Susan Buckner, ‘Grease’ actor who performed cheerleader Patty Simcox, dies at 72

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Susan Buckner, whose TV and film profession included a memorable flip in “Grease,” has died.

The actor “died peacefully” in Miami surrounded by family members on Thursday, Melissa Berthier, a publicist for Buckner’s household, confirmed in a press release shared with The Instances. A reason for dying was not revealed. She was 72.

“Susan shall be remembered for her kindness, generosity and unwavering dedication to creating a constructive influence within the lives of others,” the assertion stated. “Her effervescent spirit will proceed to encourage generations of performers and followers alike.”

Buckner, who was born Jan. 28, 1952, appeared in quite a lot of tv and movie initiatives all through the ‘70s and ‘80s, however she was greatest recognized for “Grease.” Within the 1978 musical, Buckner starred as Rydell Excessive College cheerleader Patty Simcox, who recruits Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy Olsson to the cheer squad.

“We’ll have a lot enjoyable and get to be lifelong mates,” Buckner’s Patty tells Sandy as she persuades her to check out for the squad.

Within the film, Buckner and Newton-John’s characters are seen waving pom-poms and cheering “Do the splits, give a yell” at a soccer recreation. “Grease” additionally starred John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn and others. Newton-John died in 2022 at age 73.

Buckner’s Hollywood credit characteristic appearances on TV collection together with “The Dean Martin Present,” “The Brady Bunch Selection Hour,” “Sonny and Cher,” “Starsky and Hutch” and the short-lived sitcom “When the Whistle Blows.” Past “Grease,” she appeared in the film “Return Engagement” and Wes Craven’s 1981 horror movie “Lethal Blessing,” which co-starred Sharon Stone.

Earlier than Hollywood, Buckner was named Miss Washington in 1971 and co-founded the musical duo Buckner and Pratt. After her display screen profession, Buckner shifted her focus to parenting her two kids. She additionally spent her post-Hollywood years as a director for youngsters’s theater performances and as a dance teacher.

Buckner is survived by son Adam Josephs, daughter Samantha Mansfield, her grandchildren Oliver, Riley, Abigail and Ruby, sister Linda, daughter-in-law Noel Josephs, son-in-law Adam Mansfield and her longtime accomplice, Al.

“Relaxation in peace Susan,” the assertion continued. “Your expertise, spirit and infectious smile will reside on in our hearts ceaselessly.”

Donations in Buckner’s honor might be made to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Backyard.

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