While introducing the In Memoriam, Travolta paid tribute to his late “Grease” co-star Olivia Newton-John.
"They've touched our hearts. They've made us smile, and became dear friends who we will always remain hopelessly devoted to," Travolta said in a clear reference to his late “Grease” co-star Olivia Newton-John.
Newton-John, who was honored first during the segment that featured Lenny Kravitz's live performance, died last August. She was 73.
"My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better," Travolta wrote at the time. "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 first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"
John Travolta introduces this year’s “In Memoriam” segment: “They’ve touched our hearts. They made us smile and became dear friends who we will always remain ‘hopelessly devoted to.’”#Oscars#Oscars95https://t.co/OizA2V1EIT pic.twitter.com/GuoCb7cSrP— ABC News (@ABC) March 13, 2023
From 1973-83, Newton-John was among the world’s most popular entertainers. The fast-stepping Travolta-Newton-John duet, “You’re the One That I Want,” was one of the era’s biggest songs and has sold more than 15 million copies.
With perennial complaints about the In Memoriam segment excluding some figures, a website was flashed at the end, encouraging people to check out legends lost. Among the many who were remembered during the telecast: Irene Cara, Ray Liotta, Nichelle Nichols, Angela Lansbury, Louise Fletcher, Burt Bacharach, Mary Alice, Gina Lollobrigida, James Caan and Raquel Welch. Among those who were not: the recently deceased actors Tom Sizemore and Robert Blake.