Jennifer Gray is a famous American film actress. She is best known for her starring role in the cult melodrama Dirty Dancing and her participation in the comedy film Ferris Buhler Takes A Day Off.
The future actress was born in March 1960 on the 26th in the American city of New York. The girl was born into a family of artists, her father Jel Gray was a dancer, and her mother was the then famous singer Joe Wilder. Parents really wanted their daughter to continue the creative dynasty and made every effort to do so.
During her school years, Jennifer was sent to a theater group, where she took her first steps in art. It is worth noting that she did it well enough, and she herself wanted to become a real actress and connect her life with the theater.
After graduating from school, the girl performed on the theatrical stage for some time, but everything changed when she was twenty years old. Jennifer was cast for a cameo role in Reckless. The film debut impressed Gray and her parents so much that she fell in love with the world of cinema and linked her life with it forever.
In the same year, the girl starred in the film "Hotel Hotton" and in the cult for the United States and "cranberry" for the USSR fantastic action movie "Red Dawn". In the latter, Gray played one of the main roles. The picture told about the invasion of Soviet troops into the United States in order to seize and loot food warehouses. The American army was defeated and the guerrillas, drawn mainly from teenagers, began to offer real resistance. One of these guerrilla groups included Tony Mason, played by Jennifer Gray.
The heated controversy surrounding the film overshadowed Gray's acting work, and the following year she received no serious job offers. 1985 added to the collection of roles of the actress only two television projects: "American Lightning" and "Cindy Eller: a real fairy tale." In 1986, the movie Ferris Buhler Takes a Day Off was released, in which Gray played one of the main roles. The picture turned out to be extremely successful, and the role of the boring sister of the protagonist, who went to Jennifer, brought her great popularity.
The wave of success after the previous film not only made the actress famous, but also increased her demand. Already in the following 1987, she was invited to shoot the film "Dirty Dancing", where, according to the results of the interview, she managed to take the main female role. The film at that time turned out to be incredibly successful, at the box office the picture grossed more than two hundred million dollars, despite the fact that the production of the film took only six. In 1988, at the next Golden Globe Film Festival, the talented actress was announced as a contender for the prestigious award, but she failed to win the honorary award.
Quickly enough, the resounding success was replaced by a sharp decline and even a real failure. In 1989, the comedy-detective film "Snoopers from Broadway" was released, where Gray got a supporting role. The main female role in the film was played by the famous singer Madonna. The film also stars Rutger Hauer and is directed by Howard Bruckner.
Despite such a stellar line-up, the picture turned out to be extremely unconvincing. The film did not shine at the box office, and Madonna's extremely nasty performance only intensified the negative effect.
Taken together, all these shortcomings were reflected in all those who took part in this project, including Gray. This alignment changed the attitude of the actress to work, and with the beginning of the nineties she left the big cinema on the television screen. In 1990, three serious projects came out at once with her participation: "If the shoe does not shake", "Criminal Justice" and "Murder in the Mississippi".
In 1992, Jennifer Gray was offered to star in the film "The Wind". The return to the big screen cannot be called triumphant, quite the contrary. Another film with Gray's participation turned out to be a failure. With a huge budget of twenty-nine million dollars, at the box office "Wind" was able to collect only five and a half.
It is difficult to say whether participation in the film "The Wind" was a verdict for the actress, but after it, Gray did not have a single serious role in the cinema. In the nineties, she continued to work in television, taking part in mini-series and various television shows. In 1996, she played a cameo role in the thriller Portraits of a Killer. The following year was marked by a small episode in the film "Flesh".
In the early 2000s, Gray starred in the film "Another Ticket", where she played the role of Jannis Guerro. In 2006 there were two more inconspicuous works: "The Whale" and the television project "The Road to Christmas". The last serious work for Gray was participation in the cult television series "House Doctor", where the actress played Abby's mother in one of the episodes.
Jennifer is now married to actor Clark Gregg. Their wedding took place in July 2001. By the measure of show business, the event was extremely modest and quiet. On December 3, 2003, the couple had a daughter, who was named Stella. To date, the actress is happily married and lives with her family in California.
Before a happy marriage, Gray had a rather stormy personal life. The famous artist met with Johnny Depp, Michael Fox and George Stephanopopoulos. In the summer of 1987, she was involved in a car accident with filming partner Matthew Broderick. The car driven by Broderick flew into the oncoming lane and crashed into a Volvo sedan. Gray suffered minor neck injuries, and the driver and passenger of the second car died on the spot. This event caused a wide resonance, which gave away the secret meetings of Gray and Broderick.