Grease Actress Susan Buckner Dead at 72

Grease Actress Susan Buckner, Who Played Sandy’s Cheerleading Friend Patty Simcox, Dead at 72

The star, who played cheerleader Patty Simcox in ‘Grease,’ retired from acting in the 1980s to raise a family

Beloved actress Susan Buckner, known for her role as the cheerful Patty Simcox in the 1978 musical ‘Grease,’ has passed away at the age of 72.

According to Melissa Berthier, a family publicist, Susan died peacefully on May 2 surrounded by her loved ones. The family has chosen not to disclose the cause of her death at this time.

Her daughter, Samantha Mansfield, shared fond memories, describing her mother as a beacon of light and love, saying, “The light she brought into every room will be missed forever. She was magic, and I was very lucky to call her my best friend.”

Susan Buckner was born in 1952 in Seattle and first gained national recognition when she won Miss Washington in 1971. She then went on to represent the state at the Miss America pageant the following year.

Building on her pageant success, Susan broke into the entertainment world and became a member of The Golddiggers, an all-female singing and dancing troupe on The Dean Martin Show. She also made guest appearances on shows such as The Mac Davis Show, Sonny and Cher, and The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

Susan’s portrayal of the vivacious Patty Simcox in ‘Grease’ made her a household name. Her spirited cheerleading performance was a memorable part of the film, rallying Rydell High School to new heights with her cheer: “Do the splits, give a yell! Show a little spirit for Old Rydell! Way to go, red and white! Go Rydell, fight, fight, fight!”

While she continued working in television and film throughout the 1980s, Buckner’s role in ‘Grease’ remained her most iconic. She appeared in popular series like ‘The Love Boat’ and ‘The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,’ and featured in movies including ‘Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.’

Later, she decided to pivot away from the spotlight, devoting herself to raising her two children. She found joy in directing children’s theater at an elementary school in Florida and teaching dance at a gym in Coral Gables.

Susan Buckner is survived by her daughter Samantha Mansfield, her son Adam Josephs, her grandchildren Oliver, Riley, Abigail, and Ruby, her sister Linda, her daughter-in-law Noel Josephs, her son-in-law Adam Mansfield, and her longtime partner Al. The family cherishes her memory and the love she brought into their lives.

Susan’s legacy goes beyond her role in ‘Grease.’ Her talents, kindness, and dedication to her family’s happiness will always be held dear by those who knew and loved her.