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January 1, Grease Cheerleader Star Passes Away at 72



Susan Buckner, best known for her role as cheerleader Patty Simcox in “Grease,” has passed away at 72 years old. The news was confirmed by Melissa Berthier, a publicist for the Buckner family.

“Susan died peacefully on May 2 surrounded by loved ones,” Berthier said.

Buckner’s daughter, Samantha Mansfield, paid tribute to her mother. “The light she brought into every room will be missed forever,” she said.

Mansfield also called her mother “magic” and her “best friend.”

Before her acting career, Buckner won Miss Washington in 1971. She went on to represent the state at the Miss America competition the following year.

She eventually transitioned into the entertainment industry. Buckner started as one of The Golddiggers on “The Dean Martin” show, leading to her breakout role in “Grease.”

In addition to “Grease,” Buckner appeared on “The Mac Davis” show, “Sonny and Cher,” and “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.” She also appeared in “The Love Boat,” “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” and “Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.”

However, she chose to retire from acting in the 1980s to focus on her family.

Buckner remained an advocate for the arts. She directed a children’s theater at an elementary school in Florida and taught dance at a gym in Coral Gables.

Fans and friends are paying tribute to the actress on social media. They are honoring her contributions to the entertainment world.

Buckner is survived by her daughter Samantha Mansfield, son Adam Josephs, four grandchildren, sister Linda, daughter-in-law Noel Josephs, son-in-law Adam Mansfield, and longtime partner Al.

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