dirty dance star Jennifer Gray opens with the nose job that she says cost her a career in Hollywood. In an interview with The New York Times to promote his next memoirs, out of the corner, Gray describes the impact of plastic surgery on his life: “Overnight, I lose my identity and my career.
Both operations, which Gray calls “schnozzageddon,” took place after Gray starred as Baby Houseman opposite Patrick Swayze in the 1987 hit Dirty dance. “After dirty dance, I was America’s sweetheart, which you said would be the key to unlocking all my hopes and dreams,” Gray wrote in her memoir. “But it didn’t happen that way.” Gray remembers that after dirty dance, there still wasn’t “a surplus of roles for actresses who looked like me”. She was apparently told her nose was “a problem”, with a plastic surgeon wondering after watching the film why she didn’t have nose surgery.
“My so-called ‘problem’ wasn’t really a problem for me, but since it seemed to be a problem for other people and didn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, by default it became my problem,” she wrote. “It was as simple as the nose on my face.”
After consulting with her mother and three plastic surgeons, Gray underwent two rhinoplasty surgeries to “refine” her nose. A second surgery sought to correct an irregularity caused by the first, but left her nose “truncated” and “eclipsed” – rendering Gray virtually unrecognizable to people she had known for years.
Gray painfully remembers being unrecognized by photographers and becoming a national punchline due to her plastic surgeries. “Being misunderstood on the world stage was very painful,” Gray said. The temperature.
Her memoir also details a tragic incident in which Gray and her former boyfriend and Ferris Bueller’s day off costar Matthew Broderick were in a car crash in Ireland that left two people dead. Gray, who was a passenger in the car while Broderick drove, had to undergo spinal surgery following the head-on collision 30 years after the incident.
“We were so young,” Gray said The temperature. “And not a week goes by that I don’t think about it. That I don’t think of families. That I don’t think about Matthew. It’s just in me. It is part of my topographical map, the landscape of my life.
Now at 62 and recently divorced from Clark Gregg, his partner of 19 years, Gray is ready to embark on the next chapter of his life. “The truth is,” she said The temperature, “When I had all the good stuff, I certainly wasn’t even close to the freedom I feel today.”
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