Olivia Newton-John explains why she's auctioning off her iconic leather jacket and pants from 'Grease'

There are few moments in Grease more memorable than Olivia Newton-John’s character Sandy forcing Danny, played by John Travolta, and the entire gang, really, to do a double-take by walking out in a leather-look in the final moments of the movie. It’s an ensemble that the conservative Sandy wouldn’t normally wear, and it was new territory for the actress, too.

“I’d never worn anything like that in my life,” Newton-John tells Yahoo Entertainment. “I kind of was the girl next door, and I dressed pretty conservatively, so this was a big switch for me. But it really helped me because — I’ve heard actors say this before, [and] I’m not a trained actor, so I wasn’t aware of it — but really getting into a costume and changing your hair and makeup gives you a whole new image about yourself, and it put me into character much more easily. ”

More than 40 years after the movie’s 1978 release, Newton-John is auctioning off the leather pants and jacket she wore in that famous scene and more than 500 other costumes, accessories and other personal items owned by the star are being sold Nov. 2 by Julien’s Auctions. A portion of the proceeds will benefit her own Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in the place where she spent most of her childhood, Australia.

“I’m fond of all of them, because they all have memories and, you know, incredible moments associated with them,” Newton-John says of her belongings being sold. “But I have learned, with, you know, going through things in my life, that things are things and that’s not what’s important, but the memories are. So I feel very happy that, you know, these are things, and I’m not gonna take them with me, so better that somebody else enjoys them now.”

26 PHOTOS
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
See Gallery
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 15: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attend the Academy Presents 'Grease' (1978) 40th Anniversary at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 15: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attend The Academy Presents 'Grease' (1978) 40th Anniversary at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 15: Olivia Newton John;John Travolta arrives at the The Academy Presents 'Grease' (1978) 40th Anniversary at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 15: Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta arrives at the The Academy Presents 'Grease' (1978) 40th Anniversary at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 15: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attend The Academy Presents 'Grease' (1978) 40th Anniversary at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John and co-star John Travolta attend the premiere of the film 'Grease', 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - 1978: Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John and co-star John Travolta attend their 1978 Hollywood, California, premiere of 'Grease.' Produced by Alan Carr, 'Grease' was one of the hit films of 1978. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
1977: Actors John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John stand at a bar at a party for the film, 'Grease,' in which they both starred. Travolta is wearing a suit and tie and Newton-John is wearing a black shirt and blue jeans and carries a quilted gold bag. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Olivia Newton John and John Travolta during 2000th Performance of 'Grease' Celebration at Royale Theatre in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 5: Singer/Actress Olivia Newton-John and actor John Travolta on April 5, 1978 dine at The Palm in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Olivia Newton John and John Travolta during 50th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta during 'Grease' 20th Annual Class Reunion at Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress/Singer Olivia Newton-John and actor John Travolta from the movie 'Grease' attend the Celebration of Paramount Studio's 90th Anniversary with the release of six all-time musical favorites 'Grease', 'Saturday Night Fever', 'Flashdance', 'Footloose', 'Urban Cowboy' and 'Staying Alive' on September 22, 2002 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta during Paramount Home Entertainment Celebrates DVD Releases Of 6 All-Time Musical Favorites - Inside and Show at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John perform during Paramount Home Entertainment Celebrates DVD Releases Of 6 All-Time Musical Favorites - Inside and Show at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 14: (from left to right) Actress Kelly Preston, actor John Travolta and actress/singer Olivia Newton-John arrive at the Penfolds Icon Gala presented by G'Day La: Australia Week 2006 at the Palladium on January 14, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John during Paramount Home Entertainment Celebrates DVD Releases Of 6 All-Time Musical Favorites - Inside and Show at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Actor John Travolta and singer Olivia Newton-John arrive at the GDay USA Australia.com black tie gala held at the Grand Ballroom in the Hollywood & Highland Center on January 19, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John during G'Day LA: Australia Week 2006 - Penfolds Icon Gala Dinner - Arrivals in Los Angelees, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta arrive at G'Day USA 2010 Los Angeles Black Tie Gala held at Hollywood & Highland on January 16, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunite on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing MONDAY, DEC. 17 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN TRAVOLTA, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL -12/19/12 - John Travolta and Olivia Newton stop by Live, and sing a bit of ?Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas? from their album, a cappella, on LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) JOHN TRAVOLTA, OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN, KELLY RIPA, MICHAEL STRAHAN
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Honoree Paul Hogan, presenter Olivia Newton-John and honoree John Travolta attend the 2013 G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for G'Day Australia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Actor John Travolta and Honoree Olivia Newton John speak onstage during the 2018 G'Day USA Black Tie Gala at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for G'Day USA)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Initially, Newton-John only planned to auction off her pants and jacket. She changed her mind after flipping through other Julien’s catalogs and realizing that she could part with much more. She ended up putting a Pink Ladies jacket that the crew gifted her, the prom dress she wore to the movie’s premiere and other recognizable items on the block.

