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Jennifer Grey
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Grey at the Epic Mickey launch party at the Times Square Disney Store, November 2010
Born March 26, 1960 (1960-03-26) (age 59)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s)
Clark Gregg (m. 2001)
Children 1
Parent(s) Joel Grey
Jo Wilder
Relatives Mickey Katz (grandfather)

Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Dirty Dancing (1987), for which Grey earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her television work includes her 2010 victory in season eleven of Dancing with the Stars, and starring in the Amazon Studios comedy series Red Oaks. Grey is the daughter of Academy Award–winning actor Joel Grey and former actress/singer Jo Wilder. Her paternal grandfather was comedian and musician Mickey Katz.

Early life

Grey is an alumna of the Dalton School, a private school in Manhattan where she studied dance and acting. After graduating in 1978, Grey enrolled at Manhattan's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre for two years of training as an actress. While waiting for roles, she supported herself as a waitress.

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Grey with William Baldwin at the 1988 Academy Awards

In the early 1990s, Grey had two rhinoplasty procedures—the second of which was necessary to correct problems stemming from the first. Even even close friends to fail to recognize her, and the major change in her appearance hurt her career. Of the experience she said, "I went in the operating room a celebrity—and came out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible." Grey briefly thought about changing her name and starting anew, but decided against this.

Personal life

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Grey with her husband, actor Clark Gregg (far left) at the November 30, 2010 Epic Mickey launch party

Grey was romantically involved with actors Michael J. Fox and Johnny Depp and journalist George Stephanopoulos. She married actor/director Clark Gregg on July 21, 2001. They have a daughter born in 2001. They live in Venice, California. The couple co-starred in the Lifetime movie The Road to Christmas in 2006. In January 2017, Grey participated in the Los Angeles 2017 Women's March.

Grey was a contestant on season eleven of Dancing With the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Derek Hough. She came out very strong at first, frequently topping the leader-board. However, injuries, stress, and exhaustion took their toll on Grey, and for a couple of weeks she fell behind. In week seven, however, she improved. On November 23, 2010, Grey and her partner Hough won the competition.

Filmography

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Reckless Cathy Bennario
Red Dawn Toni Mason
The Cotton Club Patsy Dwyer
ABC Afterschool Special Carol Durate Episode: "The Great Love Experiment"
1985 Laura Eller Episode: "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"
American Flyers Leslie
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Jeanie Bueller
The Equalizer Valerie Jacobs Episode: "A Community of Civilized Men"
1987 Dirty Dancing Frances "Baby" Houseman Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
1988 Gandahar Airelle (voice)
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Lovey Lou
1990 Murder in Mississippi Rita Schwerner TV movie
Criminal Justice Liz Carter
If the Shoe Fits Kelly Carter / Prudence
1991 Eyes of a Witness Christine Baxter
1992 Wind Kate Bass
1993 A Case for Murder Kate Weldon TV movie
1995 Friends Mindy Episode: "The One with the Evil Orthodontist"
Fallen Angels Ginger Allen Episode: "A Dime a Dance"
The West Side Waltz Robin Ouiseau TV movie
Lover's Knot Megan Forrester
1996 Portraits of a Killer Elaine Taylor
1997 Red Meat Candice
1998 Outrage Sally Casey TV movie
Since You've Been Gone Patty Reed TV movie
1999–2001 It's Like, You Know... Herself TV series
2000 Bounce Janice Geurrero
2002 Ritual Dr. Alice Dodgson
2006 The Road to Christmas Claire Jameson TV movie
2007 John from Cincinnati Daphne 3 episodes
2008 Redbelt Lucy Weiss
Keith Caroline
2008–2014 Phineas and Ferb Various voices 8 episodes
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Tracey Episode: "Love Means Never Having to Say You're Crazy"
2010 House Abbey Episode: "Unplanned Parenthood"
Dancing with the Stars Herself Winner, season 11
2011 The Bling Ring Iris Garvey TV movie
Strictly Come Dancing Herself Replacement judge for Len Goodman, series 9, week 6
2013 The Wind Rises Mrs. Kurokawa Voice role; English dub
2014 In Your Eyes Diane
2014–2017 Red Oaks Judy Meyers 21 episodes
2017 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself 1 episode
2018 Untogether Joise Post-production

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