Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 9, 2024

John Travolta Honors Late 'Grease' Star Susan Buckner

The Standard reported that Susan Buckner, renowned for her vibrant role in the classic musical "Grease," has died at 72.

John Travolta has shared a poignant tribute on Instagram to his late co-star Susan Buckner, marking the passing of an era in Hollywood.

Their unforgettable chemistry lit up the screen in 1978 when they starred in "Grease," with Travolta as the cool Danny Zuko and Buckner as the spirited cheerleader Patty Simcox.

Buckner's performance left an indelible mark on fans and co-stars alike. Her portrayal of Patty Simcox, filled with pep and cheer, became a symbol of youthful exuberance in the '70s cinema landscape.

On May 2, surrounded by her loved ones, Buckner passed away peacefully, a moment of closure in a life vibrantly lived.

More Than Just a Cheerleader

Reflecting on her career, Susan Buckner was more than just Patty Simcox. She appeared in several TV shows and films that showcased her versatile acting skills.

Her credits include appearances on "The Mac Davis Show," "Sonny And Cher," and "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour," as well as roles in the 1981 Wes Craven horror film "Deadly Blessing" and "Police Academy 6: City Under Siege" in 1989.

Her daughter, Samantha Mansfield, reflects on her mother's legacy:

She was magic. She was my best friend. And I will miss her every day. I was lucky I had such a lighting rod of a mother and now I have her as an angel.

John Travolta's Emotional Tribute Captures Global Attention

The news of her death was confirmed by a statement from her publicist, Melissa Berthier, to the PA news agency, bringing out condolences from across the entertainment industry and fans worldwide.

Travolta's post included a heartfelt caption alongside two photographs: one capturing Buckner in her iconic "Grease" role and another in more recent times.

In a moment that tugged at the heartstrings of "Grease" fans, Travolta wrote, "Susan you made Grease that much more special! We will miss you!" This sentiment echoed the collective feeling of loss felt by her admirers and former colleagues.

Remembering Susan Buckner's Sparkling Career

Susan Buckner's passing marks the end of a chapter for those who grew up with "Grease" as a cultural touchstone. Her role as Patty Simcox offered more than just entertainment; it provided a character many could aspire to with her boundless energy and school spirit.

Her broader career, spanning diverse roles in film and television, showcased an adaptable and endearing talent. As the entertainment world bids farewell to Susan Buckner, her performances will continue to inspire and entertain future generations, ensuring her legacy endures.

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