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What's Jennifer Grey Been Up to for the Last 23 Years?

(Getty Images | Inset Images from top to bottom: From Dirty Dancing; From a promo for the ABC show It's Like, You Know...; Bauer Griffin)

From 1984 to 1987, Jennifer Grey seemed poised on the verge of A-list stardom. She pulled off memorable supporting roles in Red Dawn and Ferris Bueller's Day Off before starring as Baby in the defining film of her young career, Dirty Dancing.

Then she sort of went away. As far as the pop culture hive mind is concerned, she disappeared after Dirty Dancing only to finally reemerge as an actually good dancer on Dancing with the Stars this year.

So what did she do in between those two gigs? With the utmost respect to Jennifer and her long lost nose, we take a look at what she's been up to for the past 23 years.

1988-1993: TV Movies
After appearing alongside Matt Dillon and Madonna in the poorly-received Bloodhounds of Broadway in 1989, Jennifer appeared in a string of made-for-television movies. Within five years of her Golden Globe nod for Dirty Dancing, she appeared in five television movies and two box office duds. Skip the following vids if you don't feel like cringing.

1993: Rhinoplasty
After six years on the D-list, Jennifer decided to get some cosmetic work done. In 1993 she got a nose job, but it didn't go very well and she had to get a second surgery to fix the damage. She would later describe the experience as rendering her anonymous.

"I went in the operating room a celebrity -- and came out anonymous," she once said. "It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible. I remember going to a restaurant where I had been going for years. I ran into people I knew and would say, 'Hey.' Nothing. I'll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognizes... because of a nose job."
Left: Jennifer Grey in a promotional photo for the 1993 movie Wind. Right: Again in her first appearance after the nose job on Friends.

1995-1998: Back to the Tube
In 1995 Jennifer began taking her first roles with her new nose. Her old fans would be hard pressed to recognize her in an episode from the first season of Friends where she plays Mindy, a woman engaged to Rachel's old flame. For the next four years, Jennifer was relegated to supporting roles in made-for-television dramas.

1999: Playing it for Laughs
Eleven years before ABC brought her back on DWTS, the network gave Jennifer a shot to come back in 1999. On the short-lived LA-centric comedy It's Like, You Know... Jennifer played a hammed-up version of herself with plenty of jokes about how no one knew who she was now because of a botched nose job.

At the time she told the Washington Post: "I decided to make fun of this, to make my fiasco become my reality. After all, it's not cancer, and it's absurd that just a nose job could wreak such havoc."

The show didn't even last a full season. At the time ABC was way more stoked about its new hit Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. You can't find it on DVD, but here's one of the show's old promos.

2001-2009: Family Life
In 2001 Jennifer married actor Clark Gregg (you might know him as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent from the Iron Man movies). On December 3, 2001, Jennifer gave birth to the couple's only child, Stella, and put her career on hold for a while.

For the next five years Jennifer took a break from acting, and since 2006 she has worked only sporadically. Her most recent gigs before DWTS were voice acting for the Disney Channel cartoon Phineas and Ferb, and playing her real-life husband's blind date on The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Jennifer+Grey in P.S. Arts Jennifer Grey, Clark Gregg, and daughter Stella. (Bauer Griffin)

2010: Dancing Champion?
Jennifer Grey is looking more and more like the DWTS front runner, though she's got some stiff competition from the likes of Brandy, Rick Fox, and Audrina Patridge. We can only hope her stint on the show helps springboard a career resurgence.

Jennifer Grey Pictures
  • Jennifer Grey in Celebs At The 'Dancing With The Stars' Practice
  • Jennifer Grey in Dancing with the Stars 2010
  • Jennifer Grey in Premiere Of "Dancing With The Stars" Season 11 - Arrivals
  • Jennifer Grey in DWTS Stars at CBS Studios
  • Jennifer Grey in Jennifer Grey at 'Dancing with the Stars' Rehearsal
  • Jennifer Grey in DWTS Contestants and Dancers Go to Rehearsal
  • Jennifer Grey in DWTS Contestants at Rehearsals
  • Jennifer Grey in DWTS Contestants Leave Rehearsals
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