Jennifer Gray is celebrating her 60th birthday on March 26. The US actress has participated in several film and television productions in her career. Most recently she was seen in the doctors series "Grey's Anatomy" in 2019 and in 2020 in "The Conners". But Jennifer Gray is best known for one role: Baby from "Dirty Dancing" (1987). The dance film has cult status. The chemistry between Gray and her co-star Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) aka Johnny Castle was just right. It crackled tremendously in front of the camera. What is Dirty Dancing about?
Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Gray) spends the summer of 1963 with her parents and sister in the "Kellerman's" holiday resort. Shortly after arrival, she noticed the mysterious and cool dance teacher Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). By chance Baby jumps in as his dance partner. The two come closer. When their affair blows up, Johnny has to face the consequences and baby's heart breaks … These are three of the most memorable and iconic moments from the film.
"I carried a watermelon"
The first real encounter between Baby and Johnny takes place in the private area of the hotel employees. They are holding a hot dance party. Baby lands there after she strolls to meet Johnny’s cousin Billy Kostecki (Neal Jones). He balances with three watermelons and Baby takes one from him. When Johnny discovers Baby at the party and asks what she is doing here, the iconic sentence follows: "I was wearing a watermelon!" Johnny turns around without comment and goes dancing again. Embarrassing, as baby also stunned.
Despite the messed up first contact between Baby and Johnny, the two develop feelings for each other through their joint dance lessons. In order to steal time for two, Baby still has dance lessons after her big appearance at Johnny. With one, however, he cannot keep his hands with him and is not concentrated. Baby then mimicks Johnny's dance instructions, which he used to say to her during training. She explains to him about his dance area and arm position and asks him to look her in the eye.
Johnny throws himself "frustrated" on the floor, Baby continues to dance – to a screen. They speak or sing "Love Is Strange" by the duo Mickey & Sylvia, which is about a "Lover Boy". Baby and Johnny get closer and closer in their performance and dance tightly in the studio. Finally, you can prevent them from catching Neil Kellerman (Lonny Price), who is related to the resort owner, in the last second.
"My baby belongs to me"
Johnny leaves the resort early after the baby affair has been discovered. However, he returns on the last evening of the season. Because he always dances the last dance of summer. To do this, he takes baby away from her family and tells her father, who is against the liaison: "My baby belongs to me!" The couple then put an impressive dance performance to the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – including a perfectly shaped lifting figure. The culmination of "Dirty Dancing".