“Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion // Grease is the way we are feeling…” Perhaps that’s why Grease: Live won so many Emmy Awards at this week’s Creative Arts ceremony — FOUR trophies! It was the first of the current crop of live TV musicals, including the recent editions of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz!, to win multiple Emmys and the first to land a Special Class Program award, the top category it was competing in.
With all this talk of Grease, we couldn’t help but look at the fan theories surrounding the original musical movie. Let us tell you, the results are far from a “Beauty School Dropout”-like dream sequence. See for yourself:
1. Sandy drowned. An old Grease fan theory recently resurfaced, which suggests that the entire film is a “drowning woman’s coma fantasy.” TL;DR, Sandy drowned on the beach the day she and Danny met, went into a coma and played out the events of the flick in her head. At the end, when she and Danny fly off in Greased Lightning, that was a symbol of her dying and going to Heaven.
(So much for Danny singing, “I saved her life // She nearly drowned,” in “Summer Nights.”)
According to TMZ, Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs debunked the theory, and is fairly certain that the OG theorist “was on acid.”
2. Sandy committed suicide. “Sandy, you must start anew // Don’t you know what you must do?” Olivia Newton-John‘s character is said to have taken her own life during her tune after the race. Gives a whole new meaning to “Goodbye to Sandra Dee,” doesn’t it?
3. Danny died in the car race. Unwilling to believe that Sandy was the dead one in the story, a Reddit user claims that Danny succumbs to injuries in the car race. “The movie from the point of the ~near accident~ to the very end is the beginning of his afterlife.” That’s why everything went so smoothly in his life after the race ended.
4. Sandy and Danny both died. The whole thing is their final dream.
Grease: Live marked a bittersweet moment for Vanessa Hudgens ’cause she lost her dad to cancer 24 hours prior to airtime. And, sadly, all of these stars know what it’s like to lose their father to the same deadly disease:
After being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in August 2015, Vanessa's father, Greg Hudgens, passed away from the disease. The 65-year-old's passing, unfortunately, came just hours before Vanessa took the Fox stage in the role of Rizzo for Grease: Live. Vanessa dedicated her performance to her father saying, "Tonight, I do the show in his honor." Because she's such a trooper, she went on to give a flawless performance. You go, girl!
Although Demi didn't seem to have a close relationship with her father in life, she still had to deal with struggle of losing him to cancer back in 2013. The "Confident" singer then opened up about her relationship with him and his passing in the song "Father" that is featured on her latest album. We're here for you, Demi!
Unfortunately, Austin's father never grew old enough to see his son grow into the talented musician he is today — as he lost his battle with cancer when Austin was still a kid! However, because of the timing in Austin's life, it only helped him grow closer to his father. "People are like, 'Is it weird that you don't have a dad?' No. That’s just how I grew up, and that's what's normal for me. I can't imagine having a dad. I can't be like, 'Hey, Dad! Want to go play catch in the yard?' That would be weird for me to say," he told Teen Vogue in an interview.
Before the Jenner family was around, Kris was married (and later divorced) to famed lawyer, Robert Kardashian. He served as the father for Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Rob, until he passed away on September 20, 2003 from esophageal cancer at the mere age of 59. The siblings still remember their father in episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and is being portrayed by David Schwimmer in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
And Kourtney Kardashian's on-again-off-again love and father of her children, Scott Disick, unfortunately lost his father to cancer as well. As his dad, Jeffrey, seemed to have passed away from the disease in the beginning of 2014 — just months after his mother passed away as well. So sad!
In June 2013, the Quantico actress lost her father to cancer after he suffered an eight year battle with the disease. In fact, Priyanka even put her acting career on hold for a bit to deal with her father and his disease. However, after the passing, she used both of their struggle to open up her very own cancer center in his name. How sweet!
At the end of 2015, the country rocker's father, Robert Urban, lost his battle with cancer. "My Dad's love of country music and America set me on my life's journey, and shaped so much of who I am today," Keith released in a statement after his father's passing, "Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers."