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Grease Stars: Where Are They Now?

Updated on September 25, 2014

Can you believe that it's already been 36 years since Grease originally came out? I think most of us can agree that this is one of the greatest movies of all time. And, if you're anything like me, you've seen this movie 15+ times. I love this movie so much, that I decided to see what our favorite Rydell High members are up to now-a-days.

John Travolta: Danny Zuko

Oh Danny, you have to love him. Aside from the pain he puts Sandy through, you can't help but love those big blue eyes, smooth side smile, and that adorable voice. John Travolta's career began to slow down in the early 80's, however, "Pulp Fiction" brought popularity back to him in the early 90's. Travolta was also seen another popular musical, "Hairspray", where he actually played a female role (it was hilarious). He has been married to Kelly Preston since 1991. The couple had three children, and unfortunately lost Jett Travolta in 2009.

Olivia Newton-John: Sandy Olsson

Sweet, sweet Sandy made it popular to be a nice girl. She proved to us you don't have to be a mean, cool girl to land the heart throb. Although she was actually 29 while playing a high school student, she ended up being absolutely perfect for the role. She is more recently seen in the movie "A Few Best Men". A few years ago she and Travolta actually reunited for the album "This Christmas". The breast cancer survivor lost her sister a couple of years ago to brain cancer. She got married for the second time in 2008 to John Easterling.

Jeff Conaway: Kenickie Murdoch

Oh how ya had to love Kenickie. Not only was he one of the main T-Birds, but he was also Danny's best friend. Conaway played the lead role of Danny Zuko in the Broadway production of Grease. The actor's drug and alcohol abuse was seen on "Celebrity Rehab" in 2008. Unfortunately, the beloved Jeff Conaway died in 2011. His death was caused by multiple conditions, including coronary artery disease and pneumonia.

Stockard Channing: Betty Rizzo

Rizzo, the leader of the Pink Ladies. She starts off as a "too cool for school" and somewhat conniving kind of girl. But, you end up loving Rizzo who turns out to be a very genuine character. Even though she was 33 at the time of filming, Stockard Channing played the role of Rizzo absolutely perfectly. Channing was also seen in works such as "Six Degrees of Separation" and "The Good Wife". Channing has been married four times, with her last marriage ending in 1980. She has been involved with Daniel Gillham for the past 20 years.

Didi Conn: Frenchy

Easily the sweetest character, other than Sandy of course, Didi Conn played the pink haired, beauty school dropout, Frenchie. She was also seen in Grease 2. She has a child, whom she named after Danny Zuko. I actually recently saw her in a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode, playing a nurse. Conn is currently living outside of New York City with David Shire, her second husband.

Dinah Manoff: Marty Maraschino

Marty, the female "player"/flirt, was 24 at the time of filming. Dinah Manoff was later seen in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael", "Touched by an Angel", "Cybill", and "State of Grace". She has been married to Aurthur Mortell since 1997 and she has 3 sons.

Annette Charles: Cha-Cha DiGregorio

Ugh Cha-Cha...the true bad girl of the film that you love to hate. I've never wanted to punch a character in a movie as much as I wanted to punch Cha-Cha when she stole Danny from Sandy at the dance. You can't deny it, the girl definitely had some dance moves. She was seen in multiple TV series including "The Bionic Woman" and "The Incredible Hulk". She later became a professor of speech communications at California State University. How cool would that have been to have Cha-Cha DiGregorio as your professor!? She ended up dying from lung cancer in 2011.

Jamie Donnelly: Jan

When you think of Jan, it's hard not to sing "Brush up, brush up, brush up..." in your head. After Grease, Donnelly became an acting coach. She has also had roles in "Family Affair", "Naked Brothers Band", and "Monk".

Barry Pearl: Doody

The goofiest member of the T-Birds, we saw Doody played by Barry Pearl. After Grease, Pearl stuck to acting. He has made appearances in shows like the very popular "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Criminal Minds". He was last seen in 2011 starring in the Broadway production of "Baby It's You".

Michael Tucci: Sonny

The somewhat annoying, yet still lovable Sonny, was played by Michael Tucci. He was later seen to play reoccurring roles in "The Paper Chase" and "It's Gary Shandling's Show". He also had a role in the well known movie "Blow".

Dennis Cleveland Stewart: Leo

Leo, better known as "Craterface", was definitely the most disgusting character of the show. He took being a bad guy to a whole other level, with just the sound of his voice making you cringe. He also played in Grease 2. He passed away in 1994.

It seems that all of our favorite members have had their ups and downs since Grease. You still have to love the Rydell High gang, the casting directors could not have picked more perfect people for their roles.

Who was your favorite character?

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      It was cool to see where everyone ended up, especially the more obscure actors.

      Great read!

    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 3 years ago

      Thank you for the information in this hub! Before reading your hub then I only knew the "whereabouts" of John Travolta.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear torrie,

      I LOVE hubs like this. The where are they now is always interesting. Will you be writing more of these?

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      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Great look at where they are now.

    • SavioC profile image

      SavioC 3 years ago

      Interesting article. Took me back in time for a while.