Why Frenchy Disappeared From 'Grease'
The Grease film franchise created some of the best moments in movie history. From Sandy and Danny's everlasting love to the quirky habits displayed by the Pink Ladies, we simply could not get enough! But, why did one of the main actresses disappear from the screen halfway through the second film? Here we unpack her dramatic exit!
GREASE LEFT US WITH MANY QUESTIONS
It's been a long time since the arrival of Grease 2 on our screens, yet so much remains obscure. Where did the T-Birds come from? Will there ever be another Rock-a-Hula Luau, or are those days gone forever? There's one inquiry that continues tearing at the minds of fans: where did Frenchy go? But before we answer that, let's take a look back!
THE STORY OF FRENCHY
A speedy recap will tell us that one of the Grease heroes was Frenchy, played by Didi Conn. She is a bubbly Pink Lady who exits secondary school with expectations to work as a cosmetologist. At a certain point, she colors her hair pink, however afterward she colors it blonde again and all is well. That is how the tale of Frenchy from Grease goes.
HERE COMES GREASE NUMBER TWO
You can envision the elation that fans felt when this epic adventure returned for Grease 2. The film is set two years after the first and brought back the Frenchy character. She was bubbling over with the aspiration to get her secondary school confirmation. So, where did she go halfway through this sequel? But, first, we need to assess Grease 2!
GREASE 2: A DISSAPOINTMENT?
Roger Ebert said that the film reused the original Grease, without the stars, without the energy, without the newness, and without the bravado. A critique singled out that the feature of Liza Minnelli's stepsister was one of the only high points. But by and large, Grease 2 was a disappointment and made only $15 million.
MEET THE ORIGIONAL DIDI CONN
While you may know her best as Frenchy from Grease, the famous entertainer was born: Edith Bernstein in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York. Didi Conn, as she was later referred to, started booking gigs as an entertainer during the 1970s, with her IMDb page posting such credits including stints on The Rookies and Happy Days.
In 1977, she was given a role as one of the leads in Handle With Care. Conn then got her first real break when she handled the featuring job in You Light Up My Life, a 1977 film with a title tune by vocalist Debby Boone. The tune turned into a marvel, hitting number one on the Billboard singles chart and remaining there for a record-setting ten weeks.
THE RIGHT ROLE AT THE RIGHT TIME
The film, then again, was not really a blockbuster and reviews were not terrible, but not great either. Conn's presentation, be that as it may, was winning her some good connections. It put her on Hollywood's radar when producers were busy creating the major Broadway hit, Grease.
Conn might not have acknowledged it, yet a significant part of her life was going to start thanks to this film. Did you know that Didi Conn was not a young teenager when she played Frenchy in Grease? The movie was set in Rydell High in the last part of the 1950s, zeroing in on youngsters Danny, played by John Travolta, and Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John.
THE SHOCKING REAL AGES OF THE GREASE CAST
The cast, nonetheless, was a long way from youngsters. Travolta was 23 years of age at that point while Newton-John was 28. At 33, Stockard Channing, aka Rizzo, was the most seasoned "teenager" cast in the film. At the point when Didi Conn took on the part of Frenchy in Grease, she was 27!
The actress said the most fun was that the vast majority of them were more established than the characters they were playing so they just remained in character all day long. Remaining in character as youngsters somehow empowered them, Didi once explained. For a star that adored her role this much, we wonder - what happened to her?
CELEBRATING THE 40TH GREASE ANNIVERSARY
Before we find out what happened to Frenchy, did you know that Didi Conn observed Grease's 40th commemoration in evident Frenchy style? 2018 marked four decades since Grease graced our screens. To pay tribute to the event, British TV network NOW TV reproduced Frenchy's room — and brought Didi Conn into the reproduced film set!
Didi expressed that forty years is such a long time and stated that it took Moses that long to escape the desert to the promised land! Glancing back at the film's prosperity forty years later, Conn offered her hypothesis about why Grease was a tremendous hit and why it keeps on being rediscovered by new ages of fans.
WHY GREASE IS STILL POPULAR TODAY
She shared her thoughts and believes that the affection felt within the cast was genuine and maybe a little contagious. She says that when individuals watch it they feel that it was full of love and that's why it went over so well. Do you agree with her point of view?
FRENCHY AND SANDY TAKE OVER LAS VEGAS!
Frenchy and Sandy from Grease got together again for a Vegas session! The bond they created on the set of Grease has stayed solid for all these years. Didi Conn showed us this when she joined her on-screen cousin Olivia Newton-John in front of an audience in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in 2015!
The two Pink Ladies belted out the Grease hit "Summer Nights" during the Olivia Newton-John: Summer Nights show, which highlighted Newton-John performing hit singles, for example, "Physical" along with a few melodies from Grease, including "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're The One That I Want."
FRIENDS FOR LIFE
While Newton-John wore a dark cowhide coat and coordinating jeans — a gesture to what her character Sandy wore toward the close of the film — Didi Conn brandished a Pink Ladies coat. How perfect! The two were then spotted hanging out together and enjoying time together after the show, much the same as genuine old school pals. How sweet?
DID DIDI CONN STOP ACTING AFTER GREASE 2?
The accomplishment of playing Frenchy in Grease opened up big doors in Didi Conn's profession for the following decade. As indicated by IMDb, she starred in films such as Almost Summer as well as The Magic Show, a big-screen moment for the entertainer Doug Henning.
In the mid-'80s, Conn joined the TV sitcom Benson as the secretary of the title character. After Benson finished, Conn had a small feature on TV arrangements like Hotel, Cagney and Lacey, Highway to Heaven, and L.A. Law. During the 2000s, her credits include playing a server in Salma Hayek's 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic and a part on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
THE ROLES KEEP COMING
While she may never have landed a role as big and prominent as that of Frenchy again, she did enjoy a pretty lengthy career. In 1989, Conn was also given a role as Stacy Jones in the TV series Shining Time Station. Conn quickly repeated the part of stationmaster Stacy in a big-screen moment of Shining Time Station that appeared in 2000, which included Alec Baldwin!
FRENCHY 2.0: GREASE LIVE TAKES OVER
Didi Conn showed up again in 2016 when the Fox broadcasting company announced its live TV rendition of Grease. A totally different cast was gathered for Grease Live!, with Les Misérables' Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko and Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough as Sandy. Balancing the cast were various other stars. Can you guess who played the one and only Frenchy?
It was a pop singing sensation, Carly Rae Jepsen. Known for her hit single, Call Me Maybe, this starlet was excited about this massive role and honor. In fact, Didi met with Carly to help her prep for the part. She even gave her some original memorabilia, how sweet.
FRENCHY, GONE IN AN INSTANT
With so much love still clearly growing from Didi towards the Grease franchise, we are even more curious about why she disappeared from the Grease 2 film? Well, as it turns out, there is a very unique reason for her departure. It was not Didi's choice and in fact, good old Frenchy actually did record more scenes for the sequel film. So, what happened.
THE UNIQUE REASON FOR HER DISAPPEARANCE
This carries us to Frenchy and why she simply never got to see her story play out. The producer's acknowledged that they'd shot a lot of film for a character (Frenchy) whose story curve they had no desire of wrapping up. She was at first scheduled to show Michael how to ride a cruiser. However, we never saw this play out...
Frenchy vanished from the film, never to be heard of again. It was one of the numerous objections that filmgoers had about the hurriedly created spin-off. Notwithstanding the high recognition of a New York Magazine article that expressed the film was less than great.
Grease will forever hold a special place in the hearts of all its fans. Who knows, maybe one day we will get to see the unaired footage of dear old Frenchy! What do you think about this decision from the producers? Leave us a comment and be sure to click the share button if you liked this article.