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Betty Rizzo (born August 9, 1941) better known by her surname "Rizzo" is one of the main characters in the movie Grease. She is the sarcastic leader of the Pink Ladies. She smokes, has a strong voice, and does not care what others think of her. She is the girlfriend of Kenickie and Sandy Olsson's former frenemy.

In the 1978 film she is portrayed by Stockard Channing. In the 2016 live version she is portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens (who portrayed Gabriella Montez from the disney original movie High School Musical 1, 2 and 3)


Rizzo is an older teenage girl with a slim figure and is average height. She has hazel eyes, dark brunette hair with a curly pixie cut, and a fashionable rockabilly sense of style. She is not bright and cheerful with her outfits as the other Pink Ladies, and often wears revealing and tight clothing showing off the shape of her body. She is also 18 years old.


Rizzo is sassy, sarcastic, tough, and has a dark personality. Kenickie loves her, and as seen by inviting Sandy Olsson to the school bonfire party, reuniting Sandy and Danny Zuko, causing him to switch from the guy Sandy loved to a macho jerk in front of his T-Bird friends, who saw his happiness at seeing her again as someone who liked "old-fashioned" girls. She was also seen kicking Patty Simcox and Sandy In Summer Nights. Rizzo can get jealous sometimes; this is evident when she dances with Leo Balmudo while Kenickie danced with Charlene Digregorio. Upon learning that she might be pregnant, she emotionally cut all ties with Kenickie. However, immediately after, her smug expression saddened, as she realized that she'd pushed away the guy who actually loved her. Later, she revealed a softer side of herself. Sandy offered to help, but initially Rizzo balked at the offer. Seeing how mean she'd been to Sandy, who was purer than she herself was, she relented and thanked Sandy, both smiling gratefully. At the end of the school year, a carnival is held; Rizzo is seen on a Ferris wheel, revealing to Kenickie that she isn't pregnant. Thrilled with the news, they make up, kissing passionately, and Kenickie proposed, "If that's a line, ain't bitin'. / That's a bona fide offer."