‘Grease’ Musical Writer Disputes Dead Sandy Fan Theory

Jim Jacobs says Olivia Newton-John’s character didn’t drown in first scene, as a viral theory hypothesizes

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That bizarre fan theory about “Grease” that says Sandy was in a coma the whole movie, and dies at the end? Nope, not true, at least according to the guy who literally wrote the book on the subject: “Grease” co-creator Jim Jacobs.

TMZ got in touch with Jacobs, who wrote the original version of the musical (along with Warren Casey), to get to the truth of the matter.

Jacobs is pretty sure whoever came up with the theory that Sandy actually drowned, and that the entire movie is her waterlogged synapses short-circuiting before she dies and ascends to heaven in a flying car, was on acid.

Now, Jacobs co-wrote the original musical in 1971. This particular fan theory pertains to the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and there are significant differences between the two works, including the closing image of a flying car (impractical for a stage musical in 1971) upon which much of the current “Grease” theory rests.

And after all, the point of fan theories is that they seldom depend on the intent of the creator. Like so many other theories that have been debunked, the odds of this one sticking around, floating to the top of your grandchild’s “Grease” Google search, are pretty decent.