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Top Facts About Grease That You Surely Didn’t Know

Grease - 1978
Editorial use only. No book cover usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dave Friedman/Paramount/Rso/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (5886160w) John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John Grease - 1978 Director: Randal Kleiser Paramount/Rso USA Scene Still Grease (1978)

If you didn’t know about ‘Grease,’ you are missing something in your life. Grease is something more than just a musical movie; it is a global phenomenon that marked the 80s style in the US. This is one of the most famous musicals of the 20th century. It topped the box office in 1978, turned John Travolta into a superstar, and gave us non-stop songs. Forty years later, is there any other film behind its legendary status? These 28 facts will hopefully double the chills we feel the next time we watch movies.

The movie lasted for about two hours. In these two hours, we are displayed with fantastic musical numbers and songs written for the motion picture. So what are some of the things that even the good fans of the movie may not know? Here we are piling up the list for you to giddy up memories about the beloved musical.

A fashionable and stylish musical

Grease tells the story of Sandy and Danny’s meeting on the California beach, which is the beginning of their romance. Summer, 1958. Australian girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) is spending the holidays with her family on a California beach. There, Sandy meets Danny Zuko (John Travolta). In a short time, this introduction was the beginning of their romance. Unfortunately, summer vacation is coming to an end. Danny has to go back to school, while Sandy also has to return to Australia. Unexpectedly, Sandy’s parents made a surprising decision. Both of them decided to stay in California because they fell in love with this city. Sandy also starts a new school year at Rydell High School with his new friend Frenchy (Didi Conn).

Olivia Newton-john was ‘convinced’ to join the film

Newton-John confessed that she might not have opted to take a screen test for the role of Sandy had it not been for Travolta’s insistence she went to the audition.

She claimed that she and Travolta “both had a crush on each other.” It was also clear that she was “captured by him” and his “bright blue eyes.”

Olivia was clarifying it in The Fix magazine nine years ago; she said: “He was so sweet and nice, and I was very nervous about making a movie, and he convinced me that yes, I should do a screen test.

“We did the screen test, and it was great, and here we are!”

Travolta himself admitted to being keen on having Newton-John star opposite him, claiming in a 1981 interview that he put in a “heavy pitching” for the star.

He also added that he wanted Olivia so bad to star in Grease.

An instant smash-hit film


Grease was not only successful; it was 1978’s biggest hit. Of course, this was back when non-superhero films had the chance to do that. While interesting, this is also the year the first Superman film came out, so the writing is already on the wall.

Even years later, the cast of the film did a reunion of the much-beloved musicals with more than a hundred thousand people watching. It was that successful and legendary.

Too old for high school

Just in case you didn’t know – and if you weren’t paying attention, check your eyes, none of the cast was really high school age when they appeared in the film. John Travolta (Danny) is 23 years old, Stockard Channing (Rizzo) is 33 years old, Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) is 28 years old, Didi Conn (Frenchie) is 25 years old, and Michael Tucci (Sonny) was 31 years old at the time of creation film. At 19, Lorenzo Lamas (Tom Chisum) was actually the closest enough young man to high school. Channing was born in 1944, which means that he actually attended high school in the 50s.

Water stained

The drag racing scene might look like it was a lot of fun for the actors to shoot, but the consequences were unexpectedly bad. The splashes of water that were in the film were completely contaminated water. As a result, several people got sick from being exposed to it, undoubtedly creating tears on some of the pillows!

There are many initials.

 

One time John Travolta’s character fell in love with an American girl with the surname Dumbrowski. When Olivia Newton-John was cast, they changed her character to Australian to accommodate the Newton-John accent.

They also changed their surname to Olsson, although later Broadway shows would continue and change it to Young. Subtle – in the next iteration, will they call him Sandy Purity or just go straight to Sandy Virgin?

Jeff Connaway’s story and homage

Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) originally played Danny Zuko in a Broadway show before being cast in the film. No doubt he should refrain from giving John Travolta advice on how to role-play.

At the beginning of the film, Danny Zuko wears a jacket over his white t-shirt. It’s a subtle homage to one of the original bad boys, James Dean. He wore a wind jacket in Rebel Without a Cause.

Sadly, there is a tragic irony to a glorifying film like Grease, which references Dean, whose love of driving fast and living fast led to his tragic death.

