‘Grease’ actress Susan Buckner dies at 72

Susan Buckner, best known for her role as cheerleader Patty Simcox in the iconic film Grease, passed away on May 2nd at the age of 72, per nbcnews.com

Buckner’s energetic portrayal of Rydell High’s spirited cheerleader left a lasting impression on audiences. Her rendition of the rallying cry, “Do the splits, give a yell! Show a little spirit for old Rydell!” is etched in the minds of Grease fans worldwide. 

Buckner’s career extended beyond Rydell High. She appeared in numerous television shows like “The Love Boat” and “B.J and the Bear,” and even landed roles in films like Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing and the comedy sequel Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.

Olivia Newton-John, left, and Susan Buckner in ‘Grease.’ CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

Later in life, Buckner turned her passion for performance into teaching. She directed children’s productions at Pinecrest Elementary and shared her love of dance with classes at a Coral Gables gym. 

Buckner’s life was filled with many accomplishments. Before her acting career took off, she was crowned Miss Washington in 1971. She also performed as a dancer on shows like “The Sonny and Cher Show” and even graced the stage as a synchronized swimmer on The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

Susan Buckner is survived by her children, grandchildren, sister, extended family, and longtime partner.  She leaves behind a legacy of school spirit, artistic talent and a life filled with passion. 

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