Grease is a timeless classic that has captured the hearts of many over the years. While you may think you know everything about this iconic film, we’re here to unveil some behind-the-scenes secrets that will surprise and delight even the most dedicated fans.
Olivia Newton-John’s Transformation as Sandy
Director Randal Kleiser initially had reservations about lead Olivia Newton-John. He wasn’t sure if she could convincingly portray the transition from the innocent Sandy to the sassy version. However, as we all know, Newton-John’s performance was nothing short of extraordinary.
Kleiser revealed that the chemistry between Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta was apparent from their first meeting. Travolta’s support made Newton-John feel at ease, and their connection was evident on and off screen.
Marty’s Dancing Dilemma
If you ever noticed that Marty was conspicuously absent from the big dance number at the high school prom in Grease, there’s a surprising reason. Actress Dinah Manoff, who portrayed Marty, had limited dancing skills in real life.
She wasn’t included in the scene, which was so full of energy and choreography. Missing out on the hand-jiving fun was a disappointment for her.
Olivia Newton-John’s Wardrobe Challenge
While audiences admired Sandy’s iconic ’50s-inspired outfit at the end of the movie, Olivia Newton-John’s experience was less enthusiastic.
Her skin-tight black leather pants were so constricting that she had to be sewn into them at the beginning of each shooting day and ripped out of them at the end. This challenging wardrobe change demonstrated the old saying that beauty is pain.
Henry Winkler’s Regrettable Decision
Believe it or not, Henry Winkler, known for his role as Fonzie, was initially considered for the role of Danny Zuko in Grease, but he turned it down.
He didn’t want to be typecast, a decision he later regretted. Reflecting on this choice, Winkler advised listening to your instincts, noting that your gut knows more than your head.
The Gray-Haired Jan
Actress Jamie Donnelly, who portrayed Jan, had noticeably gray hair during filming, despite being only 30 years old at the time.
To maintain a youthful appearance for her character, she had to dye her hair, showcasing the film’s commitment to detail.
Elvis’s Missed Opportunity
Elvis Presley was offered the role of the Teen Angel in Grease, but he declined. The part was later taken on by Frankie Avalon.
While Elvis didn’t appear in the film, a tribute to the legendary star was included in the song ‘Sandra Dee.’ Interestingly, this homage was added to the movie on the same day Elvis Presley passed away in 1977.
Reba McEntire is ready to hit the road once again. After wrapping up the first leg of her Reba: Live in Concert tour recently this March, the country superstar has already announced the second leg of her eponymous musical tour, which is about to kick off in Lafayette, Louisiana in October.
In the Fall Arena Tour, Reba McEntire, 67, is going to be joined by her buddy Terri Clark, 53, as a special guest. A longtime friend of the singer, Clark will accompany McEntire throughout November on this 17-date tour. The country star was visibly excited while announcing the second leg and said that she is ready to get back out there and can’t wait to see everyone out on the road again, especially after having a lot of fun in the spring. As the celebrated singer puts it, she has always done and will continue to do the fun work, and she is no doubt enjoying herself in this highly anticipated live concert tour.
Reba McEntire’s tour was supposed to happen in 2020, but got delayed due to unavoidable circumstances, making the three-time Grammy Award winner singer wait for two long years. Finally the Reba: Live in Concert is up and running, covering 17 venues all across the country. In the meantime, McEntire also had to grapple with the loss of her mother Jacqueline… As McEntire recalls, she was helping her brother and sisters to take care of their ill mother in Oklahoma, while she had to fly back and forth from Oklahoma to Nashville for her rehearsals. She went back home after receiving the news of her mother’s passing in the middle of March in 2020 and got stuck there. After all this waiting and struggle, McEntire is extremely happy to welcome back the excited fans in her concert tour venues.