Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta in Grease. Image: Paramount Pictures.

Things We Saw Today: ‘Grease’ Returning to Select AMC Theaters This Weekend For a Great Cause

In honor of the life and legacy of the recently passed singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, select AMC theaters across the U.S. will show the 1978 blockbuster musical, Grease this weekend. Newton-John was best known for her role as Sandy Olsson and non-Grease songs such as Physical. She passed away on August 8, 2022 after battling breast cancer for the last thirty years of her life. She was first diagnosed in the early 90s, and this latest time was her third diagnosis.

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The British-Australian singer was very hesitant to take on the role of Sandy, citing her age (29) and lack of an American accent. However, the popularity of the movie and her stellar performance made her a household name to many for decades. Newton-John would appear in several guest roles as herself anywhere from SNL to Glee to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

These tickets are available from August 19 – 24 with every $5 ticket sold redirecting $1 to the AMC Cares, which will donate it to cancer research. If you want to donate directly to a cause check out the Cancer Research Institute or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

(via Variety, featured image: Paramount Pictures)

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