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Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 26, 1960
SpouseClark Gregg
FactWas previously engaged to Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp.

Jennifer Grey is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, the latter for which she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. She also starred in the 1990s television series It’s Like, You Know… and in the 2010s made several guest appearances on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.

Grey was born on March 26, 1960, in New York City, the daughter of Academy Award–winning actor Joel Grey and former actress/singer Jo Wilder. Grey’s paternal grandfather was Jewish and her paternal grandmother was of Romanian Jewish descent. Her parents divorced when she was three years old and she was raised by her mother on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

As a child, Grey performed with the New York City Ballet. She made her screen debut in 1974, appearing in an episode of the ABC soap opera Baretta. In 1977, she starred in the short-lived sitcom Jennifer Slept Here, and had a recurring role as Mindy Cohn’s spoiled little sister on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life from 1980 to 1984.

In 1984, Grey landed her breakout role as Ferris Bueller’s girlfriend, Sloane Peterson, in John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The following year, she starred as Baby Houseman in Emile Ardolino’s Dirty Dancing, opposite Patrick Swayze. The film was a box office hit, grossing over $214 million worldwide, and catapulted Grey to stardom. She subsequently earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

In 1988, Grey starred in Red Dawn with Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze. The following year, she starred in the romantic comedy Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, a sequel to Dirty Dancing. The film was a critical and commercial failure, grossing only $11 million against its $15 million budget.

In 2001, Grey made her Broadway debut in the revival of The Sunshine Boys opposite George Burns. The following year, she starred in the Lifetime television film It’s Showtime! with Jackie Gleason. In 2003, she guest-starred in an episode of the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

From 2009 to 2010, Grey had a recurring role as herself on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. In 2012, she competed in the eleventh season of the ABC reality television series Dancing with the Stars and finished in second place.

Grey has been married twice. Her first husband was actor George Hamilton, whom she married in July 1982. The couple divorced in February 1989. Her second husband is actor Clark Gregg, whom she married in July 2001. They have one child together, a daughter named Stella Gregg, born December 3, 2001.

General Info

Full NameJennifer Grey
Date Of BirthMarch 26, 1960
Height1.6 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationNeighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, The Dalton School


SpouseClark Gregg
ChildrenStella Gregg
ParentsJo Wilder, Joel Grey
SiblingsJames Katz


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
MoviesDirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn, Road to Christmas, If The Shoe Fits, In Your Eyes, Since You've Been Gone, Bounce, Keith, Wind, The Cotton Club, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Murder in Mississippi, Ritual, American Flyers, Reckless, The West Side Waltz, Untogether, Redbelt, The Bling R...
TV ShowsIt's Like, You Know..., Dancing with the Stars

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1On the death of Patrick Swayze, she stated, "When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see. He was a real cowboy with a tender heart. Which is why it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified. Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace. My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy Swayze, and to the whole family.


1Her parents are both from Ashkenazi Jewish families (from Lithuania, Latvia, and Russia).
2As of March 2010 was living in Los Angeles with family.
3Was with Matthew Broderick in a car crash in 1987. She suffered whip-lash, which caused damage to her vertebrate. Has suffered constant pain since then but has recently found some relief with the aid of doctors and exercise.
42010 Winner of Dancing with the Stars (2005).
5Began her career as a dancer in a Dr. Pepper TV commercial.
6Her father, Joel Grey, sang "Razzle-Dazzle", from "Chicago", when he hosted The Muppet Show (1976) in 1976. In Dirty Dancing (1987), her character's father is played by Jerry Orbach, who originated the role of "Billy Flynn" in "Chicago", which includes singing the song "Razzle-Dazzle".
7In a recent interview for Channel 5 (UK), she said that having plastic surgery to her nose was the worst mistake she had ever made. This was because she was no longer recognizable as the girl from the film Dirty Dancing (1987), just somebody who looked a bit like her.
8Classmate of Tracy Pollan at the private Dalton School in New York City.
9Studied acting at New York City's prestigious "Neighborhood Playhouse" under legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner.
10Was cast as Gene Wilder's wife in the 1994 sitcom Something Wilder (1994) in 1994, but was replaced when test audiences disapproved of the two lead characters' age difference in the pilot.
11Was previously engaged to Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp.
12She and Clark Gregg had their first child, a daughter named Stella, on December 3rd 2001.
13Granddaughter of Mickey Katz.
14Daughter of Broadway actor/dancer/choreographer Joel Grey and Jo Wilder.




