Jennifer Grey Bio - Biography

Name Jennifer Grey
Height 5' 3
Naionality American
Date of Birth 26 March 1960,
Place of Birth New York, New York, USA
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Born in New York City, Grey is the daughter of stage and screen actor Joel Grey and the granddaughter of comedian and musician Mickey Katz. She is an alumna of The Dalton School, an elite private school in Manhattan, and studied both dance and acting. Her commercial debut was at the age of 19, in an ad for the Dr Pepper soft drink. After other small roles, she landed the part of angry sister Jeanie in the hit 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The following year she reunited with Patrick Swayze, opposite whom she had played in Red Dawn, for her biggest role ever, Frances "Baby" Houseman in Dirty Dancing.

In the early 1990s, Grey submitted to a rhinoplasty that was so botched she required a second plastic surgery to repair the damage. The result was a face so altered that even close friends failed to recognize her, and the major change in her appearance negatively impacted her career. Of the experience she said, "I went in the operating theatre a celebrity - and come out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible." [1]

After a few years out of the spotlight, Grey returned in the short-lived 1999 ABC sitcom It's Like, You Know... portraying a variation of herself, a struggling actress named Jennifer Grey. In an episode of the series, she poked fun at herself with a storyline about a much-publicized nose job that included the following exchange:

Arthur Garment: You know, you look different somehow.
Jennifer Grey: Well, you see a movie ten years ago…
Arthur Garment: I saw it just recently.
Jennifer Grey: . . . on a small TV screen . . .
Arthur Garment: This was a revival. Huge movie screen.
Jennifer Grey: . . . sitting so far back . . .
Arthur Garment: Front row. Right up close.
Jennifer Grey: Nose job!
Arthur Garment: Oh. (pauses) Just one?
Grey also appeared with Shirley Maclaine, Liza Minnelli, and Kathy Bates in the CBS television movie The West Side Waltz, adapted by Ernest Thompson from his play, an episode of Friends, and she had a small role in the 2000 film Bounce with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck. Her sole Broadway theatre credit is The Twilight of the Golds (1993).

Following engagements to Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp, Grey married actor Clark Gregg (The New Adventures of Old Christine) in July 2001, and their daughter Stella was born in December of that year. The couple co-starred in the Lifetime movie Road to Christmas.

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