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Knots Landing star Donna Mills, 81, claims she was real inspiration behind Grease character, Sandy

Knots Landing star Donna Mills may be best known for her role in the Dallas spin-off, but the 81-year-old actress has now claimed she had a hand in creating an even more famous on-screen character: Sandy van Fat.

According to the soap icon, one of the film’s writers used her as his muse for the blonde bombshell when he took inspiration for the famous role – played by Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 musical film.

Mills made the claim in a Instagram video posted to her account on Monday, when she shared a clip of herself transforming into Sandy, revealing how she helped inspire the iconic character.

Does the character Sandy from Grease look like me? This is why!’ she says at the beginning of the video.

Sea icon Donna Mills turns into Grease character Sandy

Olivia Newton-John played the character in the iconic 1978 film

I’m Sandra Dee: Sea icon Donna Mills has claimed she was the muse for Sandy, Olivia Newton-John’s character in Grease.

After posing in Sandy’s iconic black leather jacket look, Mills then said, ‘Did you know I went to school with Jim Jacobs? Jim Jacobs who wrote Grease? Jim Jacobs who used me as his model for Sandy?’

She continued, “I didn’t know it then, but I found out years later — I was the original Sandy.”

Jim Jacobs co-wrote the 1972 Broadway musical with late friend Warren Casey, which spawned Randal Kleisers’ iconic 1978 film starring John Travolta as Danny Zuko alongside Newton-John.

Both Jacobs and Mills both grew up in Chicago and attended Taft High School.

The video was originally posted by makeup artist Brett Freedman on TikTokwho captioned the clip: ‘Um, yeah, @thedonnamills and I are besties now and doing TikToks together…so that’s what time it is here.

Mills shared the video of her transformation on TikTok and Instagram

The Knot's Landing star enjoyed dressing up with the help of a makeup artist

Tell me more, tell me more: Mills shared the video of her transformation on TikTok and Instagram

Iconic duo: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta as Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko in Grease

Iconic duo: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta as Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko in Grease

Pink lady: Mills candidly said she was Sandy's muse

Fan Favourite: Newton-John's portrayal of the character made her an international star

Pink lady: Mills candidly said she was Sandy’s muse

Grease premiered in theaters in June ’78! Sugar and spices a la Donna Mills.’

He continued, “Fun fact: Grease writer Jim Jacobs modeled the character Sandy on Donna Mills. They used to go to school together and she seems to have left quite the muse!’

In an earlier interview with The Buffalo newsJacobs said he got the idea for the musical — based on his own experiences — after getting involved with the local Chicago community theater scene.

“We’re in my apartment in 1969, and it was a cast party of a show,” Jacobs explained.

“Around one o’clock in the morning there were still a few old potheads, passed out on the ground. I was tired of listening to Led Zeppelin or whatever I had on the record player, and I dug up some of my old ’45s.’

He continued, “That’s the humble beginning of it.

Shining Star: Mills (pictured in 1994) attended the same high school as Grease playwright Jim Jacobs

Shining Star: Mills (pictured in 1994) attended the same high school as Grease playwright Jim Jacobs

Familiar face: Mills played wily vixen Abby Fairgate on the Dallas spin-off Knots Landing

Familiar face: Mills played wily vixen Abby Fairgate on the Dallas spin-off Knots Landing

Household Name: She first joined the show in 1980 before leaving in 1989

Household Name: She first joined the show in 1980 before leaving in 1989

“I was playing Dion and the Belmonts, Little Richard and the Five Satins, and I said to Warren, ‘Man, wouldn’t that be gas to do a Broadway show with this kind of music instead of that traditional Brigadoon, Oklahoma -hassle we all know?”‘

Set in the fictional Rydell High school, Grease depicts the ups and downs of relationships between Danny and Sandy Olsson, and between their friends, as they navigate senior year in the late 1950s.

In addition to the Broadway show’s successful performance from 1972 to 1980, the iconic film adaptation became one of the highest-grossing films of the 1970s and is widely regarded as a Hollywood classic.

Mills, who stars in Jordan Peele’s upcoming horror film NOPE, rose to fame when she played the scheming shrew Abby Fairgate in the Dallas spin-off Knots Landing from 1980 to 1989.

Donna, who appeared on television and in guest roles after her departure from Knots Landing, explained that she decided to take an 18-year break from acting full-time to focus on raising her daughter Chloe – whom she adopted in 1994 when she 54. years old.

Maternal love: Mills retired from acting for over a decade to focus on raising her adopted daughter, Chloe (pictured together in 2009)

Maternal love: Mills retired from acting for over a decade to focus on raising her adopted daughter, Chloe (pictured together in 2009)

Screen Siren: Mills (seen in 2014) won the Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series award at the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards

Screen Siren: Mills (seen in 2014) won the Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series award at the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards

She spoke out about her decision to become a mother for the first time in her 50s, Mills told People earlier this year she “understood that something was missing” in her life, after so many years of being “focused on her career.”

“I was very focused on my career, but at some point I realized something was missing – it was a kid,” she said.

“So I went after it. I adopted her when she was four days old.

“By then I was 54 and people were saying, ‘You’re getting that old? [to] let a little toddler run around.’ I never felt that. I’ve never felt older than the other mothers who were probably in their twenties.’

The actress returned to daytime television in 2014 when she had a recurring guest role on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.

She won the Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series award at the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards for her performance.

In recent years, Mills has continued to act in television, movies, and theater.

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