How Old The Cast Of Grease Actually Was During Filming (2023)

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ByBrian Boone/Updated: March 26, 2021 11:57 am EDT

Grease is one of the biggest movie musicals of all time. Sure, the nostalgic 1978 film is a quotable singalong classic and slumber party favorite that made John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John into superstars, but it's also a juggernaut of the teen movie genre, right up there with Clueless, Mean Girls, and Ferris Bueller's Day Of. Like any great teen flick, the plot of Grease is appropriately low-stakes and narrow in reach, concerning the fleeting social lives of less than a dozen teenagers, most of them members of the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies, who benignly reign over Rydell High in the 1958–59 school year and do stuff like go to drive-in movies, drink ice cream sodas, and dance.

Seeing as how characters break into song and fly a car into the sky, Grease isn't the most realistic movie, a concept that extends to its cast. Nobody in this pillar of teen cinema was actually of high-school age when the movie was shot over the course of 1977. Here's how old the teenagers of Grease actually were when they made the movie.

John Travolta (Danny)

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While Olivia Newton-John was already well-known prior to her starring role in Grease, John Travolta was probably the biggest box office draw in the movie, particularly as far as his hordes of young fans — the target market — were concerned. From 1975 on, the guy who would go on to play Danny Zuko, became one of the biggest teen stars around from his performance as the Danny Zuko-like Vinnie Barbarino, a dopey but tough high school student on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

In 1977, Travolta's film acting career took off with Saturday Night Fever, where he played another likable bad boy, a disco-dancing, twenty-something New Yorker named Tony Manero. By the time Travolta had returned to once again playing a high school miscreant, this time in Grease, he'd already had his first Academy Award nomination (for Fever) under his belt. The music showed the world that Travolta could act, dance, and sing (although he'd proven that a bit with his 1976 top-10 hit "Let Her In"). And Travolta did it all at the tender age of 23.

Olivia Newton-John (Sandy)

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Grease was the top-grossing film of 1978, and as such, it increased the visibility and star power of many of its cast members. Olivia Newton-John, however,was already extremely famous.Of course, her portrayal sweet and naive Sandy Olsson, who develops a tender romance with Danny Zuko (John Travolta) over the course of many summer nights, cemented her as a screen legend. But her transformation into a leather queen at the end of the film was even more inexplicable given her wholesome image in the music world.

When Newton-John landed the role in Greaserewritten for her, so that the character transferred to Rydell from Australia, not another American place — she was already a pop star. She'd scored nine #1 hits on the adult contemporary chart stretching back to 1971, including "I Honestly Love You" and "Have You Never Been Mellow." Newton-John only looked young when she played Sandy, a role she landed for her vocal skills and marketability, and she had barely acted before, only in the Australian musicals Toomorrow and Funny Things Happen Down Under. She was 29 years old when she played high-school senior Sandy in Grease.

Stockard Channing (Rizzo)

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Grease's whole storyline featuring secondary female protagonist Betty Rizzo, or just Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies, is provocative for both the film's 1950s setting and 1978 release. Rizzo refuses to play into society's expectation that young women remain chaste and innocent, preferring instead to seek out physical gratification and being unashamed about it. (Her big solo number, "There Are Worse Things I Can Do," is all about that.) She winds up experiencing a pregnancy scare, but it's all fine by the end of the movie.

Perhaps the edginess of Rizzo's arc — or the consequence she may face because of it, in the form of teenage pregnancy "out of wedlock" as it would be put in the '50s — just may never have seemed all that serious to some viewers, because actor Stockard Channing was so clearly not a teenager. In fact, according to Vanity Fair, Channing, at 33 years old, "was the oldest of the principal actors cast" whenGrease went before cameras in 1977. That made her almost double that of her character, a high school senior assumed to be 17 or 18. Grease takes place in 1959, and Channing brought real-life experience to the part, seeing as how she actually was still in high school at the time.

Jeff Conaway (Kenickie)

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Portraying Kenickie in Grease, the Rizzo-loving and most outwardly criminal and nefarious of the overall harmless T-Bird gang, was the breakout movie role for actor Jeff Conaway. To that point, he'd landed small roles on Happy Days and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and movies including The Eagle Has Landed and Pete's Dragon. Grease just happened to be the perfect transitionary role for Conaway, a seasoned and accomplished stage actor. He was actually a cast member in the original Broadway stage production of Grease in the early '70s, serving as understudy and eventually taking on the lead role of Danny Zuko.

The film version of Grease hit theaters in 1978, just a couple of months before the debut of the sitcom Taxi, where Conaway would star as wannabe actor Bobby Wheeler for three seasons before leaving the show in search of better opportunities. Conaway frequently worked in movies and TV into the 2010s while also struggling with substance abuse issues — he died at age 60 in 2011. Grease is probably the project for which Conaway will be most fondly remembered, by both fans and his castmates. In fact, Stockard Channing even told Watch What Happens Live that Conaway was "the horniest" of the fake teens. "[His] trailer would be rocking at lunch time," she recalled. Taking into account Los Angeles Magazine's shooting timeline for the film as "between June and September of 1977," and with Conaway's birthday being Oct. 5, 1950, when he played teenage sort-of-hoodlum Kenickie, he was already 26 years old.

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Barry Pearl (Doody)

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The central plot of Grease — the will-they-or-won't-they coupling of Sandy and Danny — is a complicated one and takes an entire school year to resolve. A big part of why Danny messes it up is because he pays too much attention to the opinions of his friends, a bunch of silly goof-offs who think they're a gang because they call themselves the "T-Birds" and wear leather jackets. Chief among this group is Antony DelFuego, primarily known as Doody, a guy who wields a squirt guns and likes to look up girls' skirts. In the 1978 film of Grease, he's portrayed by actor Barry Pearl, a man who has done a lot of Grease. His first taste came via the national touring production of the Broadway version — which helped spread the show's popularity and built interest in the film. In that iteration, Pearl played a different T-Bird, Sonny. In 2016, he was cast in a cameo role in Fox's Grease Live television event as Stan Weaver, agent for dance TV show host Vince Fontaine. But Pearl's most famous Grease is the 1978 big-screen movie version, of course. He'd landed small roles on a handful of TV shows and films before appearing as teenager Doody at the ripe old age of 27.

Michael Tucci (Sonny)

Sonny (real name: Martin LaTierri) thinks he's bad to the bone because he's part of the T-Birds, the self-proclaimed roughest of the rough at Rydell High School. He does spike the punch at the big dance-off, and claims to not suffer fools... except for when he's actually placed into a situation involving confrontation and he sheepishly backs down, such as when he's stared down by Rydell's Principal McGee. Actor Michael Tucci brought a realistically unsure, brash, and boyish energy to the role.

Tucci appeared occasionally in films after Grease, including roles as Chico Marx in the Groucho Marx biopic Groucho, and as the father of Melissa McCarthy's character in The Heat, but he built up an extensive resume of appearances on 1980s and 1990s television. For example, he was the title character's neurotic best friend Pete on It's Garry Shandling's Show and played hospital administrator Norman Briggs on Diagnosis Murder. Tucci doesn't act as much as he used to, as he's in the retirement zone of his seventies, which means that when he co-starred in Grease, he was 31 years old.

Kelly Ward (Putzie)

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Putzie is one of T-Birds leader Danny Zuko's closest friends and compatriots — he's the blond one with the appropriately retro ducktail haircut. He's a bit of an oddball, as his big moments are hitting Kenickie in the head with a car door and somehow romancing Jan after accidentally labeling her a "cheap date" at the Frosty Palace. (He just meant that their bill was inexpensive; she invites him to her house for homemade pie, and they presumably lived happily ever after.)

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Prior to portraying Putzie in Grease, a role not in the original Broadway show and created just for the movie, actor Kelly Ward was best known for his supporting role in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, a hit made-for-TV movie starring his future Grease cohort John Travolta. Ward is forever young on film. In 1983, just five years after the release of Grease, Ward quit live-action acting (he also appeared in episodes of M*A*S*H, The Waltons, and Magnum, P.I.) in favor of voiceover and behind-the-scenes work. Ward's most prominent film role of Putzie in Grease arrived when he was 20 years old.

