Susan Buckner, star of ‘Grease’, passes away at age 72

Susan Buckner, right, and Olivia Newton-John, left, in "Grease," directed by Randal Kleiser. (CBS Photo Archive/CBS/Getty Images via CNN Newsource)

“Remembering Susan Buckner: The Cheerful Patty Simcox from ‘Grease'”

The entertainment industry mourns the loss of Susan Buckner, best known for her role as the peppy cheerleader Patty Simcox in the beloved 1978 musical film “Grease.” Buckner passed away peacefully on May 2 at the age of 72, surrounded by her loved ones. While the cause of her death was not disclosed, her family’s publicist, Melissa Berthier, described Buckner as a kind-hearted individual who left a positive impact on everyone she encountered.

The Energetic Cheerleader of Rydell High

Susan Buckner’s portrayal of Patty Simcox, the spirited cheerleader of Rydell High School, alongside Olivia Newton-John’s character Sandy, captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Before her iconic role in “Grease,” Buckner was a pageant queen, crowned Miss Washington in 1971 and representing her state in the Miss America pageant. She showcased her talents on various TV shows in the early 1970s, including “The Dean Martin Show,” “Police Woman,” and “Switch,” before wowing audiences as a dancer and synchronized swimmer on “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.”

A Versatile Career

Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, Buckner continued to shine on both the big and small screens with appearances on popular TV series like “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Love Boat,” and “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.” She also ventured into horror with a role in Wes Craven’s “Deadly Blessing” and showcased her comedic chops in “Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.” Despite her successful acting career, Buckner chose to step away from Hollywood in her later years to prioritize her role as a mother to her two children and as a dedicated theater instructor.

A Lasting Legacy

Susan Buckner’s passing leaves a void in the entertainment industry, but her legacy of kindness, talent, and dedication will forever inspire generations of performers and fans. She is survived by her partner Al, sister Linda, two children, and four grandchildren, who remember her as a magical presence and a beloved friend. As her daughter Samantha Mansfield poignantly expressed, the world has lost a shining light, but now has gained an angel in Susan Buckner.”



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