Jennifer Grey Net Worth, Background, Career Highlights, Awards, Personal Life and Relationships

Published Date   31st Aug. 2017, 23:20 pm
Jennifer Grey Net Worth, Background, Career Highlights, Awards, Personal Life and Relationships
Quick Info
Birth Name: Jennifer Grey
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $10 million

American actress, Jennifer Grey net worth accelerated as she became popular for her roles in 1980s films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing.


Born in 1960, Jennifer Grey amassed huge fame through her prominently amazing performances in Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Consequently, she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. Jennifer Grey net worth rose as she became famous for 2010 victory in season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. Currently, she is starring in series Red Oaks.

Background and Education

Jennifer Grey was born in Manhattan, New York City, the U.S. in 26th March, 1960. She was born as the daughter of Joel Grey and former actress/singer Jo Wilder. Joel Grey was an Academy Award-winning actor. Grey is the granddaughter of comedian/musician Mickey Katz. Both of her parents come from Jewish family. Grey is an American citizen.

She attended private school, Dalton School in Manhattan from where she graduated in 1978. With her best friend, actress Tracy Pollan, she studied dance and acting in the Dalton School. Later, she went to Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. She there underwent training as actress for 2 years.

After completion of her studies, she waited for getting role in film industry. During that period of time, she worked as waitress to support herself financially.

Acting Career Highlights

Jennifer Grey net worth began to rise as she made her debut appearance in an ad for Dr. Pepper. She was 19 years old during that time. Soon, she got a small role in film Reckless (1984) and The Cotton Club (1984). Not long after making her debut appearances briefly, she starred in a war film Red Dawn and American Flyers (1985).

She landed a role as Jeanie Bueller in 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The film was a commercial and critical success which earned Grey popularity. The following year, she played Frances “Baby” Houseman in a hit film Dirty Dancing. The low-budget film that sold million copes shaped Grey’s career. In addition, Jennifer Grey net worth rose as she received Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

Grey has also appeared in Broadway Theatre, The Twilight of the Golds in 1993.

In early-90s, Grey underwent a rhinoplasty a couple of time. These surgeries made her unrecognizable. Further, it sabotaged her career as a celebrity. However, she appeared in ABC sitcom It’s Like, You Know… The sitcom satirized her nose job which had become quite popular topic among people.

She also appeared in CBS television movie The West Side Waltz and in one episode of Friends as Mindy. Similarly, she landed small roles in 2000 film Bounce. Few years later, she portrayed Daphne on HBO series John from Cincinnati.

In addition, Grey was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. She appeared in its season eleven with her partner, professional dancer Derek Hough. Even though she was a strong contestant in the beginning and topped the leaderboard, she got weaker with injuries, stress and exhaustion that show caused. Therefore, she fell behind for 2 weeks. However, she improved gradually and the pair won the competition on November 2010.

Jennifer Grey net worth heightened after winning the competition. Consequently,she started appearing in movies again. In 2011, she appeared in Lifetime movie Bling Ring as Iris Garvey. The same year, she made her appearance as head judge on BBC One TV show Strictly Come Dancing. She has also voiced Mrs. Kurokawa in English dub version of The Wind Rises.

Personal Life and Relationships

In mid-1987, Grey underwent a car accident, due to which she endured severe whiplash. She was on a vacation with actor Matthew Broderick in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two were dating since the filming of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

After the accident, their semi-secret relationship became public. Their rented BMW collided with a Volvo. The mother, 63, and daughter, 28, in Volvo died on the spot of accident. As a result, Broderick paid fine for the accident after being accused of careless driving.

When Dirty Dancing became successful a while after accident, Grey could not enjoy her fame. She explained she was undergoing survivor’s grief. Grey withdrew from acting for some time as well.

Jennifer Grey married actor/director Clark Gregg on July 21, 2001. The couple has a daughter, Stella, born on December 3, 2001. The family now lives in Venice, California. Prior to her marriage, she was in romantic relationship with actor Johnny Depp and journalist George Stephanopoulos.

Before Grey appeared in Dancing with the Stars, she underwent physical examination to see if she is fit enough to participate. The doctor addressed chronic neck problem that car accident caused. Her surgeon placed titanium plate in her neck to stabilize her neck and compressed spinal cord. Moreover, her doctor diagnosed a suspicious white spot on her thyroid which they removed.

Salary and Net Worth

The skilled actress Jennifer Grey net worth rose mainly because of her acting career and appearance in Dancing with the Stars. She became a popular actress of successful movie Dirty Dancing in mid-80s. according to the recent available data, Jennifer Grey net worth is $10 million.

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