What the Hell Happened to Jennifer Grey?

Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Grey - The Cotton Club - 1984

Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Grey – The Cotton Club – 1984

Next, Grey had a supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola’s period drama, The Cotton Club.

The movie was set at the famous Harlem night club in the 1930’s.  Richard Gere starred as a talented musician who gets involved with the mob in order to advance his career.  He ends up romantically involved the with an aspiring film star played by Diane Lane.  She also happens to be the girlfriend of real life gangster Dutch Schultz played here by James Remar.  Nicolas Cage played Gere’s brother, a gangster rising up the ranks of the mob.  Grey appeared as his disapproving wife.  Gregory Hines and Bob Hoskins co-starred.

The production was already in trouble before producer Robert Evans hired Coppola to direct.  Evans, who had also produced The Godfather, had a script by Mario Puzo.  The Cotton Club reunited the writer, director and producer of the first two Godfather films on another period drama.  Expectations were understandably set high.

Coppola insisted on rewriting Puzo’s screenplay and brought in his own crew.  The already high budget escalated to nearly 60 million which was very high for the time.  When The Cotton Club was released, it got mixed to positive reviews.  But it grossed less than half of its budget.

Jennifer Grey - American Flyers - 1985

Jennifer Grey – American Flyers – 1985

Grey appeared briefly in the 1985 sports drama, American Flyers.  Kevin Costner and David Marshall Grant starred as two competitive brothers who have unresolved issues after the death of their father.  When Costner’s character returns home for a visit, he tries to set his brother up with Grey.  But the dinner doesn’t go well.  Grey winds up leaving in tears as she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a sibling rivalry.  Costner and Grant end up healing their relationship by training together for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains.  Rae Dawn Chong and Alexandra Paul co-starred.

Jennifer Grey - ABC Afterschool Special: Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale - 1985

Jennifer Grey – ABC Afterschool Special: Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale – 1985

Later that year, Grey appeared in her second ABC Afterschool Special.  Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale was an 80’s retelling of the Cinderella story with a young Kyra Sedgwick starring as a teen who doesn’t get along with her new step-family.  Grey and Kelly Wolf played her catty step-sisters and Grant Show played her handsome crush.  Pearl Bailey played the pivotal of the fairy godmother, only in this version she is an encouraging homeless woman with a metal pan for a hat.

Jennifer Grey - Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 1986

Jennifer Grey – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1986

In 1986, Grey had a small role in a big movie.  She played Matthew Broderick‘s jealous little sister in John Hughes’ comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Broderick played a brilliant, charming high school student who used his gifts to skip class with his friends.  Jeffrey Jones played his nemesis, the school principal who is determined to bring Ferris down whatever it takes.  Grey’s character was insanely jealous of her older brother and wanted to see him get caught until she is set straight by a seemingly strung-out delinquent played by Charlie Sheen.

Sheen owes his involvement in the classic comedy to his former Red Dawn co-star.  Grey recommended Sheen for the part after having worked with him on Red Dawn.  Sheen was filming Lucas at the time so his entire part in Ferris Bueller was filmed during one of his day’s off from Lucas.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off got positive reviews and was a hit at the box office.  You probably think it took first place at the box office when it opened.  Admit it.  You thought Ferris Bueller was a big movie that opened at #1.  Not so.  It finished in second place behind Back to School.  In fact, Ferris Bueller never held the top spot.  But, it probably went on to out-gross Back to School, right?  Nope.  The Rodney Dangerfield comedy went on to gross over $90 million dollars whereas Ferris Bueller grossed about $70 million.

However, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off accomplished something relative few movies do.  It saturated pop culture which is why the odds are you think it was a bigger hit than it actually was.  While other movies, like Back to School, were more popular at the time, Ferris Bueller has stood the test of time.

For years afterwards, Hughes and Broderick talked about making a Ferris Bueller sequel.  But it never came to pass.  In 1990, the film was adapted into a short-lived TV show starring Charlie Schlatter as Ferris and Jennifer Aniston as in Grey’s role.  But the humor of the movie didn’t translate to the small screen and the show was cancelled after one season.

Despite playing siblings in the movie, Broderick and Grey began secretly seeing each other.

Jennifer Grey - The Equalizer - 1986

Jennifer Grey – The Equalizer – 1986

Later that year, Grey appeared in an episode of the TV drama, The Equalizer.  Edward Woodward starred as a retired intelligence agent turned private detective.  In this episode, he offers to protect Grey from would-be killers.  Grey’s mother has just been killed and Woodward believes that she was not the killer’s intended victim.

