HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS - OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, GENE KELLY
Chantal Contouri (Olivia's actress friend from Australia)
Aired just before the 1980 Oscars - this was primetime TV at the height of Olivia's success, that delicate hiatus just after Totally Hot and Grease, with Physical yet to come and magic Xanadu with Gene Kelly about to be tested in the theater.
This was the night of the stars, and Olivia's guest list reads like the roll of honor of the great and the good of her musical genre at the time. The show is a romp through a variety of sketches including an Australian bar with Olivia and her friend Chantal Contouri as no-nonsense, gum-chewing barmaids! To sing Gimme Some Lovin' Olivia dresses up as famous women throughout the ages including Cleopatra, Lady Godiva, Helen of Troy and Barbarella. The musical highlight is the heart-stoppingly beautiful rendition of Candle In the Wind which Olivia sings with Elton John, who wrote the song.