The 61 year old was propelled to stardom after her turn in 1978 movie Grease and graced the covers of magazines worldwide.
Newton-John refused to take her pin-up status seriously at the time, and claims the decision kept her grounded.
But the actress feels sorry for Spears, who found fame as a teenager in the late 1990s - because the amount of press coverage sexy stars receive nowadays is unprecedented.
She tells Britain's Attitude magazine, "The poor girl. She has lived in a time where the paparazzi reign and we didn't have that problem at all. We'd have occasional intrusion, you know I had a few incidents, but it was nothing like it is now.
"I don't think you realise it (early fame) until you look back because it doesn't really feel like reality in the time. I never really took it too seriously, which is healthy."
The Kaante star is undergoing treatment for invasive breast cancer and she's recruited a group of famous friends to talk candidly about their experiences with the disease in 1 a Minute.
The documentary features survivor Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Kelly McGillis, Melissa Etheridge and Bollywood stars Mumtaz and Priya Dutt, among others.
The film will also include Lisa Ray, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
The Grease star turned 61 on 26 September (09) and partner John Easterling treated her to a kayak as a present - so the couple took it on an adventure break to mark Newton-John's big day.
She says, "My husband bought me a kayak, so we went kayaking on my birthday. It was amazing, I had a most beautiful birthday. We were with nature - swimming, kayaking and drinking vodka in the water."
"I can still wear them. But they're locked away in a cupboard. I only bring them out for special occasions - my husband loves them!" OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN can still squeeze into the tight costumes she wore in GREASE.
The music mogul turns 50 on Wednesday (07Oct09) but he got the party started early on Saturday (03Oct09), inviting 400 guests to the event at billionaire Sir Philip Green's mansion in Hertfordshire, England.
And the birthday boy spared no expense in entertaining family, friends and A-list celebrities such as Sir Elton John and Kevin Spacey - he is said to have paid a whopping $1.5 million (£1 million) for the party, including $75,000 (£50,000) for a fleet of limousines to shuttle guests to the venue.
He also treated revellers to vintage champagne and performances by boyband Westlife as well as The X Factor winners Lewis and Alexandra Burke, and a rendition of Happy Birthday from supermodel Kate Moss.
Giant images of Cowell were plastered all around the party, while waiters wore masks bearing his likeness. Pre-recorded birthday wishes from David and Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston were played on giant screens.
Cowell's guest list included his American Idol colleagues Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson, as well as Naomi Campbell, Sharon Osbourne, Olivia Newton-John, Dannii Minogue and his 82-year-old mum Julie.
Speaking about the party's hefty price tag, the birthday boy said, "I always pick up my own tab whether it’s for four people or 400."
Check out this 5-minute clip from 2012, the Roland Emmerich directed disaster film.
2012 hits theaters on November 13th and stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson.
Check out the clip, below:
The actress was just 16 years old when she flew to Australia to film her debut movie, 1991's Flirting, and began a turbulent six-year romance with the director, who was then 39.
After recently working with schoolgirls at Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy in South Africa, Newton was reminded of how young she was when she started her love affair with Duigan.
And the Crash star still wonders how the filmmaker could have dated someone so "vulnerable".
She says, "I was 16. I didn't tell my parents about it (the relationship) but really young people who are vulnerable have to be looked out for. I've just been out to South Africa to Oprah's Leadership Academy. It educates girls from impoverished backgrounds and I was taking part in an arts week.
"I looked at the 16-year-old girls there. How can it possibly be right to start a serious relationship with someone that age when you are so much older? I've been through a lot of therapy so I sort of know why people do things now.".
Patrick McDermott, presumed dead after disappearing on a 2005 fishing trip, is said to have faxed a message to U.S. private detectives asking to live his life in peace in Mexico.
The fax, obtained by Britain's Daily Mail, reads, "Pat has asked that I portray to you his innocence. Pat has committed no crime. Pat simply wishes to be left alone. Let him live his life in peace and harmony. He is safe and has started anew again in a new place both physically and mentally. Stop this search immediately.
Lead investigator Philip Klein alleges he and his team have also received three phone calls from McDermott's representatives in the past six months, which followed 16 sightings of the cameraman in Mexico in recent years.
Klein believes McDermott is now working as a deckhand in fishing town Sayulita amid speculation he had staged his own death to be free of child support debts to ex-wife Yvette Nipar.
The Grease star was left heartbroken after McDermott vanished off the California coast, but has since found love with tycoon John Easterling, who she married in Peru last summer (08).
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.