Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960) is an American actress, best known for playing Frances "Baby" Houseman in the 1987 hit film, Dirty Dancing. Born in New York City, Grey is the daughter of stage and screen actor Joel Grey and the granddaughter of comedian and musician Mickey Katz. She is an alumna of The Dalton School, an elite private school in Manhattan, and studied both dance and acting. Her commercial debut was at the age of 19, in an ad for the Dr Pepper soft drink. After other small roles, she landed the part of angry sister Jeanie in the hit 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The following year she reunited with Patrick Swayze, opposite whom she had played in Red Dawn, for her biggest role ever, Frances "Baby" Houseman in Dirty Dancing. In the early 1990s, Grey submitted to a rhinoplasty that was so botched she required a second plastic surgery to repair the damage. The result was a face so altered that even close friends failed to recognize her, and the major change in her appearance negatively impacted her career. Of the experience she said, "I went in the operating theatre a celebrity - and come out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible."