More than 40 years have passed since the release of Grease and this important anniversary was celebrated at this year ‘s Cannes Film Festival . Many years have passed since one of the most successful musicals in the history of cinema, but what will the young actors of the time be like today?
Even now the love story of Danny and Sandy continues to make thousands of people dream and fill theaters around the world with countless versions and, these days, it is talked about even more.
In fact, in the year in which Grease ‘s 40th birthday is celebrated (2018) , there was no shortage of celebrations but not even the indiscretions that spoke of sex and drugs, showing for the first time the dark side of the musical.
To honor one of the most viewed films in history and to remove some curiosity, this article will show the changes of the protagonists of the time.
Let ‘s find out how the actors of Grease are today :
1) Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John was born in 1948 and, in addition to being a good actress and also a singer. In our country she is famous above all for the interpretation of her, in the role of Sandy , in the musical film Grease , with John Travolta . The cancer-stricken actress was married from 1984 to 1995 to actor Matt Lattanzi with whom she had a daughter, actress and singer Chloe in 1986 and in 2008 she remarried and since with producer Amazon John Easterling .
2) Jeff Conaway
American actor and director Jeff Conaway , born in 1950 and died in 2011 , played the role of Kenickie . He is the youngest of three brothers, he was married twice to Olivia Newton-John’s sister , from 1980 to 1985 and to Kerri Young from whom he divorced. The actor also stars in Beautiful as photographer Mick Savage, Kristen Forrester’s first boyfriend.
3) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing, nominated for an Oscar for best actress for the film 6 Degrees of Separation , was born in New York in 1944 and the general public met her in Grease , in the role of Betty Rizzo . As for her private life, the actress married four times : first from 1964 to 1967 with the sculptor Walter Channing Jr. , Then from 1969 to 1976 with the translator Paul Schmidt, from 1976 to 1980 with the writer David Debin and from 1982 to 1988 with businessman David Leffert Rawle . From 1988 to today she and she engaged to photographer Daniel Gillham .
4) Didi Conn
Didi Conn , the actress I play Frenchie , is actually called Edith Bernstein and she was born in 1951 . She in Grease she wanted to play the role of Rizzo, but the producers said she was perfect for the other role. In addition, she was considered for the part of Olivia in the 1980 film Popeye . Since 1984 she has been married to musician David Shire with whom she had a son, Danny , born in 1992 who has autism . .
5) John Travolta
John Travolta , born in 1954, was 18 when he saw that musical on Broadway and fell in love with the role of Danny , the protagonist of Grease, which I then play for the cinema. In 1991 Travolta married actress Kelly Preston with whom he had three children : Jett, who died prematurely in 2009 of unspecified causes, Ella Bleu and Benjamin. Her daughter Ella made her film debut in 2010, alongside her father in the film Daddy Sitter.
6) Dinah Manoff
The American actress and director, born in 1958, and daughter of art . Her father Her Arnold Manoff was a successful film screenwriter in the 1940s and her mother was the actress Lee Grant . The first film role of the actress was the part of Marty Maraschino, in the film version of Grease. She the actress she was married from 1980 to 1985 to Jean-Marc Joubert and from 1997 and married to Arthur Mortell , with whom she had three children: Dashiell and the twins Oliver and Desi.
7) Barry Pearl
Actor Barry Pearl , born in 1950 , and known for playing Doody , one of the members of the T-Birds in the movie Grease . In the 1990s and 2000s he also appeared as a guest star in Criminal Minds, ER – Frontline Doctors , Baywatch and Dr. House – Medical Division , and took part in several plays .
8) Kelly Ward
Kelly Ward , born in 1956, was 22 when I play one of the T-Birds bullies , Putzie . The actor preferred to go behind the camera directing some animated films including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and The New Adventures of Charlie .
9) Michael Tucci
Michael Tucci , born in 1946 , is an American actor best known for his portrayal of the character of Sonny in the musical Grease . From 1993 to 1997 he was part of the cast of the television series A detective in the ward .
10) Jamie Donnelly
American actress Jamie Donnelly was born in 1947 and in Grease she starred in the role of Jan. About her Her career over the years has also continued in numerous Broadway shows.