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What the Hell Happened to Jennifer Grey?

Jennifer Grey - It's Like, You Know - 1999-2001

Jennifer Grey – It’s Like, You Know – 1999-2000

It’s Like, You Know… was created by former Seinfeld writer, Peter Mehlman.  According to Melman, he made a terrible mistake by allowing his show to air on ABC.  It’s Like You Know was produced by DreamWorks Television which was run by Jeffrey Katzenberg who had once been the protege of Disney CEO Michael Eisner.  Eisner and Katzenberg hated each other and Melman believes ABC treated the show poorly as a result.

Melman explained how Grey came to be involved:

I just loved the idea of having a real character that everybody knew. A real history. And Jennifer Grey, I was friends with, and she had a juicy enough past considering who she had dated, Dirty Dancing, and the nose job, and she was totally game to go along with it all. So she was kind of perfect. I told her if anything bothers you at all, just tell me and we’ll take it out. I didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable about anything, but she was totally game for everything.

Unfortunately, the show didn’t last long at ABC.  It started as a midseason replacement much to Melman’s chagrin.  Although it got picked up for a second season, ABC pulled the plug on It’s Like, You Know… with 6 episodes from season 2 unaired.  At the time, ABC was enjoying success with the reality show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire so they weren’t interested in a low-rated sitcom.  Melman believes if he had taken the show to Fox instead, it would have had a long and successful run.

Jennifer Grey - Bounce - 2000

Jennifer Grey – Bounce – 2000

After It’s Like, You Know… was cancelled, Grey had a supporting role in the big screen drama, Bounce.

Ben Affleck starred as an ad exec whose return flight is delayed by a snowstorm.  At the airport, he meets a writer played by Tony Goldwyn who is trying to get home to his family.  Affleck being the sweet guy he is (I think he may be Batman), offers Goldwyn his seat on the plane.  Grey appeared as Affleck’s friend who happened to work for the airline.  Tragically, the flight Affleck was supposed to be on crashes.  Gwyneth Paltrow costarred as Goldwyn’s widow.  Wracked with guilt, Affleck feels he must make amends.

Bounce received mixed reviews from critics.  It opened in fifth place at the box office behind The 6th Day.  Both films opened behind Charlie’s Angels which was in its third week in theaters.  Ultimately, Bounce grossed roughly $36 million dollars in the US which was about what it cost to make.

Jennifer Grey - Tales From the Crypt - Ritual - 2002

Jennifer Grey – Tales From the Crypt – Ritual – 2002

In 2002, Grey starred opposite Craig Sheffer and Tim Curry in the horror flick, Ritual.

Grey played a doctor who has recently had her medical license revoked.  With few job prospects, she travels to Jamaica to care for a young man who suffers from encephalitis.  Naturally she begins to develop feelings for her patient as all good doctors do.  Eventually, she begins to suspect that she and her patient are being targeted by a voodoo cult.

Originally, Ritual was intended to be the third installment in the Tales From the Crypt movie series.  But when the second movie, Bordello of Blood, bombed at the box office, plans for the third film were scrapped at Universal.  Miramax later purchased the rights to the movie from Universal and released it without the Tales From the Crypt name.

It turns out that the name wasn’t the problem.  Ritual was panned by the few critics who bothered reviewing it.  It was released in theaters in some foreign countries, but never received a theatrical release in the US.  When it was finally released on video, the Tales From the Crypt brand was restored.

Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg - 2001

Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg – 2001

After that, Grey took a substantial break from work.  In 2001, she married actor Clark Gregg, aka Agent Coulson from the Marvel movies and Agents of SHIELD TV show.  They tied the knot in July and welcomed a baby girl into their family in December.  So Grey took a few years to focus on her family.

Jennifer Grey - The Road to Christmas - 2006

Jennifer Grey – The Road to Christmas – 2006

Grey returned to acting in the 2006 Lifetime movie, The Road to Christmas.  Grey starred as a fashion photographer who gets stranded on her way to her holiday wedding in Aspen.  She ends up hitching a ride from a teacher played by her real life hubby, Clark Gregg.  It’s a Lifetime Christmas movie so I probably don’t have to draw you a picture.  It turns out Gregg is a serial killer and Grey has to fight for her life over the holidays.  No, wait.  That’s not right.

