Recall a few weeks ago that Rosie O’Donnell backed out of the purchase of Olivia Newton-John’s Florida home. This was after a ritual took place supposedly to cleanse the place after the builder doing the renovations, Christopher Pariseletti, committed suicide IN the house. Well, the beat goes on.
The Grease star flew in a Catholic priest to cast out the victim’s spirit in a bid to reassure potential buyers that the £4.5million property wasn’t haunted.
The singer, her husband and two friends attended the spiritual cleansing last week during which prayers were said and holy water sprinkled around the rooms.
It’s not clear if this is a different “spiritual cleansing” as the one that took place in order to try to close the deal with O’Donnell. The timing does not match up so this could be a second event or questionable facts.
It is mentioned that Pariseletti was in financial difficulty with his business and this article says that “friends” said he asked Newton-John for a loan. She said no. And the piece speculates his death in the house was deliberate to make it difficult to sell. Those are some pretty serious allegations.
The article also reveals something I was not aware of – the Grease “curse”. Newton-John suffered health and personal problems, other cast members have also had serious health and family issues such as Jeff Conaway and John Travolta. But it’s rather absurd to say it’s a “curse”. Health problems happen for many and various reasons. Sure, a few cast members have dies. That’s not unexpected or unusual. Now, whenever a death befalls a former cast member, it is linked to “the curse”. Guess what? They are getting old! Life grows tenuous and trouble happens. The only pattern is that we have lumped these incidents together ourselves. All in all, many of the stars of Grease went on to have excellent careers.
UPDATE: 29-May 2015 This house has been taken off the market. It won’t sell.