Olivia Newton-John nearly turned down Grease after beating Hollywood star to job

Olivia Newton-John nearly didn't take the role that shot her to superstardom after beating some big Hollywood names to it.

The late actress passed away on Monday (August 8), aged 73, at her home in southern California after battling breast cancer.

The iconic movie was filmed in 1977 when Olivia was just building her career in the spotlight.

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However, Randal Kleiser, the film's director, had several people in mind for the role of Sandy Olsson including Carrie Fisher, Susan Dey, Deborah Raffin, and Marie Osmond.

According to reporters, Marie was the frontrunner until she objected to Sandy's mega "good girl to bad girl" transformation.

However, there was also a point when Olivia was unsure whether to take the role herself.

The success of the movie was to be determined and Olivia was sceptical about passing for a teenager when she was in her late twenties.

She also didn’t want to risk her music career which was already taking off on its own.

Olivia once told Vanity Fair, according to Marie Claire: “I was very anxious about making another film, because my music career was going well, and I did not want to mess it up by doing another movie that wasn’t good."

This comes after the star's final Instagram post was revealed.

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On Monday her account posted a picture of her and her doting husband John Easterling and wrote: "#flashbackfriday"

Fans of hers flocked to the comments, with one typing: "Think of you Olivia. Send you love and light from south of France."

A second said: "Beautiful photo! I’m sending you wishes for continued good health. I’m keeping you in my prayers. Love and light", While a third added: "You two make the perfect couple."

"I've been tossing in my sleep worrying about you. I'm keeping you in my daily prayers. Before my +husband passed, we were my favourite couple. Today, you & John are my favourite couple. Love & Light for you both," a fourth commented.

A fifth penned: "Hi Olivia, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing you smile and enjoy nature, in the company of your beloved… Greetings from Melbourne"

"Love u both so much! Olivia my idol always and forever more!!!!" shared a sixth.

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