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Jennifer Grey Biography

Birth Name:
Jennifer Elise Grey
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Although she grew up in a showbiz family, her famous father forbade her from acting until she was 18
  • First professional job was a Dr Pepper commercial
  • Film debut was in 1984's Reckless
  • Big break came when she snagged the role of Frances "Baby" Houseman in 1987's Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze; she'd appeared earlier with Swayze in Red Dawn
  • Underwent a botched rhinoplasty procedure in the early 1990s that required additional surgery; the result left her virtually unrecognizable even to close friends
  • Costarred in the late '90s television series It's Like, You Know
  • , in which she played herself and poked fun at her celebrity status and plastic surgery
  • Appeared as a crazy love interest to real-life husband Clark Gregg in an episode of his series The New Adventures of Old Christine
  • Won season 11 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Derek Hough


  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated