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Then + Now: Jennifer Grey from ‘Dirty Dancing’

Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing

Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Everyone loves ‘Dirty Dancing’ — we know we do, so let’s check in with star Jennifer Grey and see what she’s up to these days.


Jennifer Grey got her break in the 1984 film ‘Red Dawn,’ which was about a group of teens defending their small town from a Russian invasion. She went on to star in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ as Ferris’ disapproving big sister before landing her iconic role in 1987’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ as Frances “Baby” Houseman, a preppy young lady who takes sexy dancing lessons from Patrick Swayze at a swanky summer retreat in the Catskills.


Jennifer Grey
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Jennifer got a nose job in the early 1990s that left her almost unrecognizable. “I went in the operating room a celebrity — and came out anonymous,” she later said. “It was like being in a witness protection program.”

Perhaps because of that, Grey never found a movie that quite matched the popularity of ‘Dirty Dancing,’ but she continued to act with roles in movies like the Cinderella-inspired ‘If the Shoe Fits’ and ‘Bounce.’ She’s also guest-starred on ‘Friends’ and on the short-lived show ‘John from Cincinnati,’ and she won season 11 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with dance partner Derek Hough.

She’s married to fellow actor and ‘Avengers’ star Clark Gregg, and the pair have a daughter together.

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