Jennifer Grey

Actor, Dancer
A versatile and personable screen performer who could transition easily from broad comedy to serious drama, actress Jennifer Grey's career was unfortunately encompassed - and eclipsed - by a single film, the 1987 ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1960 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Phineas and Ferb 2008 - 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

In Your Eyes 2013 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

The Wind Rises 2013 (Movie)

Mrs. Kurokawa (Voice)

Bling Ring 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Like, You Know... 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mortified Sessions 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Keith 2008 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

LucyWeiss (Actor)

John from Cincinnati 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ritual 2005 (Movie)

Dr Eve Kent (Actor)

Dirty Dancing: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bounce 2000 (Movie)

Janice Guerrero (Actor)

25th International Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Outrage 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Meat 1998 (Movie)

Candace (Actor)

Since You've Been Gone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lover's Knot 1996 (Movie)

Megan Forrester (Actor)

Portraits of a Killer 1996 (Movie)

Elaine Taylor (Actor)

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wind 1992 (Movie)

Kate Bass (Actor)

Stroke of Midnight 1990 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Lovey Lou (Actor)

Light Years 1988 (Movie)

of Airelle (Voice)

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Dancing 1987 (Movie)

Baby Houseman (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Jeanie Bueller (Actor)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

Cathy Bennario (Actor)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Toni (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Patsy Dwyer (Actor)

A Case For Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Eyes of a Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The West Side Waltz (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A versatile and personable screen performer who could transition easily from broad comedy to serious drama, actress Jennifer Grey's career was unfortunately encompassed - and eclipsed - by a single film, the 1987 coming-of-age movie "Dirty Dancing. " Her character, Frances "Baby" Houseman, became the idol of millions of teenage girls in the late summer of that year; a shy, pampered city girl who learned to spread her wings and find joy and romance through dancing with her handsome, older "bad boy" instructor (Patrick Swayze). Like so many relative unknowns who found fame early in their careers, Grey struggled to overcome the lingering image of Baby. A botched nose job in the early 1990s made matters worse by rendering her virtually unrecognizable from her most famous role. She worked sporadically in the years that followed, often doing fine work for notable directors, but for many viewers, she remained that teenage girl, blossoming so spectacularly, in the arms of the man she loved in "Dirty Dancing."

Relationships

William Baldwin Actor

Companion
Previously dated No longer together

Matthew Broderick Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) Were briefly engaged in 1986 Grey was a passenger in the car Broderick was driving, which caused a fatal collision while they were vacationing in Northern Ireland in 1987

Johnny Depp Actor

Companion
Dated from 1988-89; were briefly engaged before they split

Clark Gregg Actor

Husband
Married July 21, 2001 co-starred together in the 2006 Lifetime movie "Road to Christmas" with Grey

Stella Gregg

Daughter
Born December 4, 2001 father, Clark Gregg

Joel Grey Actor

Father
Oscar-winner for his supporting role in "Cabaret" (1972)

James Grey

Brother

Mickey Katz Actor

Grandfather
Was an American comedian and musician who specialized in Jewish humor

Liam Neeson Actor

Companion
Briefly dated

George Stephanopoulos Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 1992 No longer together

Jo Wilder

Mother
Married to Joel Grey from 1958-1982

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

Dalton School

New York , New York 1978
graduated

Milestones

2010

Joined the 11th season of "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC) as a contestant

2007

Guest-starred on the HBO series, "John from Cincinnati"

2000

Cast in a supporting role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck in "Bounce"

1999

Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom "It's Like, You Know..." (ABC) portraying a variation of herself, a struggling actress named Jennifer Grey

1995

Appeared in memorable episode of "Friends" (NBC) as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) former best friend

1995

Starred with Shirley MacLaine and Liza Minnelli in "The West Side Waltz" (CBS)

1993

Made Broadway debut in "Twilight of the Golds"

1992

Co-starred with Matthew Modine in "Wind"

1990

Made TV-movie debut in "Murder in Mississippi" (NBC)

1987

Landed first leading role, playing Frances "Baby" Houseman in "Dirty Dancing," opposite Swayze

1986

Had a featured role as title character's bratty sister in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," starring Matthew Broderick in the title role

1986

Made episodic TV debut, "The Equalizer" (CBS)

1984

Appeared in the teen ensemble drama "Red Dawn," first role pairing her with Patrick Swayze

1984

Made film acting debut in"Reckless"

1980

Was an understudy for the Off-Broadway production "Album," directed by Joan Micklin Silver

Made acting debut in a Dr. Pepper TV commercial

Appeared in the Chicago production of "Album" alongside Alan Ruck

Bonus Trivia

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Ten days before the premiere of "Dirty Dancing" in 1987, Grey and then beau (and former "Ferris Bueller" brother) Matthew Broderick were involved in a much-publicized car accident in Ireland when they collided head-on with another vehicle. The two women in the other vehicle were killed and Broderick broke his leg. Grey walked away with minor cuts, but a lifelong battle with neck and back pain that would require surgeries.

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"She was always interested, always loved to be backstage. I remember one of the dance captains put her on stage for a moment in 'Goodtime Charley' and it was thrilling for her. I remember thinking, 'Ooohhhhh yes.' It was in the bones." --Joel Grey in New York Newsday, October 7, 1993.

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"I always knew I wanted to perform. There was never any question in my mind. It was the only profession I knew that I could utilize every part of me. When I'm acting, life is at its most heightened for me. All my motors are running." --Jennifer Grey

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On her success in "Dirty Dancing", Grey told The New York Times (August 17, 1997): "I became recognizable, known and loved by so many people. I didn't look like a movie star. I had a Jewish nose. People loved seeing that. But I was never that character. I was not a virgin; I hate to admit it. I also could dance. I was kind of a daddy's girl, though. The curse was that people think I was that character, and I'm not."

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About her 1989 and 1992 plastic surgeries on her nose, Grey told the Los Angeles Times (August 17, 1997): "I just wanted [my nose] to photograph better. [But] a little piece of the cartilage was not quite right ... Everyone went from recognizing me everywhere I went to no one recognizing me -- even people I knew."

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In August 2010 press interviews for "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) Grey revealed that she underwent two recent surgeries for thyroid cancer and two more to correct lingering neck and spinal pain from an auto accident in 1987.

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