Olivia Newton-John misplaced these sparklers at Studio 54 ‘Grease’ premiere get together

Olivia Newton-John’s glowing persona was mirrored within the diamonds she misplaced one summer season night time within the Large Apple.

All eyes have been on the “Grease” actress, who died on Monday after a 30-year battle with breast most cancers, when she attended the movie’s premiere get together at Studio 54 on June 13, 1978, alongside co-star John Travolta.

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After the movie’s debut on the Ziegfeld Theatre, the stars headed to Studio.

“On the finish of the night time, somebody bought a name saying that Olivia Newton-John misplaced her diamond bracelet,” stated Chuck Garelick, head of safety at Studio from 1977 to 1984.

“After I was informed it was lacking, the membership had already emptied out a bit. I went again in earlier than the remainder of the vultures got here in, as a result of we had some guys well-known for locating stuff,” he informed The Put up.

Olivia Newton-John alongside Elton John at the 'Grease' premiere.
Olivia Newton-John alongside Elton John on the ‘Grease’ premiere.
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The budding starlet showed up to Studio 54 in a brightly colored outfit.
The budding starlet confirmed as much as Studio 54 in a brightly coloured outfit.
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“She misplaced it early. When she bought there, she was sitting on the banquette. And I went to the banquette the place they have been sitting and I began rummaging round and positive sufficient, I discovered it. It was like a tennis bracelet,” Garelick recalled.

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“The banquettes had silver rolls on the again of them, and it bought there in between them. I didn’t see it at first, I felt it, since you couldn’t see it as a result of it was virtually the identical coloration,” he added.

Someday between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., after the membership closed, Garelick went to her lodge to return the jewellery. A person — presumably Lee Kramer, her boyfriend on the time — answered the door.

Chuck Garelick, who was head of security at Studio 54, found Newton-John's bracelet.
Chuck Garelick, who was head of safety at Studio 54, discovered Newton-John’s bracelet.
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“I stated, ‘I’m the director of safety at Studio. I feel I discovered Miss John’s bracelet,’” Garelick, 65, stated. “And he yelled out inside, ‘Hey, they discovered the bracelet!’”

He was bowled over by the Australian actress’ hopelessly devoted response.

“All the sudden, the door opens vast and he or she comes operating in the direction of me, gave me a hug, actually knocks me down with huge thank yous,” he defined.

“And it was simply, ‘Come on in. Have a drink.’ I’m like, ‘No, no, that’s okay,’” he stated. “However it was simply the sweetest factor, the best way she stated thanks and I’ve by no means forgotten it.”

Newton-John and her co-stars partied well into the morning.
Newton-John and her co-stars partied nicely into the morning.
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Artwork imitated life as a result of Newton-John was about to develop into Hollywood’s latest sweetheart.

“She was a type of individuals who did join with you once you talked to her,” gushed TV host Invoice Boggs, who was a visitor at Studio that night time.

These gathered there, together with different A-Listers like Elton John and Andy Warhol, might all sense the electrifying vibe, he stated.

The 1978 film made Newton-John an instant icon.
The 1978 movie made Newton-John an immediate icon.
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“The temper was jubilant that night time,” Boggs, 80, stated. “Typically folks went there as a result of they needed to bounce, have enjoyable, get excessive they usually didn’t go in with a way of pleasure, they have been getting into to get a way of pleasure. That night time at that get together, the sense of pleasure was coming from the folks.”

The “Grease” soundtrack spun from the legendary disco’s DJ sales space, and to the group’s delight, Sandy took to the dance ground with her Danny.

“I do bear in mind her and John Travolta dancing collectively and all people getting enthusiastic about that,” stated Brooklyn native Gerard Renny, 63, who labored safety at Studio from 1977 to 1979 and is now director of operations on the Higher East Aspect bar Ethyl’s.

Newton-John dances with producer Allan Carr.
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The actress hand-in-hand with Robin Leach.
The actress hand-in-hand with Robin Leach.
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Added Boggs: “That was the spotlight of the night — it was solely equal to when he danced with Princess Diana on the White Home.”

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