Jennifer Grey - Dirty Dancing - 1987

Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing – 1987

Then, in 1987, Dirty Dancing happened.  The little movie about a girl who has the time of her life on vacation in the Catskills made Grey a household name.

Grey played Baby, the youngest of two daughters in an affluent Jewish family.  In the summer of 1963, her family goes on vacation at Kellerman’s where she meets a working-class dance instructor played by Patrick Swayze.  They come from different worlds, but through the power of dance and a best-selling soundtrack, they find love while practicing for the talent show.

Don’t act like you haven’t seen it because I know you have.

What?  I did not just tear up watching the trailer.  I have something in my eye.  And allergies.  I get allergies real bad this time of year.  Anyway…

Director Emile Ardolino wanted to cast dancers in the leading roles so he wouldn’t have to rely on stand-ins.  He cast Grey because she had a background in dancing as well as acting.  Billy Zane was strongly considered for the part of the dance instructor.  But the dancing tests with Zane and Grey were disappointing.  Val Kilmer was offered the lead, but he wasn’t interested.

Their next choice was Patrick Swayze whom Grey had co-starred with in Red Dawn.  Grey initially objected to the casting of Swayze as her co-star because they she didn’t like him after they fought while making Red Dawn.  Ardolino tested Swayze dancing with Grey and noticed their chemistry immediately.  Screen-writer and producer, Eleanor Bergstein, described the test footage as “breathtaking”.

Next: More Dirty Dancing


Posted on September 9, 2015, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. I think the most surprising thing to me is that she’s married to Clark Gregg. I had no idea! I kept expecting the update that they divorced or something, so I’m happy to see they are still together.

    As for her career, she probably is just about the only person in Hollywood history to become arguably better looking after plastic surgery but have their career hurt by it. Anyway, I’m glad to see she is still working. While it is a lot of lower profile projects, it is good to see that she hasn’t sunk to doing nothing but a steady stream of absolute dreck like some WTHH stars have done.


    • She is still married to Gregg and I’m expecting to see her on Agents of SHIELD sooner rather than later. Make it happen, Marvel!

      Grey’s career didn’t turn out the way she expected. But it’s not bad at all. I’m definitely looking forward to Red Oaks. The reviews for the pilot episode were quite good.

      I suspect that some of her frustration with her career comes from the idea that had things gone differently (no accident, no nose job) she would have been a big star. And I question that. The truth is, unless she followed up Dirty Dancing with another big hit, I don’t think her career would have been all that different. She probably would have made a few more movies, but how many of them would have been memorable? Obviously, we’ll never know what might have been there. But I’m guessing her nose job didn’t cost her as many big roles as she probably thinks it did.

      I am very glad that Grey got the medical attention she needed and is apparently in good health today. Nothing is more important than that.

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      • Not a big fan of Dirty Dancing or how crazy popular it was then. On board with Ebert’s review. 🙂 And even though I eat up every fluff romcom out there, never viewed the whole movie from start to finish. It was just too cheesy even for RB. Decent soundtrack, though, in fact better than a similar style soundtrack/hit song from Flashdance, the movie from which I’m convinced DD was inspired by.
        (She’s A) Maniac….. would the parens have gotten a Grammy?
        Still, after some life threatening setbacks, agreed totally that regained health is infinitely more important than trying to be A list somebody. I also don’t think she would have had much longevity anyway, as an A list actress, regardless. Her role in Ferris was minor, I remember Mia Sara getting more attention. Swayze’s comments about how Grey excelled at being this “in the moment” actress, you can see that on screen, but she also isn’t an actress with great range. She’s fun and quirky. It works well on TV, where I didn’t know she has continued to work more or less steadily.
        Lebeau you are not the only one who didn’t even realize that was Grey on “Friends.”
        Agreed, plastic surgery likely didn’t keep her from getting roles, although oddly it may have compromised her unique-ness after DD. There’s a reason she was unrecognizable: she changed her whole face. She’s had that nose done several times, I would guess, and a lot of other facial work too. Don’t get me wrong: it was very good quality work, She has one hell of a good surgeon.
        And, true to form, there is always that moment in a WTHH article when I am reminded of That Movie I Always Meant to See But Forgot To. In this case, it’s “Cotton Club.” I’ve wanted to see this one for the musical sequences/mood alone!
        Back on the list it goes!!


