The renowned Grease actress, pursuing her career in the UK, is unrecognisable forty years after the film

When Grease debuted in 1978, one of the movie’s stars didn’t even resemble their famous character forty-five years later.

Grease barely had a $6 million budget, yet it made an incredible $366.2 million at the box office.

The Grease star looks unrecognizable from her iconic role (Image: GETTY)

Even after 25 years, the 1978 release still has a cult following and was the highest-grossing musical movie of that year.

Rizzo was one of the performers that left an impression on everyone, winning people over with her short brown hair and sarcastic demeanour.

Stockard Channing played Rizzo at the age of 34 (Image: GETTY)

The 79-year-old actress Stockard Channing no longer resembles the person she was 45 years ago, when she landed the legendary role that launched her career.

The actress now has longer, lighter hair in place of Rizzo’s short, dark brown hair.

Stockard, who was actually 34 at the time, played a convincing high school student in the well-known role that launched her career.

Stockard Channing has continued her career in acting (Image: GETTY)

Stockard was later nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation.

She also has credits in Smoke, The Business of Strangers, and First Wives Club.

From 1999 until 2006, she also played First Lady Abbey Bartlet on The West Wing.

Stockard Channing looks unrecognizable with her blonde tresses (Image: GETTY)

The actress was most recently seen at London’s West End’s opening night of Medea.

With a major role in ITV’s Maryland series this year, she has launched a career in the UK.

Because of her age at the Grease filming, Stockard has previously declared herself to be the “oldest living teenager” in the world.

Barry Pearl played Doody in Grease (Image: GETTY)

“It’s a little daunting when you come out of the theatre and people are shoving photos in your face,” she said to Lorraine on ITV. Sure, that’s fantastic, but it happened so long ago.

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