Monday, April 18, 2016

Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines: O is for Olsson


Here we are again, my friends....Give me an A! Give me a B! What was I talking about? Oh, yeah -- give me an O!  


It's the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge and I'm still here! Keep 'em coming, peep posters of the internet!  Have you visited some of the other participants? Check out all the great blogs on the list.  #AtoZChallenge 

Thanks to the creator, Arlee Bird (Tossing It Out), and the team that helps make thewhole A-to-Z shebang happen. A list of great participants can be found at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days), alphabetically, theme optional. Of course, I had to go with a theme: Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines

I'll bet you didn't recognize Olsson when you first saw it -- and really, why should you? This character was more memorable by her first name: Sandy.  As the object of John Travolta's affection, however flawed, in the movie Grease, everyone chang-chang-changity chang shoobopped along with the sappy couple.

But really...who didn't love Sandy Olsson? An Australian inexplicably plopped down at Rydell High in the good ole' USA (really, we never did get a good explanation of that hook up...not that I'm bitter...) for her Senior year at the tender age of 28. You go, girl.

O is for Olsson!


Sandy: "He was sort of special."
Rizzo: "There ain't no such thing."









Sandy: "Are you making fun of me, Riz?"
Rizzo: "Some people are so touchy."


"Tell me about it, stud."

36 comments:

  1. DOC ~
    I think I may have worked on this production for one or two days, but if so, nuttin' about it stands out.

    I DO know, however, that I later spotted several of my good "Hollywood Buddies" in the movie, most notably Big Al and Torch (leader of 'The League Of Soul Crusaders').

    But I didn't see the movie until DECADES after it was released. I guess I was too busy drinkin'.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. How many shows and movies did you work on?? You bad boy you:)

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    2. Ha! Very conservatively speaking, I'd say a bare minimum of 616.

      ~Good-Dog... er, I mean ~Good-Boy
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    3. Now, you know it's more like 620...

      Are you proud of me keeping up with posts...but barely able to do comments? LOL.

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  2. Can't say I saw this. My percentage has dropped with this one.

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    1. I hated to do that to you, Mike...lol...

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  3. I loved Grease! I have seen it several times over the years. Sandy is a great character and there's lots of chemistry between Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. Great film.
    I have another blog in the A to Z here: That's Purrfect

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    1. Purrfect indeed!

      Grease is a classic (contemporary...but classic).

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  4. I've watched-at this movie several times over the years. Never sat through the whole thing. LOL for the "tender age of 28" and still in HS.

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    1. That you, m'dear! I try, ha ha. Next year, I could do a list of movies I really want to watch and walk away from EVERY TIME.

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  5. She was 28 at the time? Grease was such fun!

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    1. Yes! Can you believe it? I thought she looked old in the "Hopelessly Devoted" scene.

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  6. This was one movie that my friends and I would sneak in the bathroom after a movie and then go back into the theater and watch it back to back for free. We did this for weeks. I bet I saw the movie at least 20 times that year it came out. I also had the album and played it front to back over and over. Good times!!! Did you see the live version on TV a few months ago? It wasn't terrible.

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    1. Musicals just do it for me! I love them. And if they are upbeat, even better. Plenty of upbeat moments in this one that get your toes tapping.

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  7. As campy as it is, I admit... I enjoyed it. In the last song, did you see her skipping! in heels?! That's worthy of some kind of award.

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    1. Amen! One of my great pleasures of adulthood is the fact that I one day decided that I would not wear heels anymore. I'll break my neck some other way.

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    1. I dated a guy that was in love with her big time.

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  9. This was the first movie I saw at the movies without my parents. It holds a special place in my heart. I also had the record and played it to death. Just LOVE this movie.

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    1. I think the first movie I saw without a parent was in elementary school - but only because our school did a movie day sometimes and they played "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" with a very young Kurt Russell.

      Obviously, I have no shame about my advanced age...

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  10. Olivia is also an "o" for today. Did you see the remake on TV? They did a pretty good job, but not as good as the original. Good job!

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    1. Yes, Olivia works, too! It's easier to do the actor than the character's name. About 6 characters in, it occurred to me that I could have thought this out better.

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  11. Well, if you must know...
    Cool that someone thinks I'm a 'stud,' though.
    Maybe you should go see your eye doctor?

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  12. Well, if you must know...
    Cool that someone thinks I'm a 'stud,' though.
    Maybe you should go see your eye doctor?

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    1. It was that marathon picture with the red shorts that did it, Al.

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  13. I saw this in the theatres and should try again. I liked it except I thought the ending sucked. She gave up who she was to become a slut just to be with that dope.

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    1. I see it as Sandy becoming a liberated woman and doing what she really wants. Besides, Danny has also given up his usual identity and is wearing a letter sweater. He tosses it aside only when he sees what Sandy wants. She could have stayed the way she was and had the letter sweater wearing Danny. She made a choice to embrace her sexuality.

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    2. I don't think Sandy was a loose woman, but I do think the message to change who you are to please a guy is not necessarily my favorite feminist message.

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  14. I don't remember knowing that Sandy's last name was Olsson. Maybe she was a Norwegian Australian. Seeing this movie annoyed me because every time John Travolta danced, a bunch of little teeny-boppers in the theater screamed.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The fact that they worked in her Australian background to the story was weird to me, lol. Norwegian-Australian, indeed, ha ha ha. John Travolta was a looker back then...some teeny-boppers can't handle the power o' JT...

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  15. The gum chewing while they mock Sandy for being too pure. LOL

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    1. Stockard Channing was perfect for Rizzo. I can hardly imagine anyone else in the roll.

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  16. I didn't realize that was her last night, but we were all in love with Sandy.

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    1. It would be un-American not to like Sandy...and Australian...

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  17. Loved this one. Lots of great moments. John Travolta was so cool back then. The only thing I didn't like about Grease was how she had to change from a pure, innocent to get the guy. As a youth, it was probably the wrong message for me to receive. Still, it's a bit of fun, isn't it?

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Love, Cherdo