OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Olivia Newton John always held a special place in my heart because of her role in Grease. Grease was written by a guy who grew up in a Chicago suburb like the one I grew up in. In high school there were two groups – the Greasers and the Ivy League style kids. The Greasers had oily pompadours and sinister black leather jackets. The Ivy Leaguers wore penny loafers and v-neck sweaters. Greaser girls wore tight clothes and more make-up. Greasers were less likely to go to college, but they were definitely sexier. Grease, the play, opened in a small theater in Chicago and was SUCH a hit, it was on Broadway the following year – despite the raunchy and politically incorrect dialogue. That’s where I saw it and fell in love. In the film version Olivia Newton John was the perfect Sandy Dumbrowski – and she will always be remembered for that- and the fact that I never heard a negative piece of gossip about her.
(Above, a few years ago, Olivia attended a Grease event with a life size cutout of Sandy.)

Photo: Pacific Coast News

5 thoughts on “OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

  1. Thank you for the joy you brought to so many. RIP, ONJ

  2. She was a lovely woman. A great talent. RIP. I wonder what that Chicago suburb is like now. Probably overrun with guns and crime.

  3. Grease was written by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey, who were from the Far Northwest Side of Chicago, not any suburb & went to Taft HS together.

  4. Becca seems to know more than a professional media blogger who lived in Chicago ? I think not…

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