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‘Knots Landing’ star Donna Mills claims Sandy in ‘Grease’ was modeled after her: ‘I found out years later’

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Donna Mills claims she was the inspiration behind Sandy in "Grease." The actress, who starred in the "Dallas" spinoff "Knots Landing," recently took to her Instagram and shared a video of herself dressed up as the character from the 1978 movie, a role made famous by Olivia Newton-John.

In the clip, the 81-year-old claimed she was the "model" for Sandy. "Does the character Sandy from Grease look similar to me?’" she captioned the post. "Here’s why!" "Did you know that I went to school with Jim Jacobs?" Mills said in the video. "Jim Jacobs, who wrote ‘Grease.’ Jim Jacobs, who used me as his model for Sandy.

I didn’t know it at the time. But I found out years later. I was the original Sandy." In 2010, Jacobs explained to The Buffalo News how he and co-writer Warren Casey came up with the idea for "Grease." "We're sitting around in my apartment in like '69, and it was some cast party of a show," Jacobs explained at the time. "Around one in the morning, there were still a few old potheads laying around, passed out on the floor.

I was sick and tired of listening to Led Zeppelin or whatever the hell I had on the record player, and I dug out some of my old 45s.That's the humble beginnings of it. "I was playing Dion and the Belmonts, Little Richard and the Five Satins, and I said to Warren, 'Man, wouldn't that be a gas to do a Broadway show using this kind of music instead of that traditional ‘Brigadoon,’ ‘Oklahoma’ stuff that we all know?'" he added.

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