‘Knots Touchdown’ star Donna Mills claims Sandy in ‘Grease’ was modeled after her: ‘I came upon years later’

‘Knots Landing’ star Donna Mills claims Sandy in ‘Grease’ was modeled after her: ‘I found out years later’

2022-06-24 03:00:48

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Donna Mills claims she was the inspiration behind Sandy in “Grease.”

The actress, who starred within the “Dallas” spinoff “Knots Touchdown,” lately took to her Instagram and shared a video of herself dressed up because the character from the 1978 film, a task made well-known by Olivia Newton-John.

Within the clip, the 81-year-old claimed she was the “mannequin” for Sandy.

“Does the character Sandy from Grease look just like me?’” she captioned the put up. “Right here’s why!”

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“Do you know that I went to highschool with Jim Jacobs?” Mills mentioned within the video. “Jim Jacobs, who wrote ‘Grease.’ Jim Jacobs, who used me as his mannequin for Sandy. I didn’t understand it on the time. However I came upon years later. I used to be the unique Sandy.”

In 2010, Jacobs defined to The Buffalo Information how he and co-writer Warren Casey got here up with the thought for “Grease.”

“We’re sitting round in my residence in like ’69, and it was some solid get together of a present,” Jacobs defined on the time. “Round one within the morning, there have been nonetheless a couple of outdated potheads laying round, handed out on the ground. I used to be sick and uninterested in listening to Led Zeppelin or regardless of the hell I had on the report participant, and I dug out a few of my outdated 45s. That is the standard beginnings of it.

I used to be taking part in Dion and the Belmonts, Little Richard and the 5 Satins, and I mentioned to Warren, ‘Man, would not that be a gasoline to do a Broadway present utilizing this type of music as an alternative of that conventional ‘Brigadoon,’ ‘Oklahoma’ stuff that everyone knows?'” he added.

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Donna Mills (left) claimed she served because the blueprint for Sandy in “Grease,” a personality famously performed by Olivia Newton-John.
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“Grease” tells the story of two teenagers in love within the Fifties — Sandy and Danny Zuko (John Travolta). The pair met whereas on summer season trip and reconnected firstly of the college 12 months when Sandy attends Rydell Excessive as a switch pupil. The movie additionally starred Jeff Conaway and Stockard Channing, amongst others.

In 2019, Newton-John instructed Fox Information Digital she had a blast remodeling into “dangerous” Sandy throughout filming.

“It was a lot enjoyable,” the 73-year-old defined. “I used to be taking part in Sandy for fairly some time on set, and I received to know her as this candy little woman in a poodle skirt. However then once I received to strive on that dangerous woman search for taking pictures, I really didn’t know what to anticipate. I simply had my hair and make-up performed.”

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred in "Grease," directed by Randal Kleiser, 1978.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred in “Grease,” directed by Randal Kleiser, 1978.
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“I walked on set carrying the costume whereas John [Travolta] was in the course of filming a music,” she shared. “The response I received was so sudden. Initially, [the cast] didn’t know who I used to be. After which I received all of this consideration from the blokes. I simply thought, ‘Oh my goodness! Is that this what it takes?’ It was an aha second, a humorous one. I used to be taking part in a personality, however it was plenty of enjoyable for me.” 

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