Grease: 8 Facts You (Probably) Don’t Know
In June 1978, the iconic musical Grease made its jump from the neon lights of Broadway onto the big screen. Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as T-Bird leader Danny Zuko and Australian good girl Sandy Olsson, the film captured the hearts of critics and fans alike when it was released. Featuring an abundance of sing-alongs, dancing and cool cars, the musical follows the teenagers of Rydell High’s Class of ’59 as they close out their school days together. Today, DoYouRemember presents eight facts you (probably) didn’t know about Grease.
• Grease remains the highest grossing musical of all time, pulling in more than $400 million at the box office.
• The big dance scene that takes place in the high school auditorium was filmed during the summertime, which meant the school was closed and there was no air conditioning. Making things even more difficult was the fact that all the doors and windows were kept closed for lighting and sound reasons. The resulting temps of nearly 120 degrees led to several actors being treated for heat exhaustion.
• While filming the epic “Greased Lightnin’” number, Jeff Conaway was accidentally dropped by his cast mates and suffered an injury, which ultimately started him on his addiction to painkillers.
• Conaway, who was a few inches taller than John Travolta, had to crouch slightly during their scenes together so he’d appear shorter.
• After her zipper broke, Olivia Newton-John had to be literally sewn into the memorable skintight outfit she wore during the last musical number.
• Partridge Family star Susan Dey was courted for the role of Sandy, but reportedly passed on the part at the urging of her agent.
• “You’re the One That I Want” by Travolta and Newton-John and “Grease” by Frankie Valli both made it to the top of the singles charts.
• It’s rumored that Elvis Presley passed on the chance to play the role of Teen Angel in the “Beauty School Dropout” scene.