What became of Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey?

Premiere of "Dirty Dancing"

'Nobody puts Baby in a corner'. This is definitely one of the most popular and well-known lines from American cinema. Emile Ardolino's film was enormously successful and is still a classic in the world of musical cinema today. But since Dirty Dancing, what has the main actress been up to? Is Baby still in her corner? Ohmymag investigates.

If the name Jennifer Grey doesn't mean anything to you, her character Baby should definitely ring a bell! Who among us didn't dream of dancing next to Johnny Castle – aka the late Patrick Swayze? A romance founded in dance and wild music from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing is what made Emile Ardolino so successful.

First role: Immediate success

After appearing in a few films as a secondary character such as in James Foley's Reckless in 1984 and even Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Jennifer Grey landed her first role as a main character in Dirty Dancing, where she played Frances, aka Baby, a 17-year-old girl (although the actress was actually 10 years older!) from a wealthy family, who found herself thrown into the world of dance where she discovers true love with her professional dance partner, Johnny Castle. Their story immediately won the hearts of the general public. Songs from the film became hits and almost 30 years later, the film hasn't aged a day!

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Actress Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze attend the premiere of "Dirty Dancing" on August 17, 1987 at the Gemini Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Hollywood: Actress Jennifer Grey gives a wink and a wave to cameras as she and her co-star Patrick Swayze attend a party following the showing of their latest movie Dirty Dancing. The party for the Vestron Pictures release was held at Ed Debevic's dinner whose '50s setting matched the romantic love story which is set in the Catskill's resort in the summer of 1963. The film opens nationally August 21st.
Actress Jennifer Grey attends the premiere of "Dirty Dancing" on August 17, 1987 at the Gemini Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 17: Actress Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze attend the premiere of "Dirty Dancing" on August 17, 1987 at the Gemini Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Jennifer Grey and Eric Roberts during Premiere of "Dirty Dancing" at Gemini Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey (Photo by Sam Levi/WireImage)
April 1988: American actors Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, costars of director Emile Ardolino's film 'Dirty Dancing,' embrace in front of a curtain at the Academy Awards, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Scott/Fotos International/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) JENNIFER GREY - Jennifer Grey is best known for her starring roles in the iconic movies "Dirty Dancing" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." She joins two-time mirror ball champion DEREK HOUGH for his seventh season. The Season 11 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "Dancing with the Stars" for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) DEREK HOUGH, JENNIFER GREY
DANCING WITH THE STARS - JENNIFER GREY AND DEREK HOUGH - A beloved actress of both film and television, Jennifer Grey is best known for her starring roles in the iconic movies "Dirty Dancing" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." She joins two-time mirror ball champion DEREK HOUGH for his seventh season. The Season 11 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "Dancing with the Stars" for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Bob D'Amico/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21: Actress Jennifer Grey attends the 25th anniversary of Lionsgate's "Dirty Dancing" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 21, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21: Actors Clark Gregg (L) and Jennifer Grey and their daughter Stella Gregg attend the 25th anniversary of Lionsgate's "Dirty Dancing" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 21, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21: Actress Jennifer Grey arrives at the 25th Anniversary Of Lionsgate's "Dirty Dancing" screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 21, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actress Jennifer Grey attends the Public Theater's 2014 Gala celebrating "One Thrilling Combination" on June 23, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Actress Jennifer Grey poses for portrait at the special screening of "Dirty Dancing" at Will Rogers State Historic Park on September 2, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Actress Jennifer Grey (L) and choreographer Kenny Ortega speak onstage at the special screening of "Dirty Dancing" at Will Rogers State Historic Park on September 2, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Actor Jennifer Grey speaks before the unveiling of the star for director Kenny Ortega on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - MARCH 04: Actress Jennifer Grey arrives at the World Premiere Of Marvel Studios 'Captain Marvel' held at the El Capitan Theatre on March 4, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: Jennifer Grey at the 2017 Los Angeles Dance Project Gala on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup)
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Success on the nose

After that, Patrick Swayze's career took off and the actor landed main roles in lots of other films. However, as for Jennifer Grey, she never again found as much success as she did from playing Baby... speculation infers it was her nose job that many fans didn't like... The actress has however made several appearances in TV series, particularly in the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars (a wink to her former character) where she won in the final of the 11th season.

Even though Jennifer Grey's career was rather short, we will always remember the actress who brought Baby to life. Because at the end of the day, 'nobody puts Baby in a corner'.

- This article first appeared on Ohmymag

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