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Olivia's big party bash

RUMOURS were rife in Byron Bay yesterday that local celebrity Olivia Newton-John was home to celebrate her 60th birthday.

The part-time resident owns a property near Rous Mill and also owns Gaia Retreat and Spa at Brooklet, where it is suggested she held a lavish party for friends last night.

Byron United president Ed Ahern said he had a few friends who were going to the party, but did not want to reveal much more.

“It's on tonight and a couple of my friends are going,” he told The Northern Star yesterday. “They are really good friends. One of them is an ex-rock star who is in music production now and he worked on one of her albums here.”

Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in England and her family migrated to Australia when she was five.

An international singing sensation whose career was catapulted by the success of the hit musical Grease in 1978, Ms Newton-John, who lives most of the time in the US at Malibu, has experienced more than her share of dramas.

She is a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with the disease in 1992, and this year launched Liv Aid, a breast self-examination website.

She divorced her first husband, Matt Lattanzi with whom she had daughter Chloe, now 22, in 1995.

In 2005, the world waited eagerly for news of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott, who disappeared while on a fishing trip off Los Angeles.

After accepting the disappearance, Ms Newton-John found love again with a man four years younger. The four-time Grammy winner wed Amazon Herb Company founder and millionaire John Easterling on June 21 in a private ceremony in Peru.

Family and friends were told about the nuptials at a barbecue on July 4 in a private celebration at the singer's home in Malibu.

Ms Newton-John is scheduled to perform in Sydney on Tuesday at the State Theatre for a gala charity concert.

All proceeds from the concert go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.

The line-up includes Vanessa Amorosi, Christine Anu, Carl Barron, Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, Trisha Crowe, Chantelle Delaney, Tim Freedman, Mark Gable (The Choirboys), Corinne Grant, Todd McKenney, Ian Moss, James Reyne, Carl Riseley, Melinda Schneider, Guy Sebastian, Axle Whitehead, the Brent Street Dancers and the 25-piece State Symphony Orchestra.

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