Jennifer Grey - John From Cincinnati - 2007

Jennifer Grey – John From Cincinnati – 2007

In 2007, Grey appeared in three episodes of the HBO series, John From Cincinnati.  The show focused on a family of surfers which is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious young man who hails from the ‘Nati.  The show starred Bruce Greenwood, Rebecca De Mornay, Brian Van Holt, Ed O’Neill, Luke Perry and Luis Guzman.  Grey appeared as the fiancee of a lawyer played by Willie Garson.

Next: Dancing With the Stars and Red Oaks

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Posted on September 9, 2015, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 69 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.

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    • 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!!

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • “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.

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

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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      • Jennifer Grey:
        https://www.datalounge.com/thread/9660009-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.

        —Anonymous

        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.

        —Anonymous

        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.

        —Anonymous

        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

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        • 15 Actors Who Live In The Shadows Of Their Parents

          http://screenrant.com/actors-who-live-in-shadows-of-their-parents/

          JOEL GREY AND JENNIFER GREY

          In the 1980s, Jennifer Grey was one of the biggest up-and-coming stars on the planet. She shot onto the scene with roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Red Dawn, but it wasn’t until 1987 when the actress rose to super stardom alongside Patrick Swayze in 1987’s Dirty Dancing, a film that became one of the biggest hits of the decade.

          However, Jennifer’s star began to fade shortly after Dirty Dancing. While the actress has worked steadily since then, she’s never fully been able to step out of the shadow of her father Joel Grey.

          With a career spanning five decades, Joel is most widely known for his work in Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, for which the actor took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

          While both father and daughter remain working well into their careers, Jennifer’s ’80s highlights still pale a bit in comparison to the acclaimed works of her father.

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  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!”)

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    • 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).

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  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?

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    • 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!!

      /sarcasm

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

    “Dirty Dancing had legs.”

    🙂

    Good article, as always.

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  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 siskelandebert.org? 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).

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  6. https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecinefiles/permalink/10153454206470795/?comment_id=10153455275315795&offset=0&total_comments=1&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

    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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  9. ICYMI: @JenniferGrey is high on more than just life in this exclusive preview of #RedOaks http://yhoo.it/1R1FJTn

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  10. Jennifer Grey just revealed a major Dirty Dancing secret: http://eonli.ne/1ZDXBd2

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

    http://tvline.com/2015/12/08/dirty-dancing-remake-abc-abigail-breslin-cast-baby/

    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.

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    • 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.

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  12. Name Some Of The Worst Hollywood Collapses

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/16524226-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.

    —Anonymous

    reply 204 Last Thursday at 7:55 PM

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    • 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.

      —Anonymous

      reply 214 Last Thursday at 8:17 PM

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  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.

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

    http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/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.

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

    http://uproxx.com/movies/save-jeanie-on-ferris-buellers-day-offs-30th-anniversary-a-tribute-to-the-misunderstood-mistreated-jeanie-bueller/

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  16. Five Once Popular Actresses Who Faded Away

    http://nostalgiarush.blogspot.com/2015/08/five-popular-actors-who-faded-away.html

    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.

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  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?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4321624/Jennifer-Grey-cries-Think-trailer.html

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  18. Nobody puts (the original) Baby in a corner! As ABC gets ready to premiere its controversial Dirty Dancing remake, FEMAIL reveals what happened to the cast of the 1987 movie

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4534538/Where-stars-Dirty-Dancing-now.html

    Baby Houseman – Jennifer Grey

    A year after playing the frustrated older sister in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off alongside her then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick, Jennifer starred in her most iconic role: 17-year-old Baby Houseman.

    She’d actually acted with Patrick once before, in 1984’s Red Dawn, though this film was a bigger success, earning Golden Globe nominations for both of them.

    Then, in 1989, Jennifer did something many actresses had done before her: She got a nose job. Rather than help her career, however, her new nose is often blamed for destroying it.
    ‘I went into the ­operating room a ­celebrity and came out anonymous,’ she said in 2012. ‘It was the nose job from hell. I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody ­recognize because of a nose job.’

    She did continue to work, though mostly in TV movies and barely-seen films. Her biggest post-Dirty Dancing roles were in the Amazon series Red Oaks and playing a version of herself in the short-lived sitcom It’s Like, You Know…

    In 2010, she came back to the spotlight when she was cast on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars. In a check-up before the show, she found out she had thyroid cancer — but she beat it in time to compete and win with Derek Hough.

    Cancer aside, she described the show experience as much tougher than learning to dance on the Dirty Dancing set.

    ‘This dance experience was so much more difficult. [On Dirty Dancing] I learned basically one dance over a one-and-a-half month shoot. This is a new dance every four days. It’s a completely different level of dancing, much more complicated, much more challenging,’ she said.

    Jennifer also has a husband Clark Gregg, whom she married in 2001, and a 14-year-old daughter named Stella.

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    • ABC ruined Dirty Dancing with a terrible remake. Twitter had the time of its life.

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/c4d27a06-0862-3011-8bb4-70057cce3d0c/abc-ruined-dirty-dancing-with.html

      Thus it was that ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing was the No. 1 worldwide Twitter trend Wednesday evening, as fans of the 1987 classic starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey came together to indulge in several hours of ridicule while the remake aired in the US. The remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’ is the most traumatizing thing I have witnessed since Election Night ’16.

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      • http://forums.previously.tv/topic/56272-dirty-dancing-2017-another-day-another-remake/?do=findComment&comment=3315518

        Jennifer Grey’s dancing wasn’t professional level but she was good; exactly like a girl taking lessons all summer with Johnny and Penny. And the professionals didn’t have to hold back with Jennifer like they did with Abigail.

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      • ABC’s Very Special Dirty Dancing Remake

        http://www.agonybooth.com/a-very-special-dirty-dancing-remake-56062

        So let’s try to be constructive in our criticism, because god knows this is some low-hanging fruit and the Twitterverse has already done its job. The one good thing this mess did was make it clearer than ever why Dirty Dancing (1987) was a breakout hit, even if the remake did this by systematically destroying everything that made it work. Hereafter, I will refer to the real movie as Dirty Dancing and the “remake” as TV Impostor ’17. Let’s examine what went wrong.

        Dirty Dancing tells a specific story. It hit on universal elements: falling in love for the first time, sexual awakening, coming of age. What it did not do was try to tell everyone’s story. Dirty Dancing is the story of a young woman’s summer of love in 1963–the year she went from being Baby to becoming Frances.

        The very first line–voiceover narration by Baby as a car is heading toward Kellerman’s–tells us about that year. She explicitly reminds us that it was both before the Kennedy assassination and the Beatles’ first appearance on American TV. Within the first minutes, we receive more information from dialogue that sounds natural even while it functions to further set the time period. When Baby is introduced to Neil, Max Kellerman’s grandson, her father mentions she’s going to join the Peace Corps after college. It’s said with pride, establishing not only her plans, but that she’s daddy’s girl. Neil tells her (which may be true, or maybe he’s trying to impress) that he’s going down south with the Freedom Riders. There are also references to the war in “Southeast Asia” scattered into the conversation.

        For some inexplicable reason, the TV remake is set in the summer of 1964. This is after Kennedy had been killed and the Beatles had taken America by storm. But that isn’t all. The war was heating up, and closer to home, three young Freedom Riders–one black, one a white Catholic, and one an East Coast New York Jew from a family similar to Baby’s–had been killed that June in the South. Their bodies wouldn’t be found ’til early August. The idea of the family blithely singing pop songs on the radio in the summer of 1964 is highly unlikely. The car radio would have been blasting news about that search or the investigation.

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    • I watched ‘Dirty Dancing’ for the first time and I have more questions than answers

      https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19433823-i-watched-dirty-dancing-for-the-first-time-and-i-have-more-questions-than-answers

      I love Dirty Dancing. I still think it’s very entertaining. For a lot of people who saw it in 1987, it conjures up a lot of feel-good nostalgia when they think back to the movie and the soundtrack.

      When the film came out in the summer of 1987, it came out at the perfect time. Near the end of summer (just like the film) and it was a surprise hit (especially for Vestron Pictures).

      I disagree the acting is bad. I think Grey, Swayze and Rhodes are all very good. Grey is particularly strong and relatable and carries the movie. Swayze’s dancing is fantastic, and I’m even more impressed watching him now. When I saw Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land, their dancing was laughable. You could see them counting the steps in their head. Swayze was effortless. And he was sexy. Rhodes was also a dynamic dancer (with a promising acting career before she retired and married Richard Marx and is now divorced).

      The opening credits accompanied by The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” are some of my favourite opening credits ever. Whenever I hear the opening bars of Be My Baby, I always think of this movie. In fact, all the music is terrific. Whoever picked the music did a great job because you have everything from Otis Redding to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to The Drifters. The ’80s songs blended in seamlessly.

      The chemistry between Swayze and Grey was palpable and is one of the reasons why this movie works so well and why it remains popular.

      —Lisa Houseman

      reply 52 Last Saturday at 11:36 PM

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    • Why Dirty Dancing would never be made today

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/31/dirty-dancing-never-made-today-abortion-religion-class-hollywood

      30 years ago the film addressed abortion, religion and class in a way that 21st-century Hollywood would never dare.

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  19. She lost the spotlight because she got a nose job and no one recognized her anymore. She looked very average after the nose job. Not sure why you needed to write a novel and then not focus on the main reason she went into obscurity.

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    • “She got a nose job” doesn’t make for much of an article. It’s not like the article skips over her plastic surgery. It’s covered along with the rest of her career. But thanks for reading.

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      • There’s also the tragic car accident that Jennifer Grey was involved in with Matthew Broderick in Ireland that lead to two people getting killed. There’s no question that an incident like that would’ve negatively impacted her career on its own.

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        • At the time, I had no idea about the car accident that Grey & Broderick had (something like that could effectively end a relationship, since things can then change between the couple), and I didn’t even know that they were ever in a relationship until I read this article.

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        • I wasn’t aware of any of this either as it was happening. Grey and Broderick were secretive about their relationship and the accident. It was easier to bury these things in the pre-Internet days.

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        • Fame offers absolutely no privacy nowadays, although it seems some people like it that way, especially those reality show types.

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        • Yep. It’s almost as if there are reasons the WTHH articles aren’t one sentence long. 😉

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        • Too long, not enough content…you (using “You” as a universal word here) just can’t please people at times.

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        • That is for certain. That’s one of the reasons why I have taken a step back from WTHH. I wanted to clear my head and reevaluate what the series should be. No matter what I do, it won’t please everybody. So I’m just going to try to write the series the way I think it should be written going forward. It’s all you can do.

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    • Re: Artists Who RUINED Their Careers In a Matter Of Seconds

      http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/1186372-Artists-Who-RUINED-Their-Careers-In-a-Matter-Of-Seconds?p=31227398&viewfull=1#post31227398

      Jennifer Grey getting a nose job after her success in Dirty Dancing. She was unrecognizable to me.

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      • 15 Actors Who Are Only Famous Because Of One Role

        http://screenrant.com/actors-only-famous-because-one-role/

        JENNIFER GREY (BABY HOUSEMEN)

        We all had the time of our lives with Jennifer Grey when we watched her performance that made her career as Baby Housemen in Dirty Dancing, but since her dancing days, she hasn’t been able to land many roles in the television or movie industry.

        Despite earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for her Dirty Dancing performance, Grey hasn’t been cast in many movies or TV series that could differentiate herself from her character as Baby.

        However, she taken up many voice-acting parts for movies such as Mrs. Kurokawa in The Wind Rises and Louisa Patel, Mrs. Pierpoint, and several other voices in Phineas and Ferb, but, unfortunately, one can’t rely on voice acting for recognition.

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    • http://screenrant.com/actors-who-regret-getting-plastic-surgery/

      Jennifer Grey was incredibly recognizable in the ’80s. She portrayed Baby in Dirty Dancing, Jeanie Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Toni in Red Dawn. She also won Dancing with the Stars.

      In 1989, Grey decided to have her nose done. She felt that her nose was very different from most other peoples’ noses and she wanted it to be less noticeable and make less of a statement. However, she realized soon after that her nose was what made her special and unique.

      “It was the nose job from hell,” she claimed. “I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody ­recognizes because of a nose job.”

      After her nose surgery, Grey started receiving less major rolls. She fell from being an up and comer to being a B-list actress. She blames her nose job because she went from being a noticeable star to looking just like everybody else.

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