'Saoirse is great, but I can't say her name' - Grease film star Didi
Grease actress Didi Conn has heaped praise on Saoirse Ronan, calling the Irish star "phenomenal".
Didi (66) starred as Frenchy in the 1978 musical alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
She saw Lady Bird star Saoirse (24) on the Broadway stage last year when she starred in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, but admitted she struggles to pronounce her name.
"I don't know how to say her name. She's phenomenal, come on," she said.
"She's so great. I saw her on Broadway on stage and she is just amazing. You guys are really great.
Didi, who has visited Ireland many times over the years with her composer husband David Shire, also said she hopes the Eighth Amendment will be repealed in the upcoming referendum.
"I believe in a woman's ability to choose. That's just the bottom line," she said. "Children need to be wanted. I think you feel it in the womb.
"There just are so many horrible things that can hap- pen that women need the choice."
Although she was already married by the time she filmed Grease, the New Yorker admitted there was some behind-the-scenes flings on set, mostly thanks to actor Jeff Conaway, who played Kenickie.
"There was some rockin' and rollin'. Jeff Conaway's trailer was always rockin' and rollin', what can I say?" she told the Herald.
"There was true affection between John and Olivia, although they both had relationships, but there really was an attraction."
Didi admitted that none of the actors in Grease ever suspected the film would become the favourite of so many fans around the world when they were making it.
"No, trust me. I would definitely have asked in my contract for them to put some points in there. I had absolutely no idea," she said.
"We really all had a good time. A lot of people in the movie were in the Broadway show, so they really knew these characters."
Didi was recently in London celebrating the 40th anniver- sary of the film.
She launched a Now TV "slumber party screening" pop-up earlier this week, which was an exact replica of Frenchy's bedroom.