Mar. 26th, 1960
New York City, New York, USA
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Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960) is an American actress. She known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Dirty Dancing, the latter for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Born in New York City, the daughter of stage and Academy Award-winning screen actor Joel Grey and former actress/singer Jo Wilder. Her paternal grandfather was comedian and musician Mickey Katz. Grey's parents both came from Jewish families.
Grey is an alumna of the Dalton School, a private school in Manhattan where she studied dance and acting, and where she met her best friend, actress 'Tracy Pollan'. After graduating in 1978, Grey enrolled at Manhattan's Neighborhood Playhouse for two years of training as an actress. While waiting for roles, she supported herself waitressing.
Grey's commercial debut was at the age of 19, in an ad for Dr Pepper before making her film debut in Reckless (1984), in a small role. She appeared in a small role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984). That year she starred in the war film Red Dawn. She then appeared in the 1985 John Badham project American Flyers.
The following year, she reunited with 'Patrick Swayze', whom she had played opposite in Red Dawn, to play Frances "Baby" Houseman in Dirty Dancing. The low-budget film was a surprise hit, and the first film to sell one million copies on video, and is considered a classic. The film also defined Grey's career, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
In the early 1990s, Grey underwent two rhinoplasty procedures–the second of which was necessary to correct problems stemming from the first–that resulted in a nose that caused even close friends to fail to recognize her, and the major change in her appearance negatively affected her career. Of the experience she said, "I went in the operating room a celebrity – and came out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible". She briefly considered changing her name in order to start her career anew, but ultimately decided against this.
From March 1999 until January 2000, Grey starred as herself in the short-lived ABC sitcom It's Like, You Know..., which satirized her much-publicized nose job as a running gag.
Grey appeared in the CBS television movie The West Side Waltz, adapted by Ernest Thompson from his play, an episode of Friends as Mindy, and she had a small role in the 2000 film Bounce with 'Gwyneth Paltrow' and 'Ben Affleck'. In 2007, Grey portrayed Daphne on the HBO series John from Cincinnati. In 2010, she played Abbey, the mother of a sick child in the season seven House episode "Unplanned Parenthood".
Grey was a contestant in season eleven of Dancing With the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Derek Hough. She came out very strong at first, frequently topping the leaderboard, however, injuries, stress, and exhaustion took their toll on Grey, and for a couple of weeks she fell behind. In week seven, however, she improved, tying with previous frontrunner Brandy Norwood. On November 23, 2010, Grey and her partner Hough won the competition.
In September 2011 Grey appeared in the Lifetime movie Bling Ring as Iris Garvey, the mother of Zack Garvey. On November 5 and 6, 2011, Grey stood in for head judge 'Len Goodman' on the BBC One TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
Grey voiced Mrs. Kurokawa in the English dub version of the 2013 film, The Wind Rises.
On August 5, 1987, Grey suffered severe whiplash in a car accident in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, while vacationing with 'Matthew Broderick', whom she began dating in semi-secrecy during the filming of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The accident, which was the event through which their relationship became public, occurred when the rented BMW Broderick was driving crossed into the wrong lane and slammed head-on into a Volvo driven by a local mother and daughter, Margaret Doherty, 63, and Anna Gallagher, 28, who were killed instantly in the accident. Broderick was later convicted of careless driving and fined $175. Dirty Dancing was released a few weeks after the accident, catapulting Grey to fame, but she has said that her grief and survivor's guilt over the crash prevented her from enjoying the film's success, and led her to withdraw from acting for some time.
Grey was also romantically involved with actor 'Johnny Depp' and journalist George Stephanopoulos. She married actor/director 'Clark Gregg' (July 21, 2001). They have a daughter Stella (born December 3, 2001). They live in Venice, California. The couple co-starred in the Lifetime movie Road to Christmas in 2006.
- Studied acting at New York City's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse under legendary acting coach, 'Sanford Meisner' (qv).
- Granddaughter of 'Mickey Katz' (qv).
- Her father Joel sang "Razzle-Dazzle," from Chicago, when he hosted _"The Muppet Show" (1976)_ (qv). In _Dirty Dancing (1987)_ (qv), her character's father is played by 'Jerry Orbach' (qv), who originated the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago--including singing the song "Razzle-Dazzle".
- Daughter of Broadway actor/dancer/choreographer 'Joel Grey' (qv) and 'Jo Wilder' (qv).
- Began her career as a dancer in a Dr. Pepper TV commercial.
- Was engaged to 'Matthew Broderick (I)' (qv)
- Is best friends with 'Tracy Pollan' (qv); they met as classmates at the private Dalton School in New York City.
- In a recent interview for Channel 5 (UK) she said that having plastic surgery to her nose was the worst mistake she had ever made. This was because she was no longer recognizable as the girl from the film _Dirty Dancing (1987)_ (qv), just somebody who looked a bit like her.