Olivia Newton John was 30 in 'Grease'

Grease“Grease” was definitely my “High School Musical.” I saw the movie multiple times when it came out and wore out the record acting it out with my best friend. I was always Danny—she was bossy that way. I had it out for ONJ, aka “Sandy.” Even though I loved watching “the transformation” from goody two shoes to smoking harlot, I was even more in love with John Travolta (I think I even scribbled on her face on the inside of my album cover). Jealousy is not pretty.

I have to thank the L.A. Times today for reviving my old feud with one more reason to have hated Olivia. She was a 30-year-old playing a high school senior! Imposter! Actually, I’m quite over it all and am happy to say she ranks much higher than John “Revolta” in my book. All I have to do is think of that image from “Battlefield Earth” and ONJ suddenly seems like a goddess. Plus she redeemed herself for me as a roller-skating loving tween with Xanadu.

More fun teen imposters outed by the L.A. Times, reg. required:

Henry Winkler in “Happy Days”
Henry Winkler, who played the iconic greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonazarelli was 29 when “Happy Days” first aired in 1974. Fonzie was said to be a high school drop out, so his age was never clear, but a decent guess is somewhere between 18 and 19 in those early seasons.

Alan Ruck in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Cameron Frye, the uptight best friend of Matthew Broderick’s Ferris Bueller was in his senior year of high school, but Alan Ruck, the actor who played him, was 30 years old when the duo ditched a day of school.

Benjamin McKenzie in “The O.C.”
A brooding 27-year-old McKenzie stars as moody Ryan Atwood, the high school kid from the wrong side of the tracks, who won’t graduate from high school in the next season.

Sissy Spacek in “Carrie”
The slight, freckled actress was 27 when she played…

 
 

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