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Susan Buckner, known for her notable role in “Grease,” has passed away.

Susan Buckner
Susan Buckner

She “died peacefully” in Miami while surrounded by loved ones, according to a statement from Melissa Berthier, a publicist for Buckner’s family. The cause of death was not disclosed. Buckner was 72.

The statement expressed that Buckner will be cherished for her kindness, generosity, and dedicated efforts to make a positive difference in others’ lives. It noted that her vibrant spirit will serve as an ongoing inspiration for performers and fans across generations.

Susan Buckner

Susan Buckner, born on January 28, 1952, graced both television and film screens throughout the ’70s and ’80s, but it was her role in “Grease” for which she became most renowned. In the 1978 musical, Buckner portrayed Rydell High School cheerleader Patty Simcox, who enlists Olivia Newton-John’s character, Sandy Olsson, to join the cheer squad.

“We’ll have so much fun and get to be lifelong friends,” Patty assures Sandy as she encourages her to audition for the squad.

In the film, Buckner and Newton-John’s characters are depicted waving pom-poms and cheering “Do the splits, give a yell” during a football game. “Grease” also featured notable actors such as John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, and others.

In addition to her role in “Grease,” Susan Buckner‘s Hollywood career includes appearances on various TV series such as “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour,” “Sonny and Cher,” “Starsky and Hutch,” and the short-lived sitcom “When the Whistle Blows.” Beyond her television work, she also appeared in the movie “Return Engagement” and had a role in Wes Craven’s 1981 horror film “Deadly Blessing,” where she co-starred alongside Sharon Stone.

Before pursuing her Hollywood career, Susan Buckner was crowned Miss Washington in 1971 and co-founded the musical duo Buckner and Pratt. Following her time on screen, Buckner redirected her attention to raising her two children. She later dedicated her post-Hollywood years to directing children’s theater performances and teaching dance.

Susan Buckner is survived by her son Adam Josephs, daughter Samantha Mansfield, grandchildren Oliver, Riley, Abigail, and Ruby, sister Linda, daughter-in-law Noel Josephs, son-in-law Adam Mansfield, and her longtime partner.

“Rest in peace, Susan,” the statement continued. “Your talent, spirit, and infectious smile will live on in our hearts forever.”

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