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It’s been 40 years since ‘Grease’—where are they now?

“Grease” first graced the silver screen in the summer of 1978, and it was an instant hit. Beloved by generations over the past 40 years, the movie musical has only grown in popularity.

Over the years, “Grease” has returned to theaters multiple times, and it’s still being discovered by kids today. But where are the primary cast members are now?

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John has been a role model to countless little girls since she graced the screen as sweet and sincere Sandy in “Grease.” After her success in “Grease,” Newton-John went on to have many No. 1 hits, including “Physical” and “Magic.”

Newton-John also faced a very public battle with breast cancer in the early ’90s. She has since been a tireless advocate for cancer “thrivers” (a term she prefers over survivors) and partnered with Austin Health in the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCWC). Her cancer came back in 2017, but the strong singer has continued to perform. She turns 70 this month and her long-awaited memoir, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” was recently released.

Newton-John has one daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, with her ex-husband Matt Lattanzi (whom she met on the set of “Xanadu”).

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John Travolta

John Travolta brought a depth to Danny Zuko that helped audiences see beyond the character’s tough greaser façade. Since “Grease,” Travolta has starred in many films, including the mega-hit “Pulp Fiction” and the “Look Who’s Talking” trilogy. He’s also pursued other passions, such as being a pilot, and is even a Quantas ambassador-at-large.

Over the years, Travolta has known personal triumph and tragedy. He’s been married to wife Kelly Preston since 1991, and his daughter Ella Bleu has starred in films alongside him. Tragically, Travolta’s first son, Jett, passed away at 16 in 2009 while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas. Preston and Travolta also have a son named Benjamin.

Travolta continues to act, with a leading role in his most recent film, “Gotti.”

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Didi Conn

As Frenchie, the wide-eyed dreamer who happened to be a beauty school drop-out, Didi Conn played the part of Sandy’s ally in the tough world of Rydell High. The actress appeared in a number of other movies after “Grease,” including “Shooting Vegetarians” and “You Light Up My Life,” and starred in hit series such as “Benson” and “Shining Time Station.” She’s also one of only a few original cast members to appear in “Grease 2,” and she played Vi in “Grease Live!,” a one-night televised production of the musical, in 2016.

As a real-life buddy of Newton-John, Conn has made appearances at her concerts over the years, joining her on stage for the “Grease” songs. And her career outside “Grease” is still going strong. Her next films include “The Music” and “Paper Dreams.”

Conn had a son, Daniel, with her first husband, Frankie. She’s now married to composer David Shire and is stepmother to his son, Matthew.

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Eddie Deezen

Back in the day, Eddie Deezen played the lovable Eugene in “Grease.” The musical was Eddie’s feature film debut, and he often speaks of what a happy, positive experience it was for him and the other cast members. In fact, he returned to portray Eugene in “Grease 2.”

As a prolific actor and voice-over artist, Deezen has continued to soar in his career since “Grease.” You may know him as the Know-It-All in “The Polar Express,” but he’s appeared in a diverse range of projects. Deezen also writes for sites like Neatorama and Mental Floss.

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Stockard Channing

As an accomplished, film, stage and television actress, Stockard Channing had a rich career before gracing the screen as Rizzo. When she appeared in “Grease,” she was the oldest cast member.

On television, Channing has had recurring roles on “The Good Wife” and “The West Wing” and on other shows. Her film career also continued long past “Grease,” though she remains known for that role.

She has been married and divorced four times, and now lives in Maine with her partner, cinematographer Daniel Gillham.

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Jamie Donnelly

Jamie Donnelly has been known for her character Jan since “Grease” hit theaters. Her character is optimistic and a bit of a follower, and she’s also quite excitable.

Donnelly actually portrayed Jan on Broadway in the play version of “Grease” before making the movie. In fact, she has the distinction of being the only cast member to reprise her stage character on film. John Travolta and Jeff Conaway had both been in the play, but they’d played different characters.

After making “Grease,” Donnelly went on to appear in several films and television shows. She has also participated in several 40th-anniversary events for “Grease.” She’s now an acting coach in California. She lives with her husband, novelist Stephen Foreman, and has two adult children.

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Kelly Ward, Barry Pearl and Michael Tucci

We almost feel like we have no choice but to list these three together. These T-Birds were attached at the hip during the film, with Kelly Ward playing Putzie, Barry Pearl playing Doody and Michael Tucci playing Sonny.

All three have gone on to act in television and film. Ward also taught musical theater and has won an Emmy for his work as a director. Tucci has taught theater, too.

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Susan Buckner

Before Bruckner’s performance as Patty Simcox in “Grease,” she was a Krofftette in “The Brady Bunch Hour.” She was also a beauty queen, going so far as to be a finalist in the Miss America 1972 pageant.

After “Grease,” Susan did a film called “Deadly Blessing” and appeared on numerous television shows, including episodes of “The Love Boat,” and “Starsky & Hutch.” She still celebrates the role she played in “Grease” and recently appeared at the Academy’s event to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

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Dinah Manoff

Manoff portrayed Marty, one of the Pink Ladies and the girlfriend of Sonny. Manoff was an experienced actress when she won the party of Marty, and she was a member of the prestigious Actor’s Studio. However, she couldn’t sing or dance, so she faked her way through the audition and won the part with the power of her personality. Next time you watch the film, you may notice she doesn’t do much singing or dancing.


Before “Grease,” Manoff appeared in an episode of “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Like the other central cast members of the film, she has been closely associated with “Grease” since it hit theaters. She also appeared in films like “Child’s Play” and “Ordinary People,” and was a series regular on “Empty Nest” and “State of Grace.”

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Frankie Avalon

This actor, singer and former teen idol may have only appeared in one dream sequence — as the Teen Angel who sings “Beauty School Dropout” — but the scene is a memorable one.

Now 77, Avalon’s career in entertainment has been going strong for well over 60 years. In addition to “Grease,” you may remember him best from the series of “Beach Party” movies he did with Annette Funicello.

In addition to being an entertainer, Avalon published a cookbook in 2015 called, “Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook,” and also has a line of health and cosmetic aids. The crooner and his wife Kathryn “Kay” Diebel have eight children and 10 grandchildren.

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Jeff Conaway

Conaway is the dynamic actor who portrayed Kenickie. While on the set of “Grease,” he met and fell in love with Newton-John’s sister Rona, and the two were married for several years.

In the years following “Grease,” Conaway was nominated for two Golden Globe awards for his portrayal of Bobby Wheeler on “Taxi.” He appeared in many other films and television shows after “Grease,” and even released an album called “City Boy,” which was produced by Bruce Springsteen’s manager, Mike Appel.

Conaway sadly also battled addictions for decades, going so far as to appear on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” a few years before his death. He passed away on May 27, 2011, in Los Angeles.

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Which “Grease” character was your fave?

Absurd Mansions You Can Rent For A Dirt-Cheap Vacation

Want to do a fun summer trip with ALL your friends or family? Well, there are some amazing houses you can rent these days that could be cheaper than renting hotel rooms. Plus, you get the added benefit of everyone staying in one place together for some quality bonding time.

And these are not your normal everyday homes. These mansions are designed for huge groups and come with everything you could possibly want to make your trip unforgettable.

Check out these houses for some ideas to help you get started planning your next friend bash or family reunion.

The prices are based off the average cost per night divided by the total number it sleeps. The key is getting a big group together to keep the costs low. Even without filling to the max, the prices are still pretty good. Plus, it’s fun just looking at these crazy homes.

A quick note: The prices fluctuate on these homes, but were accurate at the time this story was published. You’ll definitely want to click each listing to learn more and to make sure it’s still affordable for your family!

1. Destin, Florida

Located off the Scenic 98 in Destin, FL, this house has something for everyone. The swim up bar in the middle of the pool is the icing on the cake. Details here.

  • Sleeps: 34
  • Price: $44 per person/night

Now that’s what you call a pool.

And if you don’t want to actually hang out in the pool, this amazing outdoor living space will do just fine.

Wow. Now, this is a kitchen. You should be able to whip up even the biggest meal in here.


2. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

This estate is situated near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and perfect for a summer mountain gathering. Details here.

  • Sleeps: 28
  • Cost: $89 per person/night

Just look at that view. Close proximity to biking and skiing.

A great open floor plan for gathering. Can’t you picture a roaring fire going as the snow falls outside?


3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Looking to step up the fun level? Then make a trip to Las Vegas. This house is a short ride from the strip, but why would you ever want to leave this pad? Details here.

  • Sleeps: 30
  • Cost:  $50 per person/night

Have you ever swum in a car-shaped pool? Here’s your chance.

This classic white kitchen looks stunning with plenty of room to cook for a big group.


4. Outer Banks, North Carolina

If the beach is your thing and you have 30 relatives or friends to join you, then you need to check out this oceanfront pad in Outer Banks. Details here.

  • Sleeps: 32
  • Cost: $19 per person/night

The pool is just yards to the beach, but why bother when you have this setup?

This living room is made for lounging and game-playing.

And it really doesn’t get much better than this view.


5. Lake Michigan

There’s nothing better than a summer lake trip. And this house would be the ultimate place to spend that vacation. It even comes with 450 feet of private beach. Details here.

  • Sleeps: 64
  • Cost: $26 per person/night

It doesn’t get much better than relaxing at a lake. Talk about peaceful.

There should be more than enough kitchen cabinet storage for all those snacks you’ll be eating lakeside.

Are you ready for a vacation yet?

Dad trolls his daughter on Instagram

Being a dad is hard work. Especially when your kids are continually posting selfies to social media.

After this dad asked his daughter to stop posting selfies without any result, he took matters into his own hands and decided to create his own version of some of her more iconic selfies.

You can check out Burr Martin and more of his hilarity on Instagram.

10 Perfect Fall-Inspired Cocktails

Fall is the perfect time to introduce yourself to some new cocktails. Classic flavors such as caramel, apple and maple are very prominent during the fall season, and are great cocktail additions.

You can DIY some of your own, or stick to traditional recipes. Either way, you should be treating yourself to a few amazing cocktails this fall.

From brandy to vodka, your favorite liquor can find its way into a plethora of delicious fall-inspired cocktails. Wondering where to start? Here are ten fall-inspired cocktails that will have you begging for cooler weather: