Remembering Susan Buckner: John Travolta delivers moving tribute to late Grease star

May 10, 2024
Travolta, who portrayed the suave Danny Zuko in the 1978 hit film, took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Buckner's passing. Source: AP PHOTO.

In a heartfelt tribute, actor John Travolta reminisced about his time working alongside the late Susan Buckner, who sadly passed away at the age of 72 on May 2.

Best known for her role as the vivacious cheerleader Patty Simcox in the timeless classic Grease, Buckner left a lasting mark on Hollywood and the hearts of fans worldwide.

Travolta, who portrayed the suave Danny Zuko in the 1978 hit film, took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Buckner’s passing.

Alongside a poignant picture of Buckner both as an adult and a teenager, Travolta wrote, “Susan you made Grease that much more special! We will miss you!”

Source: Instagram/@johntravolta.

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.

Travolta’s tribute to Buckner has been echoed by fans worldwide who have flooded social media with messages honouring her legacy and the joy she brought to generations of viewers.

-with BANG.

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