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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‘If you don’t use
it, you lose it’