The actress played Olivia’s daughter in the 2011 film A Few Best Men and penned an emotional tribute to the late Aussie legend on Instagram.
In her lengthy Instagram post, Rebel shared that the Grease star tried to give her health advice years ago, but admitted she wasn’t ready to listen.
“You tried to teach me about health years before I took it seriously. You were so kind to me and it was such a blessing to know you Olivia,” the actress wrote.
The Senior Year star recently shed a massive 35kg in 2020 by prioritising exercise, after declaring it was her 'year of health'.
Rebel is well known for starring in the Pitch Perfect films, and she touched on how Olivia had a huge impact on her career path.
“Seeing you star in the huge Hollywood blockbuster Grease with your natural accent was so instrumental to me as a little girl, helping me to believe that it was possible for an Aussie girl to star in huge international musicals,” she wrote.
The actress also shared some memories from when the pair worked together, saying that playing her daughter on A Few Best Men was ‘beyond an honour.’
“I’ll never forget us singing at the piano in our lunch break on set together — what a complete legend you are! I am so sad you are gone. Love and Light always to you ONJ,” she finished.
Today star chokes up after Olivia’s daughter’s voicemail
The veteran reporter fought back tears on Wednesday morning as he revealed Chloe Lattanzi had reached out following his on-air breakdown after discovering the news the Aussie icon had passed away aged 73.
"Chloe Lattanzi, Olivia's daughter, sent me a beautiful message earlier today, which I played and cried again," he said on the breakfast program as he tried to keep his composure.
"And I said to her, 'I would never do it without your permission. Would you like me to share your beautiful message with her many friends and fans on-air?' he said.
"And she said, 'Yes, please. Tell them how much their love is helping me cope. I want to be a link for them. Give light, give thanks, gratitude. I'm holding you in my heart."
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 10, 2022
The heart-wrenching voicemail was then played to viewers, where Chloe could be heard comforting Richard after seeing how heartbroken he was on Tuesday's program after learning the news.
"Hi Richard, this is Chloe, I just saw your beautiful tribute to my mummy," the voicemail said.
"I just wanted to hold you. I saw how much you loved her and ... I just want you to know that she's free now and she's out of pain and all the family's here together."
Chloe held back tears as she added: "She's making the sun shine and the dogs are running around and smiling and the horses are galloping."
"I just want you to know that she's free from pain now and she fought soo hard and I was with her every step of the way. And, um, I just felt your love and I want you to know mummy and I both cared ... care about you so much.
"I love you, my friend. Thank you for doing that."
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