In the mid-1960s Olivia Newton-John and her close friend Pat Carroll were touring the UK as a duo and building a promising music career.
But there’s a reason why one girl ended up becoming a superstar, and the other never reached those heights – and it’s the perhaps the saddest part of Channel Seven’s biopic Hopelessly Devoted To You on Sunday night.
Olivia Newton-John cemented her place as an iconic musician and actress when she starred as Sandy in the film adaption in musical Grease in 1978.
But in the early 1960s she was a teen just trying to make it in the music industry after some early successes. She met her friend Pat Carroll while appearing on Go Show and won a talent contest on the TV programme Sing, Sing, Sing.
Although initially reluctant to take advantage of the prize, which was a trip to the UK, she eventually went and began touring, but didn't really start to see success - and frequently wanted to return home to Australia - until her friend Pat moved there.
The pair then formed duo 'Pat and Olivia' in 1967 and toured nightclubs in the UK and Europe. In Hopelessly Devoted To You, we see Pat as the one who pushes Olivia on and encourages her to not be afraid to go after what you want.
But just when they were really starting to gain momentum, an unfortunate reality hit. Pat's visa expired. Reluctantly, the promising pop star returned home.
But Olivia, who was born in Britain, was able to stay.
In the movie event, a young Olivia (played by Morgan Griffin) thinks twice about returning to Australia, saying "I'm coming back with you. We'll get lots of work... We were doing this together."
But a selfless Pat (Georgia Flood) talks her out of it.