Didi Conn (Frenchy)

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Unlike her friends and fellow Pink Ladies gang members, Francesca Facciano aka Frenchy isn't too concerned with the overdramatic machinations and fallouts of the romantic entanglements of Rydell High's senior class. She has bigger dreams in mind, so ready to get on with her life, following her dreams, and earning a living, that she drops out of Rydell a few before graduation in order to enroll in beauty school and become a hairdresser. After dying her hair blond and then accidentally pink (briefly transforming her into, quite literally, a Pink Lady), she realizes that she should turn in her teasing comb and go back to high school. That motivation comes from "Beauty School Dropout," one of Grease's central and most memorable production numbers, featuring '50s star Frankie Avalon as "Teen Angel," delivering harsh advice to a star-struck Frenchy.

Before portraying 1950s teen Frenchy in Grease, actor Didi Conn had a little preparation, portraying 1950s inhabitant Joyce in an episode of Happy Days. Beyond that, she was best known for inexplicably disappearing in Grease 2, followed by her regular role on the short-lived sitcom The Practice, When Conn donned the pink wig to play Frenchy in Grease, she turned 26 years old during production of the film.

Jamie Donnelly (Jan)

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One person from the smash hit early 1970s Broadway run of Grease whoreprised the role they played on stage for the 1978 film version: Jamie Donnelly, who helped originate the role of Jan, the Pink Ladies' comic relief. Her comedic stylings included singing along with, and imitating, a vintage TV commercial during a sleepover. Her other notable character trait is that she harbored an amusing fixation with junk food. Beyond Grease, Donnelly made other Broadway history, starring as Magenta and other roles in the original 1975 stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.

The Grease film represented Donnelly's big break into screen acting, but the performer walked away. After the film, she started a theater in Kentucky and then became a Los Angeles-based acting coach, according to People. When Grease began filming in 1977, Donnelly had to "[dye] her prematurely gray hair" so she'd look like a high school kid. It's humorous and ironic that Jan, the most outwardly and immature of the Pink Ladies, was portrayed by one of the oldest actors in the cast — Donnelly had just entered her 30s.

Dinah Manoff (Marty)

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While the other Pink Ladies of Grease spend most of the film obsessing over teenage boys more or less their own ages, Marty would much rather pursue full-grown men — which all falls in line with her character wanting to appear more grown-up and more mature than her teenage age would indicate. During the taping of the TV dance show where chaos breaks out and relationships split wide open for those around her, Marty bides her time and flirts heavily with the show's host, Vince Fontaine (portrayed by actual 1950s celebrity Edd "Kookie" Byrnes). She suggestively sucks on a lollipop and tells him her name is Marty Maraschino, "like the cherry." All that discomfort of a teen and an adult man circling each other is offset a little by the fact that Dinah Manoff, the actress who played Marty, was safely ensconced in the age of majority. When Manoff filmed her scenes for Grease in 1977, she was a relative newcomer to Hollywood, playing a couple of roles in made-for-TV movies and guest-star parts on Welcome Back, Kotter (with Grease's John Travolta) and Family (featuring her future Empty Nest castmate Kristy McNichol). Grease was Manoff's first feature film role, and she was 21 years old when she secured the role.

Annette Charles (Cha Cha)

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Charlene DiGregorio doesn't have all that much screen time in the film version of Grease, but her appearance is both memorable and vital to the plot. The character is much better known as "Cha-Cha," a reference to both her first name and how she's the self-proclaimed "best dancer at St. Bernadette's," although she gets to attend the big dance TV show taping at Rydell High. Kenickie brings her as his date to make Rizzo, his one and only and with whom he's on the outs, jealous. She also backs up her claims of being a really good dancer, showing off and showing up most of the main characters, bringing Broadway-quality chops to the big gym floor dance numbers. She was precociously talented and self-assured, for a high school, which likely came on account of how the actress who played Cha-Cha was 29 years old at the time of filming.

Cha-Cha was the most famous role on the resume of actress Annette Charles, who before Grease had landed guest-star roles on '70s TV shows like Emergency! and Barnaby Jones. Except for a small role in the 2009 B-movie Transylmania, Charles walked away from screen acting in 1987. The actor passed away from cancer in 2011 at age 63.

