August 20th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

Jennifer Grey on 'Dirty Dancing's' 25th anniversary

Ready to feel old? The '80s classic "Dirty Dancing" celebrates its 25th anniversary Tuesday and star Jennifer Grey has been dancing her way across the country to help fans celebrate.

Grey partnered with Skinny Cow Ice Cream & Candy to host a series of "Dirty Dancing" screenings. During the tour’s stop in Atlanta, she visited CNN to talk about the movie and her late co-star Patrick Swayze.

“I always thought of Patrick as being so vulnerable,” she said. “Everything he did he did so fully, but I could always see in him, this beautiful, beautiful vulnerability and I think that's one of the many things that make him someone that we all miss.”

CNN's iReporters also had plenty of questions for Grey, whose career spans more than 25 years and includes roles in "Red Dawn" and "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."

Katie Gardner asked if Grey was still planning to pen her autobiography.

“I decided to wait till I was a little bit older,” Grey said. “I'm not interested in writing a book that would make other people uncomfortable and I don't know how you write a book like that, so I just decided to think more about how it would make other people feel about reading the book and it kind of made me lose interest.”

Thanks to Katie and all of our iReporters for submitting such great questions. For more interviews, and to find out who we’re talking to next, visit our CNN iReport Interview page.

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  1. omgitsyary

    i LOOOOOVEEEEEE Dirty Dancing. I got inspired to write about why! http://agurlwithcurls.blogspot.com/2012/08/dirty-dancing-turns-25.html

    August 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. omgitsyary

    I LOOOOOOOVEEEEEEE Dirty Dancing! I got inspired to write about why http://agurlwithcurls.blogspot.com/2012/08/dirty-dancing-turns-25.html

    August 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimmer

    25th anniversary?

    Yes, the movie has stood the test of time, in that it still sucks goat scrotum 25 years later.

    August 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. granny25

    dumb movie

    August 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vryfrawy

    the comments are awful. some people need to regroup.

    August 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. desperato

    lord almighty how deperate can someone be.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hallie

    stop computing its over we all know, now shut up and get ready for something to do today.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. hallie

    stop computing its over we all know, now shut and get ready for something to do today.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shut up JP

    JP, shut your pie hole. Ridiculous stories breed ridiculous comments. On the topic of this dreck, I did enjoy had Jennifer 'reconsidered' writing her autobiography after..blah dee blah. I think the reality was that nobody was going to by that self serving cr@p and she didn't want to have to see it on the shelf at the Dollar Tree while panhandling!

    August 21, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Patrick's hands

    wonder if patrick had "big" hands

    August 21, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Trip

    Big nose...

    August 21, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Trip

    Big means she has a big... Or is that feet?

    August 21, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jackie

    dirty dancing is an all time fave of mine. RIP Patrick. Patrick And Jennifer made that movie ! People of all races have big noses not everyone is perfect. Jealousy is all i read noz

    August 21, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Felix Green

    What a bunch of foolishness. Some people can never hold to the subject.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. pia

    WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE YOU PEOPLE SPEAK OF? I GO ON MY BOAT NOW TO MY BELOVED MEXICO. I HAVE NOT LEFT YET MIS AMIGOS.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  16. Just Say'n

    I would just like to know what the movie Hunger Games has to do with the movie Dirty Dancing???

    August 21, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. talkic.com

    I'm surprised that she hasn't done any reality tv crap.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sokman

    I never understood how people enjoyed this movie. Wasn't she like 16 & him about 30? If a mother can call that a love story I pity their children.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. LKG

    She has to be one of the most envied women ever. 52 years old and still has the body of a woman half her age.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. vic h

    I think the funniest part Pat ever played was on saturday night live when he played the Gay Guy on the horse. I laugh anytime i think about it.....lol.see

    August 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Leon peris

    Great movie.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Edward Mezvinsky

    Keep the cards and letters comming.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kirk Douglas

    Rob reiner will beat depression.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  24. shaynermaven

    Awww. She's just a lovely woman, always was. Loved her 'look' in the 80's with the curly hair. Even her old nose was great. Please don't stop dancing, Jennifer! Your spirit soars in movement, and in doing so you honor Patrick, his widow, all the fans, and yourself! You are a tribute to your wonderful father too.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Fat & Lazy

    Obama is a terrible President and we must vote the guy out of office.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • wally

      @fat and Lazy – I guess your name says it all, because you couldn't even be bothered to read the article. I hope the marketing company paying you by the post withholds payment for this one!

      August 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeahright

      This coming from someone who voted for Bush twice!

