Whatever happened to Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey?
‘Dirty Dancing’ turns 25 this week and it’s given us a chance to reflect and celebrate one of the most popular films of the 1980s. From the memorable soundtrack that gave us ‘Hungry Eyes’ and ‘Time of My Life’; to Patrick Swayze’s intense portrayal as Johnny Castle that lead to starring roles ‘Point Break’, ‘Ghost’ and ‘Donnie Darko’, ‘Dirty Dancing’ is a cheesy, but loveable classic.
But how about his co-star Jennifer Grey, who played Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman – and what has she been up for the past twenty-five years? Not being a major movie star, that’s for sure. The highlights of her recent CV include guest spots in ‘Friends’ (1995) and ‘House’ (2010), but she’s mainly worked on TV movies that went straight to VHS.
What’s unusual about Grey is how quickly she disappeared into small screen obscurity. After ‘Dirty Dancing’, she added her vocal talents to weird French sci-fi animation ‘Gandahar’. Next up was the film-musical ‘Bloodhounds of Broadway’, which saw her duet with Madonna. The film was definitely not a success, and with this her TV career begun, just three years after her Golden Globe nod for ‘Dancing’. Grey has an odd theory for why her career never took off after ‘Dirty Dancing’…
In a TV interview, she said her nose job was the worst mistake she’d ever made, because, sadly, nobody recognised her as the girl from ‘Dirty Dancing’ any longer due to the change. Some believe that her unfamiliar appearance to be the reason for her subdued movie career since. She may not be a big star anymore, but Grey will always be ‘Baby’ from ‘Dirty Dancing’, one of the films that defined the decade and where we’ll remember Patrick Swayze the most.
Article By Emma Sankey