Eddie Deezen (Eugene)

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Movies set in the 1950s didn't only solidify the enduring cultural cliches of "greaser" and "poodle-skirt-wearing goody-goody," it also helped codify what a nerd out to look, act, and sound like on screen. Rydell High's king nerd Eugene Felsnic is the prototypical and definitive nerd in many ways — he's naive, studious, bullied, lacks self-awareness, wears glasses, and talks in a nasally voice. In other words, he possesses all the hallmarks of nerds in '80s movies and beyond, and many times those roles were portrayed by the same guy who played Eugene in Grease. Eddie Deezen played by-the-books young nerds in WarGames, Zapped!, Grease 2, and The Polar Express, among others.

Grease hit movie theaters in 1978, which was a breakthrough year for Deezen. He starred in two other movies that year, the low-budget Lasterblast (made famous when it aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000) and the cult hit Beatles-themed I Wanna Hold Your Hand. When he played high school-age dweeb Eugene in Grease, Deezen was barely older, just 20 years old at the time of the film, and one of the youngest members of the main cast.

FAQs

How old was Danny while filming Grease? ›

John Travolta was 23 when "Grease" was filmed in 1977.

Although Sandy tells the Pink Ladies during "Summer Nights" that Danny "was sweet, just turned 18," Travolta was older than his character by a few years when filming.

How old was John Travolta when Grease was filmed? ›

Olivia was 28-years-old and John was 23-years-old when they filmed Grease and the pair were on the edge of superstardom while shooting the movie.

How old was Stockard Channing while filming Grease? ›

Stockard Channing, who was 33 when she played Rizzo in the first movie, told Vanity Fair one approach made her "look dirtier" than younger.

How old was Leo when Grease was filmed? ›

Leo Balmudo, the leader of the T-Birds' rival gang, the Scorpions, was also 17 or 18. Leo wasn't a Rydell student so he either attended St. Bernadette's with his girlfriend, Cha-Cha, or was a dropout. He was played by Dennis Stewart, who turned 30 while filming "Grease."

What does Sonny say in Italian in Grease? ›

LaTierre. Sonny : [in Italian] Go to Naples, all whores. Principal McGee : Perhaps a session of banging erasers after school would put you on the right track.

Did Travolta sing in Grease? ›

But now that 40 years have gone by, fans are dying to know: did John Travolta really sing in the movie? The answer? Yes! John, now 64, sang alongside Olivia Newton-John and the rest of the cast in the iconic blockbuster.

How old was Michelle Pfeiffer in Grease? ›

With only a few television roles and small film appearances, Michelle Pfeiffer, then aged 23, was a relatively unknown actress when she attended the casting call audition for the role of Stephanie. Other actresses considered for the part included Lisa Hartman, Kristy McNichol, Andrea McArdle, and singer Pat Benatar.

Where is Rydell High supposed to be Grease? ›

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The facade is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School, and the field is John Marshall High School. Sandy and Danny at the school dance.

How old was Olivia Newton-John when Grease was filmed? ›

How old was Frenchy in Grease? ›

The cast, however, were far from teenagers. As Metro highlighted, Travolta was 23 years old at the time while Newton-John was 28. At 33, Stockard Channing, aka Rizzo, was the oldest "teenager" cast in the film. When Didi Conn landed the role of Frenchy in Grease, she was 27.

Is Rizzo from Grease alive? ›

Stockard, now 78, will forever be remembered for her iconic role as Rizzo. But the star has continued to have successful acting gigs since her Grease Days, and won numerous awards, making her one of the stars that has continued to shine over the four decades.

How old was Cha Cha in the movie Grease? ›

John Travolta was 23 at the time of filming, Olivia Newton-John was 29, and Stockard Channing was 33. Annette Charles, who played bad girl Cha Cha DiGregorio, was 30.

What did Annette Charles died from? ›

Annette Charles, the actress who played Cha Cha DiGregorio in Grease, died this week in Los Angeles, reportedly after a battle with cancer. She was 63.

How old was Kenickie in Grease? ›

John Travolta (Danny) was 23 and Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) was 26.

What happened to Craterface from Grease? ›

Dennis Stewart (Craterface)

Dennis eventually died of complications from Aids in April 1994.

What is a famous line from Grease? ›

1. “You're a fake and a phony and I wish I never laid eyes on you.

