Fans left ‘heartbroken’ following the passing of beloved Grease star Susan Buckner

May 09, 2024
Tributes from fans have flooded social media following her passing, highlighting Buckner's impact on generations of viewers. Source: Getty Images.

Susan Buckner, the beloved actress best known for her role as the vivacious cheerleader Patty Simcox in the iconic 1978 film Grease, has sadly passed away at the age of 72.

Buckner passed away peacefully on May 2, “surrounded by loved ones”, as confirmed by her publicist Melissa Berthier.

“The light she brought into every room will be missed forever,” Buckner’s daughter, Samantha Mansfield, told PEOPLE.

“She was magic, and I was very lucky to call her my best friend.”

Born on January 28, 1952, in Seattle, Washington, Buckner emerged onto the entertainment scene with a multifaceted career that spanned beauty pageants, television, stage, and film.

Before gracing screens, Buckner claimed the title of Miss Washington in 1971 and earned a notable position as a top ten finalist in the Miss America 1972 pageant.

However, it was her foray into acting that solidified her place in Hollywood history. Best known for her portrayal of the quintessential high school cheerleader, Patty Simcox, in the iconic 1978 film Grease, alongside stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, Buckner captivated audiences with her charm and presence on screen.

Following her breakout role in Grease, Buckner continued to grace both the small and big screens with her presence. Throughout the 1980s, she made memorable appearances in popular television series such as The Love Boat and showcased her versatility in films like Deadly Blessing and Deadly Friend.

Additionally, her contributions extended to television, where she showcased her talents as one of The Krofftettes on The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, captivating audiences with synchronised swimming routines.

Tributes from fans have flooded social media following her passing, highlighting Buckner’s impact on generations of viewers.

Buckner is survived by her son, Adam Josephs, her daughter, Samantha Mansfield, and her sister, Linda.

Additionally, she leaves behind a legacy carried on by her four beloved grandchildren, her daughter-in-law, her son-in-law, and her longtime partner, Al.

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