Duck Duck Goose2018post-productionEdna (voice)
Red Oaks2014-2016TV SeriesJudy Meyers Judy
Phineas and Ferb2008-2014TV SeriesLouisa Patel / Mrs. Pierpoint / Additional Voices / ...
In Your Eyes2014Diane
Kaze tachinu2013Mrs. Kurokawa (English version, voice)
The Bling Ring2011TV MovieIris Garvey
House M.D.2010TV SeriesAbbey
The New Adventures of Old Christine2009TV SeriesTracey
Redbelt2008Lucy Weiss
John from Cincinnati2007TV SeriesDaphne, Meyer's Fiancée
The Road to Christmas2006TV MovieClaire Jamison
Ritual2002Alice Dodgson
It's Like, You Know...1999-2001TV SeriesJennifer Grey / Gwenifer
Bounce2000Janice Guerrero
Since You've Been Gone1998TV MoviePatty Reed
Outrage1998TV MovieSally Casey
The Player1997TV MovieStephanie Granatelli
Red Meat1997Candice
Portraits of a Killer1996Elaine Taylor
Lover's Knot1995Megan Forrester
The West Side Waltz1995TV MovieRobin Ouiseau
Fallen Angels1995TV SeriesGinger Allen
Friends1995TV SeriesMindy
A Case for Murder1993TV MovieKate Weldon
Wind1992/IKate Bass
Eyes of a Witness1991TV MovieChristine Baxter
If the Shoe Fits1990TV MovieKelly Carter / Prudence
Criminal Justice1990TV MovieLiz Carter
Murder in Mississippi1990TV MovieRita Schwerner
Bloodhounds of Broadway1989Lovey Lou
Gandahar1988Airelle (English version, voice)
Dirty Dancing1987Baby Houseman
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesValerie Jacobs
Ferris Bueller's Day Off1986Jeanie Bueller
ABC Afterschool Specials1984-1985TV SeriesLaura Eller / Carol Schwartz
American Flyers1985Leslie
The Cotton Club1984Patsy Dwyer
Red Dawn1984Toni
Reckless1984Cathy Bennario


Bloodhounds of Broadway1989performer: "I Surrender, Dear"


Who Do You Think You Are?2017TV Series documentaryHerself
Today2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2016TV SeriesHerself
Lip Sync Battle2016TV SeriesHerself - Surprise Appearance
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2015 Tony Awards2015TV MovieHerself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV MovieHerself - Presenter
The Doctors2015TV SeriesHerself
Cinema & Spice2013TV SeriesHerself
Inside Story: Ferris Bueller's Day Off2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Strictly Come Dancing2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2011TV Series documentaryHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Dancing with the Stars2010TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases2005TV Special documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990TV SeriesHerself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Original Score
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Drama Motion Picture
Moving Image Salutes James Stewart1988TV MovieHerself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Fashion1979TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2009-2017TV SeriesHerself / Jeanie Bueller
Hoy nos toca2017TV SeriesHerself
Extra2015TV SeriesJeanie Bueller
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014TV SeriesHerself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesBaby Houseman
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialFrances 'Baby' Houseman / Jeanie Griswold (uncredited)
How I Met Your Mother2007TV SeriesBaby Houseman
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops2004TV Special documentaryHerself - #88: Jennifer Grey by a Nose


Won Awards

1988Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)

Nominated Awards

2015BTVA Anime Dub Movies/Special Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/SpecialKaze tachinu (2013)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Dramatic SeriesFallen Angels (1993)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalDirty Dancing (1987)

2nd Place Awards

1990Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)
1987Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)

3rd Place Awards

1989Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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