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Grease theme song

The song You’re The One That I Want, sung by the duet Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta from the film Grease in 1978, became the highest-grossing film song in the UK. Meanwhile, the song Love Is All Around, sung by Wet Wet Wet, was raking up to the second position in the songs specially recorded for the film. The song was recorded for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Then, Stevie Wonder’s song titled I Just Called To Say I Love You from the film The Woman in Red is third.

In fourth place is Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams for the Robin Hood film: Prince of Thieves. This ballad topped the UK chart for 16 weeks in 1991, one week longer than the song Love Was All Around in 1994.

Another song from the film Grease, Summer Nights, came in fifth according to the ranking made by the Official Charts Company.

Legal auction of the film’s property

The musical Grease is fondly remembered and is considered the musical film of all time. Most of the featured songs in the movie are still largely used in many aspects of the entertainment industry. We are still singing them years later.

Moreover, his musical theater performances are still ongoing today. Memories of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson’s performances are so iconic, making the Grease fan base still quite strong. No wonder there is news about the auctioning of the Grease movie clothes collection for charity.

Olivia Newton-John was forced to part with more than 200 clothes and memorabilia from the 1978 film that became the biggest part of her career.

Julien’s auction house will start announcing direct bids for the collection on November 2. But fans in the Los Angeles area can already see items on display from October 28 to November 1 at The Standard Oil Building Beverly Hills.

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Reunion of ‘Grease’ in 2019

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

The musical Grease is fondly remembered and is considered the musical film of all time. Moreover, his musical theater performances are still ongoing today. Memories of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson’s performances are so iconic, making the Grease fan base still quite strong. No wonder there is news about the auctioning of the Grease movie clothes collection for charity.

Olivia Newton-John was forced to part with more than 200 clothes and memorabilia from the 1978 film that became the biggest part of her career.

Julien’s auction house will start announcing direct bids for the collection on November 2. But fans in the Los Angeles area can already see items on display from October 28 to November 1 at The Standard Oil Building Beverly Hills.

Grease live-action reboot

Carly Rae Jepsen in Grease Live!

The television station FOX intends to revive the musical in an event called “Grease: LIVE.” When the show airs on January 31, 2016, “Grease: LIVE” is a reintroduction event and also a re-introduction of the musical that tells the story of teenage romance in high school.

Currently, the line-up involved is Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie, and the wonderful Keke Palmer as Marty.

And to add to the excitement, Fox Broadcasting Company, and Paramount Television, as the production house for this show, announced that Grammy-winning singer Carly Rae Jepsen also joined. She will portray an iconic character named Pink Lady “Frenchy.”

Apart from Jepsen, other recently joined names are Kether Donohue as Jan and David Del Rio playing as T-Bird “Putzie.”

Not only that, but Jessie J will also perform and will perform the song that will open the show, “Grease (Is the Word).” Rather uniquely, some of the songs written by Barry Gibb got their renewal versions. This is due to make it look contemporary.

Michelle Pfeiffer reportedly wanted to star in a film reboot of the legendary musical.

Michelle Pfeiffer

The American actress Michelle Pfeiffer is eager to play another role in remaking the top ever musical film of the 1970s, Grease. She also wanted Jessica Simpson to play Sandy in the film.

The stress with the blond hair was feeling deeply uncanny by her unsuccessful performance through Grease 2 in 1982.  She said she wanted to erase all memories by creating a new version of the famous original film.

Pfeiffer got excited when he learned that Simpson would play the party queen Sandy Dumbrowski, and he began eyeing the role of principal McGee.” That’s a great idea, and I heard they would choose Jessica Simpson for the role of Sandy. She’s very talented,” he said.

Pfeiffer also shared his experience in the film, “I hated that film (GREASE 2) with all my grudges, and I couldn’t believe it would be that bad. At that time, I was young and didn’t know many things … I heard now it’s really adored.”

Olivia Newton-John married john Easterling in front of John Travolta

The pop singer Olivia Newton-John married Australian businessman John Easterling at a modest event at her home in Malibu, California, the Herald Sun newspaper reported Friday. Newton-John, 59 years, divorced Matt Lattanzi in 1993.

Three years ago, her lover of nine years, Patrick McDermott (48 years), was on the missing people list due to drowning while fishing. The singer, best known for his role in the film “Grease,” married Easterling in the presence of guests, including his co-star in the musical, John Travolta. The film “Grease” achieved box office success in 1978.

The film’s two soundtrack songs, “You`re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights,” managed to top the US and international charts. Easterling runs the Amazon Herb Company, a herbal supplement business that creates an ecological model that delivers multiple benefits to efforts to conserve the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants, reports the DPA.

There is an entertainment park with designs just like the set of Grease.

A pair of dancers, dancing at the end of the film “Grease” during a screening at the Outdoor Cinema of Barnes City, southeast London, England (07/09). Future Cinema, which specializes in combining film, theater, music, and dance events, has transformed Barnes Public Park into Rydell High School, the setting for the film “Grease,” which was popular in the early 80s.

Actors drive classic cars during the screening of the film “Grease” at the Outdoor Cinema of Barnes City, southeast London, England (07/09). Future Cinema, which specializes in combining film, theater, music, and dance events, has transformed Barnes Public Park into Rydell High School, the setting for the film “Grease,” which was popular in the early 80s.
Viewers joke in the bedroom of the cabin during the screening of the film “Grease” at the Outdoor Cinema of Barnes City, southeast London, England (07/09). Future Cinema, which specializes in combining film, theater, music, and dance events, has transformed Barnes Public Park into Rydell High School, the setting for the film “Grease,” which was popular in the early 80s.

The death of its actor, Jeff Connaway

LOS ANGELES – JUNE 16: The movie “Grease,” directed by Randal Kleiser. Seen here, Jeff Conaway as Kenickie. The initial theatrical release of the film, June 16, 1978. Screen capture. Paramount Pictures. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Jeff Conaway died at the age of 60. The actor, who is famous for his role in the musical Grease, died on Friday (27/05/2011) at a hospital in Los Angeles.

Conaway has appeared on several TV shows. However, he gained fame when he played Kenickie, Danny Zucko’s best friend, played by John Travolta, in the 1978 musical Grease.

In the same year, he appeared on the highly popular television show Taxi. He played the role of Bobby Wheeler, a taxi driver who continued to struggle in life for four seasons.

His career is growing. He appeared in several shows such as the soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful (1989-1990), the sci-fi series Babylon 5 (1994-1998), Elvira (1988), Mistress of The Dark (1988), Jawbreaker (1999), and Do You Want To Know A Secret (2001).

Unfortunately, in the midst of achieving a career, he was involved with drugs. Conaway started taking illegal drugs in mid-1998. And in 2008, he appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Drew Pinsky because he was seeking help out of his dependence on cocaine, painkillers, and alcohol.

Often Conaway threatens to resign from the world of entertainment and refuses to part with his girlfriend, Vikki Lizzi, who also suffers from abuse of prescription drugs. This actor is recorded to have been married twice, namely Rona Newton-John (1980-1985), the brother of Olivia Newton-John, who also played in Grease, and Michelle Conaway in 1990.

Olivia Newton-John’s biker jacket for auction

The biker jacket worn by Olivia Newton-John was auctioned off and sold at a fantastic price at USD 405,700 or around Rp. 5.6 billion. As quoted from the Straits Times, the iconic jacket was sold on Saturday (11/2/2019), and its value is double the initial price offered.
Biker Olivia Newton-John’s jacket in the film ‘Grease’ is auctioned, sold for Rp. 5.6

Apart from the biker jacket, the vintage ‘Grease’ poster with handwritten signs by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta was also the fans’ favorite. Most of the time, these are the most-sold items that peak quite a lot. Opened for USD 1000 (IDR 14 million), posters sell at USD 64 thousand (IDR 897 million).

A portion of the proceeds from the auction sale will be donated to the Olivia Newton-Joh cancer foundation. The foundation was set up by the actress for cancer research.
Biker Olivia Newton-John’s jacket in the film ‘Grease’ is auctioned, sold for Rp. 5.6 MIllion dollars.

Olivia, now 72 years old, is a cancer survivor. After two remissions (a condition where the cancer cells are no longer active), the British-born singer and actress were facing a cancer diagnosis again for the second time in 2018.

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