Donna Mills Says Sandy’s ‘Look’ in Grease Was Modeled After Her: ‘I Found Out Years Later’

Donna Mills Says Sandy’s ‘Look’ in Grease Was Modeled After Her: ‘I Found Out Years Later’

Donna Mills claims to be the blueprint for Grease’s Sandy.

The TV icon, who is known for her Dallas spin-off sequence Knots Touchdown, shared a video Sunday wherein she attire up because the character from the 1978 film musical, a job made well-known by Olivia Newton-John. Within the clip, Mills stated she was the “mannequin” for the character.

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“Does the character Sandy from Grease look much like me? This is why!” she wrote within the caption.

“Do you know that I went to highschool with Jim Jacobs?” she stated to the digicam within the video, referencing the musical’s co-writer. Mills added with amusing that he “used me as his mannequin for Sandy.”

“I did not comprehend it on the time, however I came upon years later,” she stated. “I used to be the unique Sandy.”

Jacobs informed The Buffalo Information again in 2010 how he and co-writer Warren Casey initially got here up with the Grease thought, calling it “a kind of pipe desires you’ve gotten if you’re half within the bag at a celebration.”

“We’re sitting round in my condominium in like ’69, and it was some solid occasion of a present. Round 1 within the morning, there have been nonetheless just a few outdated potheads laying round, handed out on the ground,” he recalled on the time. “I used to be sick and uninterested in listening to Led Zeppelin or regardless of the hell I had on the file participant, and I dug out a few of my outdated 45s. That is the common-or-garden beginnings of it.”

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“I used to be enjoying Dion and the Belmonts, Little Richard and the 5 Satins, and I stated to Warren, ‘Man, would not that be a gasoline to do a Broadway present utilizing this sort of music as a substitute of that conventional Brigadoon, Oklahoma stuff that everyone knows?’ ” he added.

Grease follows the story of two teenagers in love within the Nineteen Fifties — Sandy and Danny Zuko (John Travolta within the film) — who meet whereas on summer season trip and reconnect at first of the college yr when Sandy attends Rydell Excessive as a switch scholar. The movie additionally starred Jeff Conaway, Stockard Channing, Barry Pearl and Didi Conn.

Mills, who seems in Jordan Peele’s upcoming film Nope, lately informed PEOPLE about stepping again from her Hollywood profession to develop into a mother.

“I used to be very targeting my profession, however at a sure level, I noticed there was one thing lacking — it was a baby. So I went after it. I adopted her when she was 4 days outdated,” she stated. “By that point, I used to be 54 and other people stated, ‘You are going to be so outdated [to] have slightly toddler operating round.’ I by no means felt that. I by no means felt older than the opposite moms who have been most likely of their 20s.”

She added, “If you wish to give to your profession, I say having a baby later in life is healthier than having a baby early.”

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