actor and the best friend, brother, and father anyone could have asked for. I lucked out with you."