Jennifer Grey stars in ABC's new comedy series, "It's like, you know. . ." as -- Jennifer Grey. But she emphasizes that "they're using my name and certain facts from my life, but they're magnifying things to make it more dramatic and fun. I am playing myself, but not myself." She claims, "A lot of the appeal of the role is in blurring the lines of reality and fiction."
Jennifer had been friends with executive producer Peter Mehlman while he was still writing for "Seinfeld." A few years earlier, Mr. Mehlman had interviewed her for a piece in US magazine. She called him in December of '97; he was writing the pilot for "It's like, you know. . ." and was trying to find a famous actress who would be willing to play herself. Peter gingerly popped the question, and Jennifer agreed.
Ms. Grey grew up in a theatrical family in both Los Angeles and New York City. Her father is Joel Grey, and her mother was once an actress as well. Out of high school, she attended the Neighborhood Playhouse for two years, where she studied under Sanford Meisner. Her first acting job was as a pepper in a Dr Pepper commercial.
She landed a job as an understudy in the hit off-Broadway show, "Album," at the Cherry Lane Theatre. She then got the chance to play the role in New York and Chicago. Years later, she made her Broadway debut in "The Twilight of the Golds."
Her first movie role was in "Reckless" with Daryl Hannah and Aidan Quinn. She was also featured in the film, "The Cotton Club," playing Nicolas Cage's wife as a 1920s gun moll. Later she landed a role in "Red Dawn" with Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson and Charlie Sheen. She also appeared in "American Flyers" with Kevin Costner. She then got to play the malevolent sister in the cult classic, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," with Matthew Broderick.
She has done numerous television movies, including "Westside Waltz," starring opposite Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli and Kathy Bates.
Ms. Grey is best known for her role as Baby in "Dirty Dancing," for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe award. She was also nominated for a CableACE award for her role in "Dime a Dance," directed by Peter Bogdanovich. She also starred in Carroll Ballard's "Wind," a movie about the America's Cup.
Ms. Grey is single and lives in New York, but currently resides in Los Angeles while filming "It's like, you know. . ."
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA
BIRTHDATE: March 26
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