'Grease' Trivia: 17 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Movie

By | December 12, 2017

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton John attend a party following the gala premiere of 'Grease.' The party was held on a Paramount sound stage that was decorated like a high school gym and cafeteria. Source: Bettmann/Getty

Released in 1978, Grease starred John Travolta as Danny, Olivia Newton-John as Sandy, Stockard Channing as Rizzo, Jeff Conway as Kenickie, Didi Conn as Frenchy, Jamie Donnelly as Jan, Dinah Manoff as Marty, Barry Paul as Doody and Michael Tucci as Sonny. The production was a musical, romantic comedy set in the 1950’s. It chronicled the lives and antics of a group of high school friends.

You may not have been aware of the countless happenings, behind the scenes as well as things that happened right under our noses, on screen, that we missed. How much of the trivia below did you actually know?

• In the stage shows before Grease was made into a film, Jeff Conaway, who plays Kenickie, played Danny and John Travolta played Doody. Richard Gere also auditioned to play Danny in the movie, but John was given the part because of his role in Saturday Night Fever. Also, Didi Conn, who plays Frenchy, wanted to play Rizzo.

The School Was Named For A Singer Who Wasn't Famous Yet

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• The fictitional Rydell High was actually named with 1960’s teen idol Bobby Rydell in mind.

• John Travolta was personally responsible for coming up with the “too cool for school walk" that Danny used in the first scenes of the movie. It was his way of getting into his character and trying to create a bad boy image.