      August 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Michael Caliazzo

    We all reallly miss Patrick.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  27. the_dude

    Your face looks weird....it looks like it is all chopped up

    August 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Suzanne kieckers

    Congratulations, dirty dancing is still my favorite movie today. Keep showing the movie on tv and cable.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Patrick

    Patrick was a one-of-a-kind performer and icon. His story is a surreal reminder that longevity is never a promise and that we must all attempt to live each day as pruductive and happy as we can....while honoring love and forgiveness. What a great man. Instead of the temptation to bow your head in grief upon the passing of someone with such character and suave, it's important for our own well-being and productivity to grow from what they leave behind and the thrills they gave us – "to not only never giving up your dreams......but to dream Big and persevere through obstacles, odds and challenges to get to where you want to be." Acting was so fun, especially in the lifetime that was given to me, to be there for all of you.

    August 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  30. LOL

    squeeze squeeze

    August 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dave

    Jennufer Grey always had nice squeezable thingies.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  32. denetra and katniss--the same person?

    hmmmmmmmm

    August 20, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  33. Danetra

    I am an African American lady and can't dance to well. Everyone just laughs at me when I try. I still like this move thought. Katniss is awesome.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  34. For people who do not dance...no biggie...

    my father never danced, my uncles slow dance..Pops is 78yrs and he has another agenda when they go out, sneaks to the bar ordering martini's, sneaks outside with the boys for a cigar..he has a completely different agenda when they go out. LOL

    August 20, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • and....

      we spend 1/2 the night looking for him..his nephews cover for him of course and say they can't find him.....we say...where's daddy, where's uncle, where's my father..then my mother says.where's my husband, did you see daddy? where is your brother? ..the light bulb goes off and she says i'm gonna kill him-there he is puffing his cigar. my parents really know how to have fun when they go out don't they? lololol

      August 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Slow Dancing

    if its the right guy, i could slow dance to dude looks like a lady..ha!

    August 20, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Slow Dancing

      if its right i can slow dance to a motley crue song...i would not hear a thing..True That!

      August 20, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  36. have a birthday

    Grow up, people.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  37. Dirty Dancing

    Patrick is very missed. he was so young. Dirty Dancing will live on!

    August 20, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  38. bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

    If Bristol Palin had been in that movie they would have had to name it " Dirty Cow ".

    August 20, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  39. Pern

    Ghost was my favorite movie.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  40. Electra

    He was another one of my favorite actors. R.I.P. Patrick.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  41. Katnizz

    I liked the hungry games movie better. Watched it yesterday. It is lots better than people let on. Honestly, it's the best movie I've seen in a while.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Danetra

      Me too. The Hunger Games was incredible. The best made movie I have seen in forever. It wasn't silly. No overboard special effects. Not boring. It was an all around Great Movie.

      August 20, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Electra

      I want to check out The Hunger Games. I hope it's as good as you say. They don't make movies like they used to.

      August 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. ktina

    One of my favorite movies ever...I used to watch Dirty Dancing over and over, which drove my mom crazy! lol

    August 20, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  43. Ava

    Patrick S. was the entire movie otherwise the storyline was dumb

    August 20, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  44. Shyla

    strong statement Laquanda and one that will affect many forever...

    August 20, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Laquanda Chantay

      Thanks. :). I bet she can smell dirty socks miles and miles away. (she got plastic surgery though. You can't even tell it is her. I think she should have kept the giant trademark honker. It made her cute)

      August 20, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Gort

      Hilarious jealousy from some of these ersatz females. Keep padding it,"sister."

      August 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Laquanda Chantay

    Is she the girl with the giant whopper pelican noze? Some white girls sure got huge noses. I bet they can smell stuff from miles away. Maybe kafeltafish.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Learn how to spell

      whats a "noze"???

      August 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Naynay

      A noze is what you call a nose if it is stopped up or you have the flu. It's a scientific term I think. Ask someone who has the bad cold what is wrong and they say "my noze iz stopped up".

      August 20, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Says the person with the n**gr name....

      August 20, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Vero

      I bet you have a huge nose and lis that could be used as someone's spare tire or an inner tube for the beach lol.

      August 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vero

      I meant lips....u g l y u ain't got no alibi

      August 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • granny25

      And your lips could taste watermellon a mile away too!!!

      August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vero

      Just to emphasize that being put into a specific ethnic background and have the bodily characteristics made fun of really stinks. Be nice if everybody could just compliment on acting ability and not looks.

      August 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I agree about us not stereotypeing people. Especially ladies with nice thingies. Everytime I watch that movie I always think why doesn't Patrick S just grab ahold of those sweater puppies and give them a squeeze. Just a little squeeze even. I mean, gosh.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jp

      Seriously people? Why are you feeding this obvious, racist troll? His comment is bad enough without all of your racist replies. Where is the damned monitor?

      August 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmer

      "It's a scientific term I think. Ask someone who has the bad cold what is wrong and they say "my noze iz stopped up".

      That is not a scientific term. It is something a dumb knee grow would say.

      August 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |

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