Jennifer Grey downplays surgery

Dancing with the Stars winner Jennifer Grey is going to have to have surgery on her back, after participating in the show aggravated an old injury she suffered in a car accident in 1987.  Grey ruptured a disc in her spine during the exceptionally demanding training schedule for DWTS, but instead of slowing down and putting her health first, she continued to dance with the ruptured disc and went on to win.

Now she’s going to have to have surgery, but says it’s no big deal because she’ll be home the same night, and the doctors have told her it won’t be significant compared to other surgeries she’s had in the past.

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough save America

Not only is it good news that Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough won Dancing with the Stars this week, it may have also saved Americans from having to defend themselves against rioting in the streets.  Public disdain for Bristol Palin‘s inexplicable advancement in the competition, despite her sheer lack of skill, was reaching fever pitch in the run-up to the final on Tuesday.

What made it worse was that Bristol said she hoped she would win, not because she thought she was the best dancer, but because she wanted to give a big middle finger to all the haters.  Turns out the middle finger got given back to her, as she got knocked down to third place.  Jennifer Grey was dancing with a ruptured spinal disc, and she still managed to do better than Bristol Palin.

Dirty Dancing Co-Star Jennifer Grey Mourns Patrick Swayze

Jennifer Grey, who co-starred in the romantic classic Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze, will never forget floating in his arms while shooting for the film. Patrick Swayze died Monday at the age of 57 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.

Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

“When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see,” Grey said in a press statement after Swayze’s death on Monday.

Grey called Patrick Swayze a “real cowboy with a tender heart” and said he was a “rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace… so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified.”

“My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family,” Grey said.

Swayze and Grey’s performances in Dirty Dancing catapulted both actors to stardom and the 1987 film became a romantic coming-of-age cult classic.