Olivia Newton-John Ever since she underwent a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy to treat breast cancer in 1992, the Australian-born singer and Grease star has been a tireless advocate for breast cancer awareness. She helped build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center & Wellness Center in her hometown, Melbourne, and introduced the "Olivia Breast Self-Exam Kit." Her 2005 album, Stronger Than Before, also raised awareness about the disease.
Tuesday’s announcement by Angelina Jolie, that she elected for a double mastectomy in the face of overwhelming odds that she would develop breast cancer, made headlines around the world. We look back at other luminaries that have gone public with their cancer battles.