Olivia Newton-John's contract for Grease stipulated that she should have a solo spot. However, no-one had any ideas for a song for her character, Sandy, until Olivia's producer John Farrar came up with "Hopelessly Devoted To You" halfway through the shoot. Director Randal Kleiser wasn't wholly convinced by the song at first and had to come up with an entirely new scene to fit it in. It was eventually filmed and recorded after the movie had wrapped and it earned the film's only Oscar nomination, for Best Music - Original Song.

Olivia Newton-John became the second female (after Linda Ronstadt in 1977) to have two singles, Hopelessly Devoted To You and Summer Nights, in the Billboard Top 5 simultaneously. She was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Musical and performed the Oscar-nominated Hopelessly Devoted To You at the 1979 Academy Awards.


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