Meet Olivia Newton-John’s Only Daughter Who Is Following In Her Mom's Famous Footsteps
Jan 29, 2021 by apost team
As the old saying goes, "like mother, like daughter." That's the case with Chloe Rose Lattanzi and her mother Olivia Newton-John. The "Grease" actress and singer's only daughter has followed in her mother's footsteps, featuring in movies and releasing her own music album. Here's a look at the career and relationship of the famous mother and daughter duo.
Olivia Newton-John became a household name with her famous and iconic role in the 1978 movie "Grease". The now-71-year-old star was originally born in England but moved to Australia at the age of six, where her career started at the age of 14. The actress and singer helped turn Grease into the beloved classic it is remembered as today - despite the fact that there was a good chance it might not have happened this way! It's at first hard to believe Newton-John wasn't that happy about accepting the offered role. Ahead of the airing of a Grease sing-along version, Entertainment Tonight featured the star in a video-call interview. During the interview, she revealed that she wasn't even sure she should accept the offer. Since many other actresses were also in the running at the time, there was a good chance Newton-John would never have made the cut.
However, John Travolta seemed to be very much in favor of Newton-John. He took to making flattering comments about his co-star-to-be and was even sent to talk Newton-John into going for the role.
"I was really quite hesitant to be in Grease, so they sent John Travolta to talk me into it. And how can you say no to those blue eyes?" the star said.
Luckily for us all, Newton-John was convinced to sign on, and her career took off. After her role as Sandy, Newton-John took on few acting roles, preferring instead to focus on her musical career. Her dedication paid off as she scored several top placements in charts around the world over the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. Her personal life, however, is another story.
Newton-John's first serious relationship was with English guitarist, songwriter and singer Bruce Welch, band member of The Shadows. According to Marie Claire, the couple got engaged all the way back in 1968. The young couple's relationship was tumultuous, though, and in 1972, Newton-John finally called off the engagement and ended it. Welch was devastated over the loss of his fiancée, and later on, he even admitted that he attempted suicide at the time. As Marie Claire writes:
"I told everyone that I was going away for the weekend and not to bother calling me, but I forgot about the window cleaner," he said in an interview in 2004. "He found me on the Tuesday… I had taken the pills on the Sunday."
Over the next years, Newton-John dated intermittently while pursuing acting and her musical career. Then 1979 came around, and Newton-John was filming "Xanadu," which was released a year later. The movie infamously flopped so horribly that it inspired the American publicist John J.B. Wilson to found the Golden Raspberry Awards - a parody award honoring the year's worst cinematic achievements. Despite its less than stellar success at the box office, Xanadu's musical track became a great success. More importantly, Newton-John met her later husband on the set of the film: then 19-year old Matt Lattanzi. At the time, the dancer and aspiring actor was eleven years younger than Newton-John herself. She found herself attracted to him but did not approach him herself due to their age difference. Thankfully Lattanzi was also quite taken with her and gathered the courage to ask her out, as he later explained:
Olivia Newton John , Chloe Lattanzi, Matt Lattanzi (1992), (Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images)
"It was easier for me. I didn't really have anything at stake except my vanity. She later told me that if I hadn't made the running, asked her out and so on, nothing would have happened – even though she wanted it to."
The couple got married in 1984 and had their only child, daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi, in 1986. Newton-John, Lattanzi, and their daughter spent several happy years together as a family until their sudden split in 1995 and subsequent official divorce in 1996. They issued a joined statement that the divorce was amicable, and their daughter continued to spend time with both of them. Still, despite this, rumors of a possible affair of Lattanzi's persisted. In interviews at the time, Newton-John denied these rumors but would not explain further what had happened. As People writes:
"Beyond stressing that she and her actor ex remain friends and that Chloe sees her father often, Newton-John refuses to discuss the breakup. "I don't think that's anyone's business except ours," she says firmly. People who know the couple suggest that the wide gulf between her spiritual interests and his more earthy ones did them in."Olivia Newton-John (2017), (Ross Gilmore/Redferns/Getty images)
Following her parents' divorce, Chloe moved in with Newton-John and was mainly raised by her famous mother. In interviews at the time, Newton-John describes her parenting as:
"It's the same for all mothers, to try and give your daughters good self-esteem. You just do your best and cross your fingers."
In an interview with Australian Women's Weekly, she went into further detail:
Olivia Newton-John (2012), (Don Arnold/WireImage)/Getty images)
"I'm sure I have re-enacted some of the things my mother did because you can't help it – that's in your DNA. It's monkey see, monkey do. When people ask me what is the most important thing that's happened in my life, I say it was having her. Nothing compares to having a child.
She is a young woman now, but those maternal feelings never change. So it's been just an amazing gift. I wasn't able to have any more, so she is 'the lucky egg', as her dad calls her."
Newton-John and Chloe spent time together whenever they can. In a shared interview, they explained:
Olivia Newton-John, Chloe Lattanzi (1997), ( Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images)
Olivia: "It's all precious."
Chloe: "It's the simple things, the little things. We like to go shopping at CVS [a US pharmacy chain] or watch some mind-numbing television and laugh, cuddled up on the couch."
Olivia: "Taking the dogs to the vet..."
Chloe: "Those are the things, when we just get to be normal."
Chloe: "[...] I love seeing my mum. It's good medicine. When I don't see my mum for a long time, it's like I feel ill. When I'm with her, it feels like all is right with the world. She makes me feel safe."
Olivia: "When Chloe is with me, I feel complete. There's that expression, 'You're only as happy as your unhappiest child'.
"So, if Chloe's not happy, I'm not happy, and, if she's doing well, so am I. It affects me – how she is – so to see her radiant and happy and healthy makes me feel..."
Sadly, Chloe did not always feel so comfortable being Olivia Newton-John's daughter. Growing up with a famous mother brought a lot of media attention with it and certain expectations. Chloe has always been very open with the body image problems this kind of attention caused for her. She opened up about her childhood troubles in an episode of "60 Minutes", a U.S. TV news magazine broadcast on CBS. She explained that she suffered from anorexia during her teens and her mother struggled to cope with it. "She'd never faced anything like that before and she didn't know how to deal with it," Chloe explained.
Aside from her eating disorder, Chloe also turned to cosmetic surgery while chasing after the ideal body she thought she must have. She underwent her first surgery procedure at the age of just 18 - and later regretted it.
"All those things were a disaster. Not only did the lip implants look ridiculous, the first boob op I had in Australia when I was 18 left me looking mutilated," she revealed to Woman's Day years later. Several follow-up surgeries down the line corrected and salvaged many of the things her first procedures messed up. Nowadays, Chloe seems much more at ease with and in her body. In the same interview, she stated:
Chloe Lattanzi (2015), (David Livingston/Getty Images)
"Now I'm a 32DD and I love my body and love showing my new boobs off. Mum supported my surgery decisions because she knew how unhappy I was before."
Chloe definitely took after her pop star mother in regards to her love of music and acting. The now 35-year-old is following in her mother's footsteps with a creative drive for acting and making music.
She released a song in 2015, titled "You Have to Believe," which was a duet with her mother. Her first album, "No Pain," came out the next year. Chloe has been flexing her acting muscles with roles in movies like "Dead 7" and "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming." In a rather interesting turn of events, Chloe, just like her mother before her, has featured in movies that are called subpar or that have been given the moniker "so bad it's actually good." Unfortunately, Chloe has not chanced upon her personal Grease yet, but you never know when the perfect role for her will be just around the corner.
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