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In her new best-selling memoir, Jennifer Grey talks about her rough years after “Dirty Dancing.”

Over the years, we’ve read many celebrity autobiographies that were both fascinating and shocking. Several new autobiographies by famous people, like Viola Davis’s memoir and Molly Shannon’s new book, are already on the shelves. Jennifer Grey, who was a big star in the 1980s, also wrote a memoir. In it, she talks about her time in Hollywood, when she was in Dirty Dancing, and a lot more. Right now, the book is a best seller on Amazon.

Out of the Corner is a deep look at Grey’s life growing up in the entertainment business as the daughter of Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey. The title is, of course, a reference to a famous line from the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, where Grey’s late co-star Patrick Swayze says, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Just from the title, you can tell that Grey’s rise to fame in the 1980s is a big part of the book, and she’s already given hints about what’s to come.

In an interview with the New York Times, Grey talked about how quickly she became famous after Dirty Dancing and how hard it was for her to find more acting jobs after that. “After Dirty Dancing, I was America’s sweetheart, which you would think would be the key to unlocking all my hopes and dreams,” the NYT quotes the Out of the Corner author. “But that’s not how it happened. For one thing, there didn’t seem to be a surplus of parts for actresses who looked like me. My “problem” wasn’t really a problem for me, but since it seemed to be a problem for other people and wasn’t going away soon, it became my problem by default. It was so obvious that I couldn’t miss it.”

‘Out of the Corner: A Memoir’ by Jennifer Grey
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In Grey’s memoir, she talks more about her decision to have rhinoplasty (mentioned in the quote above), the ups and downs of her career after that, and her personal problems, including (but not limited to) romantic relationships. Grey approaches this reflection on her life with a healthy dose of humor, revealing intimate details in each chapter. Fans of the actress and her movies like Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more are sure to find the book hard to put down. If you like reading about the past, this memoir is a must-have for your bookshelf.