        • I wouldn’t necessarily say that Flashdance inspired Dirty Dancing. From what I read, the only inspiration that the creative team took from Flashdance was that they they didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of casting actors who couldn’t dance and relying on stand-ins. Writer Eleanor Bergstein based Dirty Dancing on her own experiences. Her previous screenplay, It’s My Turn, had included an erotic dance scene which was ultimately cut. So Bergstein said she set out to make dirty dancing integral to her next script so that it could not be excised. Flashdance definitely raised the profile of dance movies in the 80s. But I don’t think Dirty Dancing was in any way a clone or rip-off of the earlier movie.

          I remember seeing Dirty Dancing at the theater very late in its run. The summer was almost over and I was shooting a TV show with some friends. When we were done, one of the guys insisted that we all go see Dirty Dancing with him. He had seen it dozens of times over the summer and none of us had bothered. He worked at the theater, so he promised to get us all in for free. That sealed the deal. Free movie? Don’t care what it is, I was in. When he got us the tickets, the cashier sighed “Again?” Apparently he really had seen it a lot.

          I had no interest in seeing the movie and no expectations of enjoying it. But I was still young enough to get totally caught up in it. I didn’t even see it as cheesy – which it obviously is. I didn’t fall in love with it like my friend did, but yeah I liked Dirty Dancing. I really didn’t watch it again for years and years. I don’t know if I have ever sat down and rewatched it from start to finish and I’m not about to do so any time soon. Because as you said, it’s a gooey cheesefest.

          I remember my mom getting into the Dirty Dancing craze. I don’t think she saw the movie because they never saw movies. But she watched the TV show once and bought both of the soundtracks. It was weird to me that so many women my mom’s age were so into Dirty Dancing and Patrick Swayze.

          There is definitely a lesson to be learned from Grey’s plastic surgery. Even she admits she lost what made her distinctive in the first place. After that, she was another pretty face.

          I watched some of The Cotton Club for this. But I still haven’t sat down and watched the whole thing. It is also on my list of things to do. I’ll be sure to do it before WTHH to Diane Lane.


        • My mom loved Dirty Dancing. Partly because of the fact that Patrick Swayze was one of her celeb crushes. Partly because she was a fan of chick flicky stuff. So I watched it with her a lot of times when I was 10-12. My cousin also loved it and I remember dancing to the soundtrack to it at her house around Christmas 1988.

          DD is far from great cinema. But I prefer it over stuff like High School Musical or a lot of the bubblegum stuff that’s out there these days. A lot of those 80s pop movies (DD, Flashdance, Footloose, Karate Kid etc) have more edge than their VH1 staple status would indicate. A lot of people remember the musical montages. It’s easy to forget about things like the abortion subplot in Dirty Dancing.

          Of those movies I mentioned above, two have been remade, one hasn’t been but will likely be at some point and one is supposedly in the process of being remade. That last one is of course Dirty dancing. A while back, after watching the Footloose remake (which was unnecessary but not embarrassing), I reflected that if I ended up directing that Dirty dancing remake, here’s how I’d do it.

          1: I would set it in 1988-89. That would enable me to fit in “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes”.

          2: The story would involve a teenage girl who moves with her father and brothers and sisters to New York after her mother dies. Remembering that the original began with The Four Seasons playing on the soundtrack. This would begin the same way. The girl’s musical knowledge is mainly oldies because that what she listens to because her father likes it.

          3: At her new high school she meets a black boy and he introduces her to hip-hop dancing. Here’s where the dirty dancing comes in. Of course her father does not approve of her romance with him. From there, we follow the basic plot of the original.

          Of course, I would much rather script and direct original movies. But if I were in the position where I had to helm the DD remake, that’s how I would do it. Craft it in a way that’s respectful to the spirit of it yet still enable me to make it my own and put my own stamp on it.


        • Dirty Dancing was lightning in a bottle. You can’t recreate it. Mostly, the movie worked because of the chemistry. It also had the right songs at the right time. The odds of those elements all coming together again are slim whether you call it Dirty Dancing or not. That’s why I think you’re better off leaving it alone and trying to make your own dance movie if that’s what you want to do. But more and more, that is not the thinking in Hollywood. They want a recognizable name as a form of insurance.


