Jennifer Grey, the actress and dancer who starred in movies like Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is discussing her career, divorce, and cancer diagnosis in a new memoir, titled, “Out of the Corner”.
In an interview with USA Today, Grey discussed just how candid she meant to be in this book.
“Writing the book forced me to really slow down and examine if the story I’ve been telling was giving me my best life… I got more out of writing this book than all the years of therapy because I wanted to be unflinching in my desire for my truth.”
The discussion opened on Grey’s 2020 divorce from fellow actor Clark Gregg. “What I knew was that there was a certain amount of grace to my ex-husband and I separating. We did it with so much love, and so much care. I’m just so proud of how we navigated something that from what I can tell in the world is not usually (like that). I have never loved him more. I feel enormous gratitude and I love him and care for him.”
Of her relationship with her mother and her influence in Grey’s plastic surgery, she said, “My mother has always loved me and I have always loved my mother. And my mother, I believe, like a lot of mothers – we project onto our kids feelings about ourselves, and also the ways in which we want to protect our children and keep them out of harm’s way.”
Grey knows quite a bit about “harm’s way”. Some may be aware that she not only competed—but won—Dancing With the Stars, but ruptured a disc in her spine during the season. When she visited a doctor, they found that her spine was severely injured from a previous accident, and a sudden impact may cause her paralysis. After that was fixed, the doctors found that she had thyroid cancer.
Grey is currently cancer-free and optimistic for the future.
“List the worst things that have ever happened to you.” I believe that everything that really got my attention like getting my heart broken, getting in a car accident, and being injured – each of them changed me. They changed me for the better, I think of those (lessons) as my teachers. I noticed that if I got through that, I could get through this now.