'Grease' Star Susan Buckner Passes Away at 72

 May 8, 2024

Susan Buckner, beloved actress from the 1978 classic "Grease," has died at the age of 72, the New York Post reported. 

Buckner, best known for her cheerful role in "Grease," passed away surrounded by her family on May 2. Susan Buckner was born in 1952 in Seattle, Washington. She emerged into the public eye after winning the title of Miss Washington in 1971, which paved the way for her career in entertainment. Buckner initially gained fame as a member of the Golddiggers on "The Dean Martin Show."

From Pageantry to Prominent TV Roles

Following her pageant success, Buckner expanded her career into television. She appeared on several popular variety shows during the 1970s, including “The Mac Davis Show,” “Sonny and Cher,” and “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.” These appearances made her a familiar face to American audiences.

Buckner's most memorable role came in 1978 when she was cast in “Grease.” As Patty Simcox, the peppy cheerleader, she became an iconic part of a film that remains beloved by generations. Her co-stars included John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, among others.

Susan Buckner’s Iconic Role in 'Grease'

While “Grease” catapulted her to stardom, Buckner did not return for the sequel. Her last film role was in the 1981 movie “Deadly Blessing.”

After her acting career, she turned her focus to directing children’s theater and teaching dance in Florida, inspiring many young performers.

Her daughter, Samantha Mansfield, reflected on her mother’s lasting impact, not just as an actress but as a vibrant spirit in their lives. Buckner's personal life was enriched by her relationships with her children and grandchildren, as well as her longtime partner, Al.

A Life Beyond the Camera

Buckner’s dedication to the arts continued throughout her life, influencing many beyond her professional circle. Her family and friends remember her as a source of joy and inspiration.

Her daughter Samantha shared, “The light she brought into every room will be missed forever. She was magic, and I was very lucky to call her my best friend.”

Samantha's statement highlights the profound personal loss felt by those close to Buckner. Her passing marks the end of an era for those who grew up admiring her work and her vibrant personality.

Remembering Susan Buckner's Legacy

Buckner’s influence extends beyond her film and television roles; she made significant contributions to the arts through her work with children and young adults. This legacy of nurturing young talent will continue to impact the community she loves.

Her publicist, Melissa Berthier, confirmed her peaceful passing, noting that it occurred surrounded by loved ones, a testament to the life she lived full of love and close family ties.

In conclusion, Susan Buckner will be remembered not only for her roles on screen but also for her role in her community and her family.

She is survived by her daughter Samantha Mansfield, son Adam Josephs, and her grandchildren Oliver, Riley, Abigail, and Ruby, who will carry forward her legacy of light and love.

Latest News

© 2024 - Patriot News Alerts