Grease “curse” invoked for Olivia’s house nightmare

Recall a few weeks ago that Rosie O’Donnell backed out of the purchase of Olivia Newton-John’s Florida home. This was after a ritual took place supposedly to cleanse the place after the builder doing the renovations, Christopher Pariseletti, committed suicide IN the house. Well, the beat goes on.

EXCLUSIVE: Grease star Olivia Newton-John hires priest to perform home exorcism | Showbiz | News | Daily Express.

The Grease star flew in a Catholic priest to cast out the victim’s spirit in a bid to reassure potential buyers that the £4.5million property wasn’t haunted.

The singer, her husband and two friends attended the spiritual cleansing last week during which prayers were said and holy water sprinkled around the rooms.

It’s not clear if this is a different “spiritual cleansing” as the one that took place in order to try to close the deal with O’Donnell. The timing does not match up so this could be a second event or questionable facts.

It is mentioned that Pariseletti was in financial difficulty with his business and this article says that “friends” said he asked Newton-John for a loan. She said no. And the piece speculates his death in the house was deliberate to make it difficult to sell. Those are some pretty serious allegations.

The article also reveals something I was not aware of – the Grease “curse”. Newton-John suffered health and personal problems, other cast members have also had serious health and family issues such as Jeff Conaway and John Travolta. But it’s rather absurd to say it’s a “curse”. Health problems happen for many and various reasons. Sure, a few cast members have dies. That’s not unexpected or unusual. Now, whenever a death befalls a former cast member, it is linked to “the curse”. Guess what? They are getting old! Life grows tenuous and trouble happens. The only pattern is that we have lumped these incidents together ourselves. All in all, many of the stars of Grease went on to have excellent careers.

UPDATE: 29-May 2015 This house has been taken off the market. It won’t sell.

  5 comments for “Grease “curse” invoked for Olivia’s house nightmare

  1. Chris Howard
    September 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I thought that the grease curse was heart disease?

    This doesn’t surprise me. So many actors, musicians, and other creative types tend to be really superstitious.

    Shirley McClain, break a leg, and The Scottish play all come to mind.

  2. September 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    No Chris, the real Grease curse is stopped up plumbing – a toilet volcano is terrifying!

    “And the piece speculates his death in the house was deliberate to make it difficult to sell. Those are some pretty serious allegations.”

    Serious but nasty-effective if true and it not as though he had to worry about payback.

  3. September 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Suicide is often a poorly thought out act of vengeance. I doubt he considered the housing prices, though.

  4. September 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    It should be obvious the Grease Curse is real. We’re still cursed with John Travolta and his goofy religion.

  5. September 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    The headline of the article bothers me. One cannot “hire” a Roman Catholic priest. That would be simony. There’s no way to tell if the headline writer got it wrong or if a priest of another religion (or an ex-Catholic priest) was hired.

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