        • “Dirty Dancing was lightning in a bottle. You can’t recreate it.”

          A point that could be made about any number of successful films that have spawned cycles of increasingly lousy sequels.


        • It’s true. Doesn’t stop Hollywood from trying.


      • Yeah it was lightning in a bottle. I’d much rather come up with something original. But if I were in the position where the only movie I could make was the Dirty Dancing remake that’s how I would do it. At the same time, I would argue that the failure of the Fame and Footloose remakes should show why remaking 80s movies isn’t that successful. Most people who go to movies have at least some familiarity with the originals. They aren’t in a foreign language or in black and white.

        In actuality I do have an idea for a dance movie that’s original. It’s kind of a cross between Save The Last Dance and They Shoot Horses Don’t They, set in 2008 against the backdrop of the economic crash.


        • Gotcha.

          That’s a tough one. If I HAD to make a Dirty Dancing remake, I don’t know what I would do. I’d want to keep it in the same time frame, but I’m not sure young people today would be able to relate. My main concern would be finding the right lead couple; dancers who could act and had amazing chemistry. If you can pull that off, I think you win. The script for Dirty Dancing almost didn’t matter.


        • And I found out the planned Dirty dancing remake has been cancelled. Hallelujah for now although I’m sure it will come back at some point. If I were naive I’d say maybe the money that would’ve gone to it can go to something original. But I’m not naive about Hollywood.


      • Jennifer Grey:

        I think between scandal and guilt (and probably knowing Broderick was more at fault than he admitted), she just didn’t have her heart in it. Her “early retirement” probably wasn’t entirely her idea, but in retrospect she might be very grateful for it.


        reply 30 9/22/2010

        In regards to her career, I think her performance in Dirty Dancing put her in a leading lady category when, in fact, she was more of a decent character actress. Dirty Dancing is actually a coming of age story not a rom com so how was she ever going to follow that up? She should’ve kept her nose and worked as a character actress. We should’ve seen more of her.


        reply 19 09/23/2010

        Broderick never really recovered from the accident either. He was really fast-tracked to be a major star before the accident; after it, he settled into character parts, did Broadway, gained weight. I don’t think he’s ever been quite the same.


        reply 30 09/23/2010

        I remember when Dirty Dancing was released. Every review linked ‘Jennifer Grey’ with ‘Jewish’. It had to be difficult for her to be so closely related to her religion.

        Her father was (inappropriately) associated with a single role and it looked like she was headed for the same fate. The difference is her father was never identified as ‘Jewish cabaret emcee’.

        She was the poster child for ‘Jewish can be pretty too’ and she was quite young and unprepared for the media branding.

        The only way she could be ‘one of the pretty girls’ was to de-semitize herself. She’s regretted it ever since. She’s actually a lovely person – not nearly as frail and emotionally vulnerable as portrayed.

        —a friend of a friend

        reply 45 09/24/2010


  2. Another great article!

    “Don’t act like you haven’t seen it because I know you have.”

    I’m in my mid 20s and literally just watched this movie for the first time a couple of days ago because a coworker was giving me crap about not having seen it. It’s not really my type of movie, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, though I doubt I’ll be rewatching it.

    I wasn’t really familiar with Jennifer Grey before reading this article. I knew Broderick caused a fatal car crash in Ireland and his passenger was an actress, but I never put two and two together with who was with him.

    And since everybody else is weighing in on it: I may be in the minority, but I have to say I like her pre-nose surgery better, She had a great surgeon and she looks more conventionally attractive now, but I thought she was still cute beforehand. (Confession: I’m half-Jewish and anytime nose jobs come up, all I can think of is the discussion about it in A Serous Man: “Nobody in this house is getting a nose job!”)


    • Thanks, Zella. Glad you enjoyed it

      I’m with you. I thought Grey was cuter and more memorable with her original nose.

      Honestly, for someone in their 20’s, I wouldn’t necessarily expect you to have seen Dirty Dancing. It’s not Citizen Kane or anything. Like you say, it’s a charming movie that’s more entertaining than you expect it to be largely due to the chemistry between Grey and Swayze. But there are probably a thousand movies I would recommend seeing before tracking down Dirty Dancing.

      Watching the clips for this article was enough of a nostalgia trip for me. I don’t need to actually go back and rewatch the whole thing.

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    • I found her more attractive with her natural nose as well. I like strong, unique features, and while the surgically altered one doesn’t look bad per se, it doesn’t really seem to fit her face. Her natural nose also set her apart; without it, she’s just kind of generically attractive in a bland sort of way, good looking but not enough to compete with more striking contemporaries. Different looks can work in an actress’s favor when she has the confidence to embrace them and the talent to back them up. In general, dramatically changing your appearance once you’re already known in Hollywood is just a bad idea; plastic surgery for actors is helpful ONLY to maintain the same look as you age. The face people know is the one they pay to see. So far, well-known actresses who’ve had procedures that noticeably changed their features have all experienced a career nose-dive (no pun intended).


  3. I can’t actually claim to have seen Dirty Dancing. It would be more accurate to say that it was on in the room while I was busy with something else. HEY-Yo!!

    “(I had) The Time of My Life” was one of those 80s songs that was initially kind of fun and catchy, but quickly wore out its welcome with me. I can remember constantly being forced to change the radio station because it was getting played yet again.

    Grey’s nose job was not something I was aware of until she was playing herself in a TV sitcom. I will register my vote along with you and Zela that she was cuter before (though she is still a very attractive lady).

    There aren’t really any Marvel characters she’s particularly suited for…Squirrel Girl maybe?


    • For Agents of SHEILD, I’m thinking dance instructor and long lost love of Agent Coulson. She can be killed off as needed.

      I had you pegged for a Dirty Dancing fan. Swayze posters on the wall and everything. I feel like I don’t know you at all!!


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  4. And lebeau wins Best Double Entendre for September with the following:

    “Dirty Dancing had legs.”


    Good article, as always.


  5. Ah, “Dirtty Dancing”. Yeah, I owned the soundtrack for years before losing it in a move (not a dirty dance); I was all about Eric Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes” (though I may like his “Make me Lose Control” better) and Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like The Wind”. But long before that, in my 4th grade class, was this girl named Jen who talked nonstop about “Dirty Dancing” (haven’t viewed it in it’s entirety since it aired constantly on HBO in 1988).
    In the case of Jennifer Grey, I’m glad she had the health and life saving surgeries. I’ve never had much use for “Dancing With The Stars”, but it’s amazing how taking that physical for that show was exactly what she needed in her life.
    I think it’s true that Matthew Modine has never really moved the meter as an actor, but I sure do like “Vision Quest” (just viewed a bit of it earlier; now I can’t get Madonna’s song “Gambler” out of my head).
    Hey Lebeau, I have two questions: for Siskel & Ebert clips, do you use the website I love that site; according to my stats, I viewed 446 videos on the site (whoa). Last question: you’re still mulling over a Diane lane write-up then?
    Speaking of articles, I really have to finish up the Ally Sheedy (I’m deep in there, but not quite done).


    • I found this Siskel and Ebert clip floating around on the internet in an unusual place. I don’t remember where.

      Diane Lane will show up here eventually. Probably not soon, but eventually. Until then, she makes a lot of cameo appearances in other people’s articles.


      • Apparently she does, and it kinda cracks me up. She’s like this website’s National Anthem when it comes to “What The hell Happened To…” articles. In truth though, she’s worked with a lot of performers. Heck, my neighbors recently had a yard sale (not much success I guess), so they gave me their VHS collection they tried to sell. Along with a “Star Wars” trilogy set (it’s the gold one, not the 1995 awesome blue one. No matter, SOMEONE should’ve bought it) I received the “Lonesome Dove” collection. Including Diane Lane, Robert Duvall, and Tommy Lee Jones, that mini-series is loaded with performers.



    I think part of her appeal to both audiences and Hollywood alike in the mid to late 80s was the fact she looked like a younger, cuter and, ultimately, sexier version of Barbara Streisand. Once she lost that nose, that subconscious familiarity disappeared as well.


    • Wow, I never thought of Jennifer Grey as a sexier Barbara Streisand back in the 1980’s, but now that it is mentioned, yeah, I can kind of see it.


  7. Hello,
    she seems like a nice person, I think that persona has also kept her, not on the A-List, but always in fame’s orbit. Like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she might eventually find a future in sit-coms. And I also agree that she would probably never have become as a big a star as she might have hoped. But maybe she could have been someone like Jamie Lee-Curtis.


    • Julia L-D is a good example. She is a comedy standout with a unique screen presence, and it’s worked exceptionally well on TV. Hell she was great on SNL before that.


