Susan Buckner, 72, the actress who played Patty Simcox in “Grease,” passes away

Buckner, a renowned beauty queen, was born in Seattle, Washington, on January 28, 1952. She was crowned Miss Washington in 1971 and competed for her state in the Miss America pageant the following year. then, she joined Dean Martin’s Golddiggers, then joined the all-girl group Fantasy, and eventually started her own musical partnership, Buckner and Pratt. Along with her appearances as a synchronized swimmer on “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour,” Buckner also performed as a dancer on television shows such as “The Mac Davis Show,” “Sonny and Cher,” and the “Telly Savalas Live Touring Show.”

Son Adam Josephs and daughter Samantha Mansfield, together with four grandchildren, sister Linda, in-laws and son-in-laws, and her lifelong companion Al, survive Buckner.

American actor Susan Buckner, who gained popularity for playing Patty Simcox in the 1978 musical “Grease,” passed away on May 2. She was seventy-two. Her spokesperson announced her death.


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At the age of 25, Buckner was chosen to play the cheerleader for Rydell High, a cast that also included Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. Buckner, who played Simcox, embodied the school spirit with a classic shout that fans will never forget: “Do the splits, give a yell!” Be a little more respectful of elderly Rydell! Cheers, red and white! Go Rydell, and let’s battle like crazy!

With guest appearances on a number of TV series, including “The Love Boat,” “B.J. and the Bear,” and “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” Buckner kept up his acting career.

In the later years of her life, Buckner led dance classes at Body and Soul Gym in Coral Gables, Florida, and directed multiple children’s theatrical shows at Pinecrest Elementary School.



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