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“GREASE” AND “DEADLY BLESSING” ACTRESS SUSAN BRUCKNER DIES AGED 72

Posted on: May 15th, 2024

“That was NOT supposed to HAPPEN!”

It is our sad duty to report that actress Susan Bruckner, best known for her role as Patty Simcox in the 1978 musical Grease, has died.

Already a prolific television actress and beauty contestant before bagging her most notable role, Bruckner was familiar to audiences due to multi-episode arcs on The Hardy Boys and The Brady Bunch.

Although a small part in Grease, the role of Patty Simcox is fondly remembered among movie fans due to Bruckner’s impeccable comic timing. Cast as a nerdy do-gooder, Bruckner overcame her natural beauty to successfully embody Patty as a foil, oblivious to the fact the student body tries to avoid her.

To genre fans, Bruckner is most notable for playing one of three female leads in Wes Craven’s 1981 slasher tale Deadly Blessing.

Playing Vicky Anderson, Bruckner starred alongside Sharon Stone in the Academy Award Nominee’s first feature role. Having since become a cult classic, Bruckner was the only cast member to reflect upon the film during its 2012 blu-ray release.

Retiring from acting in 1983, Bruckner left Hollywood for Florida, where she’d raise a family. Through the years, she continued to embrace her cult following through social media, television stints, and convention appearances.

She passed away in Miami on May 2nd 2024, a cause of death was not given.

Rest easy, Susan.

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