What does Fongu mean in Grease? ›

This literally means “go do it in the ass” - basically “f you”

Was Rizzo pregnant during Grease? ›

Yes, you read that right: According to NPR, in most "clean" high school versions of the musical script, Rizzo's entire pregnancy-scare subplot is completely removed — which, all things considered, it pretty sad.

Who turned down Sandy in Grease? ›

As wide-eyed Sandy, Newton-John turned a messy role into an iconic performance. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories.

Why do they fly away at the end of Grease? ›

When Sandy and Danny take off at the end of the movie in their magical flying car, it's actually a metaphor for Sandy slowly rising to heaven. (Does that make Grease 2 her heaven? You gotta dream a little bigger there, Sandy).

Who gets royalties from Grease? ›

Olivia Newton-John is only worth about $40 million

Newton-John's net worth stems mostly from music rather than films. She has won four Grammy Awards and has had five U.S. no. 1 hits. John also still earns royalties from “Grease,” which certainly helped her net worth grow to $40 million today.

Did Michelle Pfeiffer actually sing in Grease 2? ›

Michelle Pfeiffer does her own singing in the film.

Why didnt John and Olivia do Grease 2? ›

Olivia Newton-John didn't care for Grease 2

She told host Andy Cohen that she and John Travolta were approached for the sequel and said it just didn't happen. "And then they made it with other people, and that was my memory of it," Newton-John said.

Who played the Twins in Grease 2? ›

Acting. Sagal and her twin sister, Jean Sagal served for a time as the "Doublemint Twins" in the ad campaign by Doublemint gum. The pair also appeared together as cheerleaders in the 1982 movie, Grease 2. In the 1980s, Liz and Jean starred in the television series Double Trouble that ran from 1984 to 1985.

What accent is Grease? ›

The reason for Sandy's accent in Grease the movie was all a matter of casting. The Australian Olivia Newton-John famously portrayed Sandy opposite of John Travolta's Danny in the film, so she kept her accent for the film.

What state was Grease set? ›

It's California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High.

Where was the last scene of Grease filmed? ›

The race was filmed at the Los Angeles River, between the First and Seventh Street Bridges, where many other films have been shot. The final scene where the carnival took place used John Marshall High School. Furthermore, owing to budget cuts, a short scene was filmed at Hazard Park in Los Angeles.

Did Olivia Newton-John love Travolta? ›

In this tribute to Newton-John following her passing, Travolta spoke of his love for her. “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much.

What is the age difference between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John? ›

Olivia Newton-John was five years older than John Travolta

He was born on February 18, 1954, according to his IMDb page, while Olivia Newton-John was 28 years old, having been born on September 26, 1948.

Did Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta date? ›

They were the subject of persistent romance rumors after they steamed up screens in 1978's “Grease.” But Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta never got physical while filming the movie musical, and instead went on to share a 44-year friendship that remained strictly platonic.

Are any of the Grease cast dead? ›

Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) died in 2022

Newton-John shined in the 1978 film, especially during her performances of "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One That I Want," and "Summer Nights." The singer-actress passed on August 8, 2022, after a 30-year-long battle with breast cancer (via People).

Did the cast of Grease stay friends? ›

We've stayed friends ever since.” The pair was joined by Grease director Randal Kleiser as well as castmates Barry Pearl and Didi Conn. These days, some of the movie's stars still continue to act while others have left the business.

What is Frenchy's real name in Grease? ›

Edith "Didi" Conn (née Bernstein; born July 13, 1951) is an American actress. She is best known for her work as Frenchy in Grease, Denise Stevens Downey in Benson and Stacy Jones in Shining Time Station. Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Is Sandy in a coma? ›

Sandy was very much alive,” at the movie's end, he confirms, putting the final nail in the coffin of this bizarre scenario.

Why did Sandy change herself in Grease? ›

Ultimately it's Sandy's decision in "You're The One That I Want" to break from her reputation and take what she wants. Completing Sandy's arc towards self-discovery by transforming her into a greaser girl represents her rebirth and her newfound confidence in her identity.

What item is the nurse missing in Grease? ›

When Sandy is in the office on the first day of school, what item is the nurse missing? 'It's the first day of school, and already my castor oil's missing!' 5.

Was Elvis Presley offered a role in Grease? ›

10 secrets about Grease you probably never knew

Elvis Presley was originally considered for the Teen Angel role. At the time, Elvis was in his 40s - and while he was still performing to thousands of people in Las Vegas, his health had been deteriorating. However, he turned down the offer from producers.

