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Olivia Newton-John is 60 years old




Even in a place where nobody knows her name, Olivia Newton-John is one of the sexiest 60-year-olds of all time. Sorry, but since today is her birthday, all her hard-core fans will be humming Xanadu in their heads.

Say what you want about the campy qualities of the 1980 flick, which starred ONJ as a roller-skating muse who sprang to life from a street mural. But it does have one of the most treasured and original soundtracks of the '80s.

Plus it co-stars -- hello? -- Michael Beck straight from his role as "Swan" in 1979's The Warriors. (Best non-'80s movie of the '80s? Could be.) And of course, everyone's favorite '80s idol, Gene Kelly -- only because he looked 80 years old at the time. (He was actually 68.)

Though she's no longer the golden ticket at the box office that she was between 1978 and 1982, ONJ's legacy is assured. Even our beloved Xanadu is now a long-running Broadway musical. The lesson in all this: Embrace the cheese, people. It's our best hope for the future.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:39pm]


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