Shocking News: ‘Grease’ Star Susan Buckner, Famous for Playing Cheerleader Patty Simcox, Dead at 72!

Susan Buckner, renowned for her roles in television and film, including a notable performance in “Grease,” has passed away.

According to Melissa Berthier, the publicist of the Buckner’s family, the actress “passed away peacefully” in Miami amidst her loved ones last Thursday. The cause of her death was not disclosed. She was 72 years old.

The family statement emphasized that “Susan will be fondly remembered for her compassion, magnanimity, and her steadfast dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of those around her. Her infectious spirit will continue to motivate generations of artists and enthusiasts alike.”

Born on January 28, 1952, Buckner took part in an array of TV and film productions throughout the 70s and 80s. However, she is most remembered for her role in “Grease.” In this 1978 musical, Buckner played the part of Patty Simcox, a cheerleader at Rydell High School who encourages Sandy Olsson, Olivia Newton-John’s character, to join the cheerleading team.

In a scene, Buckner’s character, Patty convinces Sandy to join the squad saying, “We’ll have a blast and become friends for life.”

Throughout the movie, Buckner and Newton-John are seen cheering on their school’s football team, waving their pom-poms and chanting “Do the splits, give a yell.” The cast of “Grease” also included John Travolta, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, and others. Newton-John passed away in 2022 at the age of 73.

Aside from “Grease,” Buckner’s prominent Hollywood roles include appearances on TV shows like “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour,” “Sonny and Cher,” “Starsky and Hutch,” and the brief sitcom “When the Whistle Blows.” She also featured in the movie “Return Engagement” and Wes Craven’s 1981 thriller “Deadly Blessing,” which had Sharon Stone as a co-star.

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Prior to her Hollywood career, Buckner was crowned Miss Washington in 1971 and was a co-founder of the musical duo Buckner and Pratt. Post her acting career, Buckner chose to concentrate on raising her two children. She spent her later years directing children’s theater performances and teaching dance.

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 companion, Al.

The family statement concluded, “Rest in peace, Susan. Your talent, vivacity, and radiant smile will forever be etched in our hearts.”

Donations in memory of Buckner can be made to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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