Slumber Party filming location is Los Feliz Craftsman – DIRT
Some celebrity deaths seem to sting more than others. The world was certainly in shock last Monday as news of Olivia Newton-John’s untimely passing at the age of 73 made its way onto the internet. Star of stage, screen and music video, the beloved British-born Australian-born singer/actress/activist rose to fame through her role as sunny Rydell High School student Sandy Olsson , in the 1978 film adaptation of the musical “Grease.” Sheer perfection in her portrayal, the multi-hyphenated Hollywood talent was actually hesitant to accept the role when it was initially offered to her, which seems inconceivable in hindsight. As director Randal Kleiser told the Los Angeles Times in 1998, “Newton-John was our first choice to play Sandy, but she was nervous about acting, feeling comfortable with us and so she could pass at all. She asked for a screen test; after that, she would decide if she would make the film.
The screen test — and her chemistry with co-star John Travolta, who played her love interest, T-Bird Danny Zuko — turned out to be magical, she accepted the role and the rest, as they say, is up to her. the story. According to The Numbers, “Grease” became the highest-grossing film of the year after its June 16 release, grossing an incredible $153 million by the end of 1978. It went on to gross nearly $390 million. in worldwide box office sales, spawning one of the most popular soundtracks of all time and making Newton-John a household name in the process.
Set in an unspecified American suburb, the film (which is currently streaming on Paramount+) was shot in and around Los Angeles throughout the summer of 1977. Forty-five years later, the locations used remain among most popular with moviegoers. Incredibly, although a handful have been lost to the wrecking ball, many still look very much like they did when Kleiser first captured them with his camera four and a half decades ago! One, in particular, the Craftsman-esque house where Frenchy (Didi Conn) is having a sleepover for fellow Pink Ladies — Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Marty (Dinah Manoff) and Jan (Jamie Donnelly) — and newcomer Rydell Sandy, remains absolutely frozen in time since appearing on the big screen.
In real life, the two-story property is at 4522 Kingswell Ave. in Los Feliz, just over a mile from John Marshall High School, the location used in the film’s famous final sequence, and about three miles from Paramount Pictures, which served as the production base. (Please remember this is private accommodation. Do not trespass or disturb residents or property in any way.)