After “Dirty Dancing,” Jennifer Grey was poised to be the next “it girl” in Hollywood — that is, until she became virtually unrecognizable thanks to two nose jobs gone wrong. Of the surgeries and their aftermath, Grey told the NY Daily News in 1999, “To go to complete obscurity from [being known], it’s been an interesting life.” Despite her dramatically altered appearance, Grey continued to work, portraying a somewhat satirical version of herself in the sitcom “It’s Like, You Know…” and landing several small roles in the early and mid 2000s.
Then Grey was approached to appear on “Dancing with the Stars” for which she needed a physical. She told People that, during this physical, doctors discovered spinal injuries that required two surgeries. Her surgeon then made the revelation that a lump she’d been told was benign was actually cancerous, leading to two more surgeries. Finally cancer-free and healthy, Grey not only appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” but won the whole thing (after being treated for yet another injury during her season)!
Now, Grey is ready to share the parts of her life the media has only been able to speculate about before. She’s written a memoir that, she revealed to People, will be released in May 2022, calling it “one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done.”