More than three decades after its launch, dirty dance It is considered a classic of the 80s and one of the most successful films of all time.
Set in the year 1963, the film tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman (played by Jennifer Gray), who has a relationship with dance coach Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze.
dirty dance It has grossed over $214 million worldwide and won an Oscar for the song (I’ve spent) the time of my life.
The audience fell in love with the famous characters, music and dance, including the famous “Lift”.
However, within a few years, Jennifer Gray disappeared from the spotlight.
In 2022, Gray published her memoir, in which she presented one of the reasons her film career did not take off: her nose operation left her unknown to viewers and caused major film studios to stop offering roles.
in outside the corner (Out of the Corner, in free translation), Gray – now 62 – recounts how early in her career, struggling to land roles, her mother, also actress Jo Wilder, suggested that she Lack of work could have something to do with his “Jewish” nose.
The actress also thought that this might be true, but she always refused to do rhinoplasty.
“I was almost 30 years old and had spent a large portion of my adult life trying to love myself and accept myself for who I am,” the actress says. “So going through the hands of a surgeon felt dangerously close to admitting defeat.”
After the great success of dirty danceShe decided to take a chance and told the famous plastic surgeon that she would have an operation to “thin” her nose, but leave the characteristic “puffiness” in the nasal septum.
The procedure was successful, and Gray began to receive more roles and money for the first time in his life.
In 1992 while filming Wind – The power of the windThe film’s cinematographer noticed a piece of cartilage sticking out from the tip of his nose.
The actress spoke with her surgeon and a repair operation was scheduled. But the result of this second surgery will change his life forever.
Once she was able to remove the bandages, Gray was shocked by what she saw in the mirror. “I couldn’t understand what I was seeing. I knew something bad had happened.”
The procedure changed her appearance so much that the public no longer recognized her.
“I felt like I had committed an unforgivable crime: intentionally taking away the one thing that made me special,” Gray says. She knew that her nose was originally a physical connection to her Jewish identity.
In an interview with journalist Katie Couric last May, Gray thought about what had happened.
She said her parents’ families were made up of Jews from Eastern Europe, and when they arrived in the United States, they changed their surnames. And for Jews who worked in the show business (his father is actor Joel Gray, Academy Award winner for nightclub), changing the nose “was natural and considered intelligent.”
“My mum knew how the entertainment industry works and thought it would be easier to get roles because there weren’t many roles for girls who looked like me and were Jewish. There weren’t many opportunities and she wanted me to have more, she wanted me to have the job that she didn’t have. “.
According to the actress, after the first operation she “did not stop working” and realized that her mother “was right”.
When she had to have the second operation, she openly told the surgeon that she liked her nose and “wanted a strong nose.”
After the second operation [o cirurgião] I took off my bandages and something was wrong. He looked at me and said, “I don’t think I’ve seen such a drastic change before.”
“I don’t know what he did,” the actress said in an interview with Katie Couric, “but he changed the proportion of my face… It just looked different in a senseless way.”
“It was the hardest time of my life, lonely and confusing. It was so devastating. It was misunderstood around the world for decades…The lack of generosity and humanity hurt me so much.”
According to Gray, she “couldn’t find a job” or survive after the operation.
“I decided to throw in the towel. I never asked anyone to give me their approval or like me again.”
From then on, she had to find out who she was “without that character, without the ‘Dirty Dancing'”.
“And in that loneliness, I hit rock bottom. And I understood who I was and how worthy I was in a way that no one could ever take from me again.”
According to Gray, it was “extremely difficult” for those close to him who experienced this difficult time.
Actress – who is now working on a sequel to dirty dance She spent years trying to understand why the public had turned their backs on her after changing her appearance.
“At one point I thought they might get to know a lot [a personagem] Baby, they saw themselves in it, because there are quite a few movies where the protagonist looks like them, not perfect or more human. And it hurt them (with the operation) I was saying something, they weren’t enough.”
“I’ve spent many years thinking about it and haven’t found an answer. I just realized no one’s going to save me (…) It was a drama and I realized I was a very strong person,” Grey.
“All the hard things that happened to me changed me and I don’t want to be someone else (…) Now I’m happier than ever and I’m grateful that I survived. And I don’t think of myself or my exile. What I have contributed to this life as a mother and a friend … “
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