“Grease” Actress Susan Buckner, Known For Her Role As Patty, Has Passed Away

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The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Susan Buckner, best known for her role as the perky cheerleader Patty Simcox in the iconic 1978 musical film “Grease.”

Buckner, who brought charm and vivacity to the silver screen, passed away at the age of 72.

News of her passing surfaced earlier this week, with reports confirming that she died on May 2 in Miami. Details regarding the cause of her death remain private as the family continues to grieve in privacy.

The actor’s representative, Melissa Berthier, confirmed to PEOPLE that Buckner was “surrounded by loved ones” when she passed.

Olivia Newton-John and Susan Buckner in 'Grease.'
Olivia Newton-John (L) and Susan Buckner (R) in ‘Grease.’Photo: Courtesy of Samantha Mansfield via PEOPLE

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Buckner’s rise to fame was not just limited to her role in “Grease,” alongside actress Olivia Newton-John.

Her dynamic presence was felt across the entertainment industry. She adeptly portrayed Jean Harlow in a CBS telefilm, tapping into the glamor of Hollywood’s golden era. In addition, she shared the screen with Sharon Stone in Wes Craven’s 1981 horror flick “Deadly Blessing,” showcasing her versatility as an actress.

Before her foray into acting, Buckner was a beauty queen, capturing the Miss Washington title in 1971 and gracing the Miss America pageant. This early brush with fame was a precursor to her later successes in film and television.

Susan Buckner Miss Washington 1971.
Susan Buckner Miss Washington 1971.
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However, Susan Buckner’s life was not solely defined by her acting career.

After her time in Hollywood, she turned her focus to her family, channeling her creative energies into directing children’s theater and teaching dance. Her passion for the arts was evident in every aspect of her life, even as she stepped away from the limelight.

The legacy Susan Buckner leaves behind is rich and varied. She is remembered lovingly by her children, grandchildren, and extended family, including a sister, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law, as well as her longtime partner, Al.

In honor of her life and her love for nature and the arts, those wishing to pay tribute can make donations to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami.