Jennifer Grey Facts: Facts About Actress Jennifer Grey of "Dirty Dancing"
Facts about actress Jennifer Grey are popular now that she's on season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars." By now you probably know one thing about her - that she starred in "Dirty Dancing" with the late Patrick Swayze. When we saw Grey grow emotional in her rehearsal sessions with pro dance partner, Derek Hough, on the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," it certainly brought tears to our eyes. Hough reminded her of the practice sessions she had with Swayze for the 1987 movie.
While Jennifer Grey is the sentimental favorite to win "Dancing with the Stars," there's little doubt she deserves to be in the finals, as her performance indicated in the first episode, scoring her the highest number from all three judges.
Beginning Facts About Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey was born on March 26, 1960 in New York City. She studied both dance and acting at Dalton School in Manhattan, then at 19, her first commercial was for a Dr. Pepper ad. Small screen debuts were made on two episodes of "ABC Afterschool specials" in 1984 and 1985.
TV Parts the Actress Portrayed
You don't hear much about the fact that Jennifer had a lot of TV parts after "Dirty Dancing." She appeared in an episode of "Friends" in 1995, "Fallen Angels" in 1995, three episodes of "John from Cincinnati" in 2007, and one episode of "Phineas and Ferb" in 2008.
Facts About "Dirty Dancing" Actress, Jennifer Grey - TV Movies
Grey played the character of Kelly Carter in "If the Shoe Fits" in 1990, a made-for-TV-movie. The actress continued the made-for-TV-movie trend in the following: "The West Side Waltz," 1995, "The Player," 1997, "Since You've Been Gone," 1998, "Road to Christmas," 2006 among others.
Facts About Jennifer Grey's Broadway and Movie Roles
In 1984 Grey portrayed Cathy Bennario in her first movie, "Reckless." That same year she acted in "The Cotton Club."
In 1986 Grey played Jeanie in the movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." She acted with Patrick Swayze in "Red Dawn" then again in her biggest hit ever, "Dirty Dancing" as Frances "Baby" Houseman. She was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1988 for the role.
The movie "Bloodhounds of Broadway" came in 1989 then "Portraits of a Killer" in 1996.
In 2000, Jennifer appeared in "Bounce" and in 2008, "Redbelt."
The actress hold only one Broadway credit and it's for "The Twilight of the Golds" in 1993.
Actress Jennnifer Grey - Other Facts
Jennifer Grey had her share of challenges in the 1990s. She had a rhinoplasty that required a second surgery, changing her appearance and making her feel as though she was so unrecognizable that she went in a celebrity and came out anonymous. She compared the change in her looks to being in the witness protection program.
Grey married actor and director, Clark Gregg on July 21, 2001, with whom she has a daughter, Stella. She was born December 3, 2001.
Another interesting fact about Jennifer Grey is that she's best friends with actress, Tracy Pollan, wife of Michael J. Fox.
Jennifer Grey exudes an air of class and elegance in every role she portrays. Though her "Dirty Dancing" role is what she's known most for, she's recognized for a host of talents. Being a part of "Dancing with the Stars" is renewing the interest fans have in her, the late Patrick Swayze, and "Dirty Dancing" as a whole.