What happened to Frenchie in Grease? ›

Frenchy: gone in a puff of smoke

According to Screen Rant, she was initially slated to teach Michael, the film's lead character, to ride a motorcycle and become the cool rider he was always destined to be. She would also, it's presumed, finish high school. Instead, Frenchy disappeared, never to be heard from again.

Why does Danny's car fly at the end of Grease? ›

The theory that the flying car signified Sandy's journey to heaven definitely put a twist on the original merry plot of Grease. However, the artistic decision was to signify Sandy's transformation and her and Danny "riding into the sunset" as they began their relationship.

How old was Danny Zuko in Grease? ›

John Travolta was 23 at the time that he played 18-year-old Danny Zuko, while Newton-John was 29 – more than 10 years older than Sandy, who was written to be 17 or 18 years old.

How old was Frenchy in Grease? ›

The cast, however, were far from teenagers. As Metro highlighted, Travolta was 23 years old at the time while Newton-John was 28. At 33, Stockard Channing, aka Rizzo, was the oldest "teenager" cast in the film. When Didi Conn landed the role of Frenchy in Grease, she was 27.

How old was Michelle Pfeiffer in Grease? ›

With only a few television roles and small film appearances, Michelle Pfeiffer, then aged 23, was a relatively unknown actress when she attended the casting call audition for the role of Stephanie. Other actresses considered for the part included Lisa Hartman, Kristy McNichol, Andrea McArdle, and singer Pat Benatar.

How old was Olivia Newton-John when Grease was filmed? ›

Is Rizzo from Grease still alive? ›

Stockard Channing, who played rebellious character Rizzo in the hit film Grease, has broken her silence to pay an emotional tribute to her co-star Olivia Newton-John. This comes after the news that Olivia sadly died yesterday at the age of 73 following a long battle with breast cancer.

Who played Sandy's boyfriend in Grease? ›

Daniel “Danny” Michael Zuko is portrayed by John Travolta in Grease. He is the leader and probably the founder of the T-Birds greaser gang at the Rydell High. Danny lives a double life as leader of the gang and Sandy's boyfriend. He mostly wears a black leather jacket with the T-Birds logo on the back.

Where is Rydell High supposed to be Grease? ›

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The facade is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School, and the field is John Marshall High School. Sandy and Danny at the school dance.

Was Rizzo pregnant in Grease? ›

At the end of the school year, a carnival is held; Rizzo is seen on a Ferris wheel, revealing to Kenickie that she isn't pregnant.

Are any of the Grease cast dead? ›

Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) died in 2022

Newton-John shined in the 1978 film, especially during her performances of "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One That I Want," and "Summer Nights." The singer-actress passed on August 8, 2022, after a 30-year-long battle with breast cancer (via People).

Did the cast of Grease stay friends? ›

We've stayed friends ever since.” The pair was joined by Grease director Randal Kleiser as well as castmates Barry Pearl and Didi Conn. These days, some of the movie's stars still continue to act while others have left the business.

Did Michelle Pfeiffer actually sing in Grease 2? ›

Michelle Pfeiffer does her own singing in the film.

Why didnt John and Olivia do Grease 2? ›

Olivia Newton-John didn't care for Grease 2

She told host Andy Cohen that she and John Travolta were approached for the sequel and said it just didn't happen. "And then they made it with other people, and that was my memory of it," Newton-John said.

What does the flying car at the end of Grease mean? ›

When Sandy and Danny take off at the end of the movie in their magical flying car, it's actually a metaphor for Sandy slowly rising to heaven.

Did Olivia Newton-John love Travolta? ›

In this tribute to Newton-John following her passing, Travolta spoke of his love for her. “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much.

What is the age difference between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John? ›

Olivia Newton-John was five years older than John Travolta

He was born on February 18, 1954, according to his IMDb page, while Olivia Newton-John was 28 years old, having been born on September 26, 1948.

Did Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta date? ›

They were the subject of persistent romance rumors after they steamed up screens in 1978's “Grease.” But Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta never got physical while filming the movie musical, and instead went on to share a 44-year friendship that remained strictly platonic.

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