There are few movies which are as timeless and nostalgic as Grease. The 1978 musical’s enduring popularity is the result of a brilliant storyline, extremely catchy songs, and, of course, the actors and actresses it thrust into the limelight.
Unlike many other movies from the seventies, Grease transcends generations. I watched it for the first time with my mom when I was a kid, and I’ve seen it countless times since then with my friends. There’s no doubt I’ll show it to my kids too.
Grease might have been set in a high school, and whilst it’s easy to delude yourself into thinking that its cast will remain eternally youthful like the characters they played, almost 40 years have passed since it first hit our screens.
Fans’ inability to recognize just how old the movie is became apparent when Stockard Channing, who played the rebellious Betty Rizzo, made a rare appearance on popular British daytime TV show Lorraine this week.
Channing starred in Grease when she was 34 years old. She is now 73, so it was inevitable that she wouldn’t look as fresh-faced as she did then, but fans of the movie were extremely critical of her appearance, claiming that she looked “unrecognizable”.
The actress had been invited onto Lorraine to reminisce about her role in the movie. Whilst Channing appeared in a number of other movies including Practical Magic (1998), she is best known for playing Rizzo in Grease.
When Grease fans took to Twitter to criticize Channing’s appearance, the vast majority of them speculated that she’d had a considerable amount of plastic surgery, resulting in her reportedly unrecognizable appearance.