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GOSSIP & RUMORS: ‘Grease’ star Susan Buckner, played Patty Simcox, dead at 72

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Susan Buckner, best known for playing Patty Simcox in “Grease,” has died. She was 72.

“Susan died peacefully on May 2 surrounded by loved ones,” Melissa Berthier, a publicist for the family, told People in a statement Tuesday. No cause of death was provided.

Buckner’s daughter, Samantha Mansfield, also remembered the late actress.

“The light she brought into every room will be missed forever,” Mansfield told the outlet. “She was magic, and I was very lucky to call her my best friend.”

“Grease” actress Susan Buckner (left) has passed away at the age of 72. Moviestore/Shutterstock
Susan Buckner died May 2 surrounded by loved ones. Susan Buckner/Instagram

Simcox was one of Sandy’s [Olivia Newton-John] cheerleading friends in the 1978 cult musical classic.

Born in 1952 in Seattle, Buckner was crowned Miss Washington in 1971. She later joined “The Dean Martin Show” as one of the Golddiggers, an all-female singing and dancing group.

She went on to appear in the variety shows “The Mac Davis Show”, “Sonny and Cher” and “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.”

Buckner also starred alongside John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Barry Pearl, Dinah Manoff, Michael Tucci and the late Jeff Conaway in “Grease.” Conaway died at 60 in May 2011. Newton-John passed away at 73 in August 2022 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Simcox had a famous cheer in the film: “Do the splits, give a yell! Show a little spirit for Old Rydell! Way to go, red and white! Go Rydell, fight, fight, fight!”

Buckner in “Deadly Blessing” in 1981. ©United Artists/Courtesy Everett Collection
Buckner famously played Patty Simcox in “Grease.” Susan Buckner/Facebook
Buckner, Sharon Stone and Maren Jensen in 1981’s “Deadly Blessing.” ©United Artists/Courtesy Everett Collection

Buckner did not return for the sequel, “Grease 2,” which was released in 1982 and starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield.

She appeared in shows like “Starsky & Hutch” and “The Love Boat” after finding fame from “Grease.”

Her final acting role was in the 1981 slasher film “Deadly Blessing.”

Buckner directed children’s theater and taught dance at a gym in Florida in her later years.

She is survived by Mansfield, son Adam Josephs, grandchildren Oliver, Riley, Abigail and Ruby, as well as her sister Linda, daughter-in-law Noel Josephs, son-in-law Adam Mansfield and longtime partner Al.   



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