  8. I too doubt how much Grey could have capitalized on her sudden fame post-Dirty Dancing even without the accident and nose job. Keep in mind that despite being 27 when she filmed Dirty Dancing she had to that point spent her career portraying teenage girls. Fast approaching 30 by that point she simply could not have continued playing teens for much longer, and her youthful cuteness may have prevented her from being accepted in more adult, mature roles in films anyway. Grey’s prospects may have been limited regardless, but again we will never know for sure, she could have surprised in something if given the chance.


  9. ICYMI: @JenniferGrey is high on more than just life in this exclusive preview of #RedOaks


  10. Jennifer Grey just revealed a major Dirty Dancing secret:


  11. ABC is poised to remake Dirty Dancing, starring Abigail Breslin

    ABC is close to greenlighting a three-hour TV movie based on the 1987 classic Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey film. Scream Queens vet Breslin is set to play Baby, but the project is contingent on the casting of the male lead.


    • Giving allowances for commercial breaks, that would be about 2 hours & 20 minutes. That a lot of dirty dancing. Well, it could be someone’s time of their life, though I think that length is overdoing it.


  12. Name Some Of The Worst Hollywood Collapses

    Grey had the misfortune of having a tragedy happen just as her big break was about to happen. In early August 1987, she and boyfriend Matthew Broderick (they’d met on FERRIS BUELLER two years prior) were vacationing in Ireland, when Broderick drove on the right side of the road (instead of the left, as is customary there) and ended up crashing head on into another car, killing the mother and daughter. Needless to say, they got bad press and Broderick and Grey split up shortly after. Then, two weeks later, DIRTY DANCING opened to good reviews and became a smash hit, but Grey said that she had survivor’s guilt due to the crash and wasn’t able to enjoy her success.


    reply 204 Last Thursday at 7:55 PM


    • No talent killed Jennifer Grey’s career. Anyody could have played the bitchy sister in “Ferris Bueller” and people went to see “Dirty Dancing” because Patrick Swayze was at the height of his hotness.

      I bet in 20 years Jennifer writes a book about how Emile Ardolino tried to cut her out of the movie.


      reply 214 Last Thursday at 8:17 PM


  13. What celebrity’s career never recovered after a controversial incident?

    Yeah, I think people wanted to cast Jennifer Grey, and she changed her face so drastically that she wasn’t even recognizable anymore. She was so famous after “Dirty Dancing” and her look was so distinctive that after the surgery, she may as well have been a different person. It’s kind of sad, because I did think she was a good actress, and she was beautiful (IMO) either way.


  14. DWTS Comeback: 11 Stars Who Regained Popularity After The Show

    Jennifer Grey

    No matter what has happened in her career since, Jennifer Grey will always be defined by her role as Frances “Baby” Houseman in 1987’s Dirty Dancing. After undergoing two plastic surgeries on her nose, the change negatively affected her career and aside from small roles on different television shows it wasn’t until season eleven of Dancing With the Stars was she buzzed about again. It may have been her smartest career move yet, because of course it realigned her with her Dirty Dancing glory days. Fans of the movie both young and old tuned in to see what kind of talent she brought to the table, and they were not disappointed. Grey was the talk and the drama of the entire season, eventually leading to her win with Derek Hough thanks to the major fan support she reignited. Her career didn’t necessarily take off afterwards, but for the first time in 23 years people were buzzing about Jennifer Grey once again.


  15. Save Jeanie: On ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’s’ 30th Anniversary, A Tribute To The Misunderstood, Mistreated Jeanie Bueller


  16. Five Once Popular Actresses Who Faded Away

    Jennifer Grey

    Ah yes, she could be the poster child for actor’s who had it all and then watched it fade away. The worst part is why her career fizzled. She was a huge name when she appeared in Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller. She was awesome in both movies! Then she had plastic surgery. To be fair, she did kind of have a big nose. And it is true that she needed the surgery, it wasn’t just cosmetic. However, the surgery made her unrecognizable. I mean literally, she just didn’t look the same awesome girl we loved in the 80’s. She looks great, and is really awesome, but the work dried up. Even she acknowledged she went into surgery famous and came out a total unknown. She still works, and was recently on Dancing with the Stars, but man is she an example of brightest star in the sky one minute, totally forgotten the next.


  17. ‘How could they not even know her name?’ Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey breaks down into tears as she learns of tragic ancestry on Who Do You Think You Are?


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