Most of us remember Jennifer Grey from the movie Dirty Dancing.
After her breakthrough, many thought she was going to continue her acting career, but she turned her back on Hollywood which she thought was for good.
Dirty dancing came to the big screens in August 1987. It was a low-budget movie and the directors never knew it was going to achieve a big feat.
The male lead actor was Patrick Swayze and he went on to bag other major roles, but Jennifer Grey left the spotlight, and no one ever heard from her in a long while.
No one heard from her again until an interview with People magazine, where she opened up about the scary times of her life.
Jennifer Grey was born in New York in 1960. She started taking dance lessons at a young age and her father Joel Grey who worked as a director, singer, and actor made her take a shot in the show business.
Jennifer graduated from Dalton School in 1978 and started looking for roles as an actress.
She finally had her film debut in 1984 in the movie “Reckless.”
A few years later she got on Dirty Dancing where she played the role of Frances “Baby” Houseman.
The movie was a huge success and Jennifer got a golden globe award as the best actress.
Grey was living with her then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick after the movie premiered in 1987. The couple was driving when they got into an accident which took the life of a mother and a daughter.
Jennifer survived with minor bruises and scars, but her mental health never remained the same again.
Grey said, as per the Daily Mirror, “The juxtaposition of that deep sorrow, the survivor’s guilt, and then being celebrated as the new big thing just didn’t jibe. It didn’t feel good to be the toast of the town.”
She told People, ”My head was never the same, my ambition was never the same.”
She never recovered from the trauma and disappeared from the big screens for years.
Before appearing on “Friends,” she went through plastic surgery which changed how she looked totally.
After getting a facial transformation, Jennifer Grey looks almost invisible
“I went in the operating theatre a celebrity and come out anonymous,” she said in 2012.
“It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible. It was the nose job from hell. I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognizes because of a nose job.”
Jennifer Grey seems to have gotten her passion for acting again and we are happy for her.