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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 26, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA Profession: actor, dancer

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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."

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."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 In Your Eyes (2014)
2.
 Bling Ring (2011)
3.
 Keith (2008)
4.
 Redbelt (2008)
6.
 Ritual (2005) Dr Eve Kent
7.
 Bounce (2000) Janice Guerrero
8.
 Outrage (1998) Sally Casey
9.
 Since You've Been Gone (1998) Patty Reed
10.
 Red Meat (1997) Candace
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Milestones close milestones

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Made acting debut in a Dr. Pepper TV commercial
1980:
Was an understudy for the Off-Broadway production "Album," directed by Joan Micklin Silver
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Appeared in the Chicago production of "Album" alongside Alan Ruck
1984:
Made film acting debut in"Reckless"
1984:
Appeared in the teen ensemble drama "Red Dawn," first role pairing her with Patrick Swayze
1986:
Made episodic TV debut, "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1986:
Had a featured role as title character's bratty sister in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," starring Matthew Broderick in the title role
1987:
Landed first leading role, playing Frances "Baby" Houseman in "Dirty Dancing," opposite Swayze
1990:
Made TV-movie debut in "Murder in Mississippi" (NBC)
1992:
Co-starred with Matthew Modine in "Wind"
1993:
Made Broadway debut in "Twilight of the Golds"
1995:
Starred with Shirley MacLaine and Liza Minnelli in "The West Side Waltz" (CBS)
1995:
Appeared in memorable episode of "Friends" (NBC) as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) former best friend
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
2000:
Cast in a supporting role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck in "Bounce"
2007:
Guest-starred on the HBO series, "John from Cincinnati"
2010:
Joined the 11th season of "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC) as a contestant
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Dalton School: New York , New York - 1978

Notes

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, Broderick broke his leg, but Grey walked away with minor cuts.

"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.

"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

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."

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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companion:
Matthew Broderick. Actor. Together in the late 1980s.
companion:
Johnny Depp. Actor. Engaged in 1990; no longer together.
companion:
William Baldwin. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Liam Neeson. Actor. Dated briefly.
companion:
George Stephanopoulos. Former presidential adviser. Dated in 1992; no longer together.
husband:
Clark Gregg. Actor, screenwriter. Dating from late summer 2000; married on July 21, 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Mickey Katz. Comedian.
mother:
Jo Wilder. Singer.
father:
Joel Grey. Actor, singer. Oscar-winner for his supporting role in "Cabaret" (1972).
brother:
James Grey. Chef. Younger.
daughter:
Stella Gregg. Born on December 4, 2001.
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