Jennifer Grey Vies for Everyone's Support Going into 'Dancing with the Stars'

With less than a week to go before the season 11 premiere of Dancing with the Stars, we have an early candidate for the most sympathetic: Jennifer Grey.

Grey looks to start off somewhere near the front of the dancing pack, but she can now expect a boost from the posthumous support of a Hollywood icon. On the September 14 anniversary of Patrick Swayze's death, Grey revealed that her Dirty Dancing co-star was her inspiration in taking the competitive dance plunge. She got past her fears and embraced the challenge of Dancing with the Stars by recalling Swayze's life. Jennifer Grey got additional support in an e-mail from Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, who will be one of the many expected to root in her favor.

Grey has more than just a Swayze sympathy bump going for her. Unlike many of her Dancing with the Stars competitors, Jennifer Grey has a past marked by undeniable talent. Little movies like Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off attest to that. That talent extends into the dancing arena, not only seen in Dirty Dancing but also implied by an illustrious theatrical parentage (her father, Joel Grey, won both a Tony and an Oscar for Cabaret). Grey also has a sympathy card of her own to play. After all, would you want to vote off a thyroid-cancer survivor who lost a career to a bad nose job?

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