Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey

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Jennifer Grey is an American actress who came into fame in the 1980s. She began hogging the limelight during the 1980s, because of a number of her best performance in films like ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’. Moreover, she has also judged television dance competitions.

Early Life

Jennifer Grey was born on March 26, 1960, in Manhattan, New York, United States. She is an American by nationality and her sun sign is Aries. Also, her age is 60 years. She was born to an acclaimed actor, Joel Grey, and an actress and singer, Jo Wilder. She has a brother named James Katz who grew up to become a chef. Her grandfather was comedian and musician Mickey Katz. Grey’s parents both came from Jewish families.

Jennifer Grey studied acting and dancing at ‘Dalton School’ in Manhattan and graduated in 1978. Also, it is the same time when she met her best friend actress Tracy Pollan. After that, she joined the distinguished Manhattan’s ‘Neighborhood Playhouse School’ of the Theater to learn in acting for 2 years. While expecting roles, she helped herself by waitressing.

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Caption: Jennifer Grey when she was young (Source: Instagram)

Career and Professional Life

Jennifer Grey began her career at the age of nineteen when she became a member of a billboard advertisement for the beverage brand ‘Dr. Pepper’. In 1984, she made her film debut with a bit part in ‘Reckless’. This was followed by a little role within the movie ‘The Cotton Club’. She also was present in the war film ‘Red Dawn’, which was out the same year. Jennifer Grey was present in the movie ‘American Flyers’ in 1985. In the year 1986, Jennifer Grey acted the character of ‘Jeanie Bueller’ within the comedy movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. Her next movie clothed out to be a milestone in her career and brought her into the limelight.

She was seen in the drama film ‘Dirty Dancing’ in 1987, opposite actor Patrick Swayze. This limited budget film is taken into account as a classic because it is understood to be the primary movie to sell 1 million copies on video. In 1988, she voiced ‘Airelle’ in the English version of the science fiction and fantasy film ‘Gandahar’. The subsequent year, she acted in the feature film ‘Bloodhounds of Broadway’, related to author Damon Runyon’s stories. Between 1990 and 1991, Jennifer Grey acted the characters in TV movies such as ‘Murder in Mississippi’, ‘Criminal Justice’, ‘If the Shoe Fits’, and ‘Eyes of a Witness’.

Jennifer Grey was present in various popular television shows such as ‘Friends’ in 1995 ‘Fallen Angels’ in 1995, ‘It’s Like, You Know…’ in 1999-2001, ‘John from Cincinnati’ in 2007, ‘Phineas and Ferb’ in 2008-2014, ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’ in 2009, and ‘House’ in 2010. Then, she acted in the television movie ‘The West Side Waltz’ in 1995. In the next year, she was present in some movies, ‘Portraits of a Killer’ and ‘Lover’s Knot’. In 1998, she got a chance to be a part of television movies like ‘Outrage’ and ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’.

More about her career

In 2000, she acted the role of an airline employee in ‘Bounce’. Likewise, she acted in the television movie ‘Road to Christmas’ in 2006, acting alongside her husband Clark Gregg. Jennifer Grey was present within the martial arts movie ‘Red Belt’ in 2008 and within the independent drama ‘Keith’. In 2010, Jennifer Grey took part in the 11th season of the TV competition show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. She was the winner of that season. The subsequent year, she was seen as a judge for the ninth season of the dance competition ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

She voiced ‘Mrs. Kurokawa’ within the English adaptation of the Japanese animated drama film ‘The Wind Rises’ in 2013. The subsequent year, she was a part of projects that received positive reviews from critics. These projects include the paranormal romantic movie ‘In Your Eyes’ and the comedy series ‘Red Oaks’. The actress voiced a personality in ‘Duck Duck Goose’ in 2018 and had supporting roles in movies like ‘Untogether’ in 2018 and ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ in 2019. She was also present in three episodes of the long-running medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

Caption: Jennifer Grey during her photoshoot (Source: Instagram)

Awards and Nomination

In 2015, the actress received a BTVA Anime Dub Movie/Special Voice Acting Award nomination under the category of the Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/Special category for her role in Kaze tachinu (2013). The nomination was shared together with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog, and Mae Whitman. Her performance gained her a nomination for the prestigious ‘Golden Globe Award’ in 1987. She was also the winner of the 11th season of the TV competition show ‘Dancing with the stars’ in 2010.

Net Worth

Jennifer Grey is a talented actress. She has a net worth of $10 million. Jennifer Grey has been earning her net worth through her many acting roles in made for TV movies, television series, Broadway, and her appearance on Dancing with the Stars. She has already become a successful actress who is earning a good amount of money from her career.

Relationship Status

Jennifer Grey had a relationship with actor Matthew Broderick in the late-1980s. Even though they chose to stay in private, the connection came to light when the couple met with an accident while on a vacation in Ireland in 1987. She was also in relationships with American actor and producer Johnny Depp and journalist George Stephanopoulos. Jennifer Grey was previously married to director, screenwriter, and actor Clark Gregg on 21 July 2001. Together they have a daughter whose name is Stella, born on 3 December 2001. On July 3, 2020, Gregg and Grey reported that they separated.

Soon before Dirty Dancing was out, Grey was engaged in a serious accident. She and her then-boyfriend, actor Matthew Broderick, were involved in a car crash in Ireland. Broderick, who was driving, suffered a broken leg. The two passengers in the other car were dead. Grey made a career-changing decision to go through plastic surgery done on her nose in the early 1990s. Once she said that she wanted a simple change, but the results were much more dramatic. The surgery rendered her nearly unrecognizable.

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Caption: Jennifer Grey with her ex-husband (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurement and Social Media

During the 1990s, she underwent two rhinoplasty surgeries after which she stated that even her closest friends were unable to recognize her. In 2010, Jennifer Grey went through physical examinations where the doctor found a cancerous nodule on her thyroid. But the detail was erased before it spread, and she reported that she is cancer-free. Apart from this, she stands at the height of 5 feet 3 inches and has a weight of 50 kg. Her body measurement is 34-24-32 inches and her bra size is 34 B. The beautiful actress has brown eyes with brown hair. Furthermore, she has a slim figure with a very pretty face.

Now talking about her presence on social media platforms, she is quite active there. The actress keeps on updating her social media. She is active on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. On Instagram, she has 252 K followers, on Twitter, she has 109.7 K followers, and on Facebook, she has more than 425 K followers.