Didi Conn

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Didi Conn, 66, is most recog­nis­able for play­ing Pink Lady, Frenchy, in the iconic 1978 film Grease. Didi went on to star in TV series Ben­son and re­turned for Grease 2 in 1982. We caught up with the orig­i­nal ‘beauty school drop-out’ to talk all things fame.

How do you take your tea?

I’m more of a cof­fee per­son, but I like English break­fast tea very much. I just put a lit­tle cream in.

Which bis­cuit do you dunk?

When I first met Olivia New­ton-John and I went to her house in Mal­ibu, she gave me these bis­cuits which had a lit­tle milk choco­late on top. Those were my favourite bis­cuits from that day for­ward.

Why do you think Grease is still as pop­u­lar to­day?

I think it has to do with the fact that we all re­ally en­joyed mak­ing it and we all love each other. There’s a theme in the film of ‘we’ll al­ways be to­gether be­cause we love each other’. When we get to­gether, it’s like no time has gone by. When some­thing is hon­est and true, it comes across and it’s con­ta­gious.

Do you get fan mail?

I still get a lot of let­ters through my door every week from all over the world, ac­tu­ally, even prisons. One time, they wanted me to send some un­der­wear. Oh, my gosh! That was ter­ri­ble! My hus­band threw it out. I wasn’t go­ing to do it, but I didn’t ex­pect that – it was scary!

Where’s the strangest place you’ve been recog­nised?

I still get recog­nised, es­pe­cially if I talk. The strangest was in an aero­plane bath­room – that’s bad when you’re trapped. Luck­ily, I was in first-class at that time, and I was walk­ing around the plane just stretch­ing my legs and some­body saw me. The whole plane broke into song and I signed au­to­graphs, but I was able to get back to my seat.

What helps keep you youth­ful?

I wrote a play for my­self and I had to learn how to box. If you don’t use it, you lose it – it’s re­ally true.

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