She still laughs when she remembers the reaction to her form-fitting leather look.

“The first night that I tried it on, we were on location. It was a very interesting evening because I got all made up and they were testing hair and makeup and everything,” she explained.

When Newton-John walked onto the set, the entire crew “kind of did a swivel.” Travolta’s eyes bulged.

“And it was like, ‘Whoa, what have I been doing wrong?’” the actress said. “So I thought, yeah, this is the right outfit.”

28 PHOTOS
Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling together
See Gallery
Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling together
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: John Easterling (L) and singer Olivia Newton-John (R) attend the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John arrive ahead of the Olivia Newton-John Gala at Crown Palladium on September 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: John Easterling (R) and Olivia Newton-John arrive for the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on May 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: (L-R) John Easterling, Robert Irwin, naturalist Terri Irwin, TV personality Bindi Irwin and singer Olivia Newton-John attend the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on May 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: (L-R) John Easterling, singer Chloe Lattanzi, James Driskill and singer Olivia Newton-John attend the premiere of Syfy's 'Dead 7' at Harmony Gold on April 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 23: Entertainer Olivia Newton-John (R) and her husband, John Easterling, attend Nevada Ballet Theatre's 32nd annual Black & White Ball honoring her at Wynn Las Vegas on January 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 09: Husband John Easterling and singer/actress Olivia Newton-John celebrate the 35th anniversary of 'Xanadu' with the world premiere of their music video 'You Have to Believe' at Share Nightclub on August 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend at Healthy Child Healthy World 'Mom On A Mission GALA' 2014 on October 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Singer Olivia Newton-John (R) and husband John Easterling attend the Mom On A Mission 6th Annual Awards & Gala at the London Hotel on October 29, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling plant a commemorative survivor/remembrance pinwheel supporting the Cancer & Wellness Centre after leading the way on this charitable walk at The Centre Ivanhoe on September 28, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The walk aims to raise funds for the wellness and supportive care programs provided to patients. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling supports the Cancer & Wellness Centre by leading the way on this charitable walk at The Centre Ivanhoe on September 28, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The walk aims to raise funds for the wellness and supportive care programs provided to patients. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 11: John Easterling, Olivia Newton-John, Pat Farrar and John Farrar attend the after party of Olivia Newton-John's new show 'Summer Nights' at Flamingo Las Vegas on April 11, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 10: Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling arrive at the American Country Awards 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Olivia Newton-John and her husband John Easterling kiss as they arrive at the inaugural ONJ Gala to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at the Regent Plaza Ballroom on September 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling arrive for the G'Day USA Black Tie Gala held at at the JW Marriot at LA Live on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Australian actress, Olivia Newton-John and her husband, John Easterling prepare to lead the inaugural Wellness Walk on September 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. The event will raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 26: Olivia Newton-John (R) and her husband John Easterling attends the IPL 500 Festival Parade at on May 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 28: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend 'A Few Best Men' Premiere during the 6th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 28, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend the Australians in Film screening of 'A Few Best Men' held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pickford Centre on October 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling pose as she promotes 'Livwise' at Barnes & Noble 18th Street on April 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actress Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling attend the '1 A Minute' LIVE Supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure' premiere at Woodbury University on October 6, 2010 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 16: John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John attend Honoring The Promise celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Promise at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on October 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 22: John Easterling, Actors, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Kelly Preston arrive at the G'Day USA Australia Week 2011 Black Tie Gala at Hollywood Palladium on January 22, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: John Easterling and singer/actress Olivia Newton-John attend the Opening Night Party during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival at Spice Route on September 9, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling arrive at the 2010 Precious Metal Ball in support of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at Peninsula, the Docklands on May 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 16: Amazon John Easterling and Olivia Newton-John arrive at G'Day USA 2010 Los Angeles Black Tie Gala held at Hollywood & Highland on January 16, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 06: Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling arrive at the Airport on October 6, 2009 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Newton-John arrives in Germany to participate in a breast cancer prevention month. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 02: Olivia Newton-John (R) and husband John Easterling (L) visit FOX's 'The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet' at FOX studios on April 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story