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"Dirty Dancing" Commemorates 25th Anniversary

Ron Wolfson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Twenty five years ago on Tuesday, moviegoers had the time of their lives.

Dirty Dancing, starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, was released on Aug. 21, 1987.  Grey played Frances "Baby" Houseman, who in the 1960s visits upstate New York with her family and falls for her camp's dance instructor, Swayze's Johnny Castle.  Her character's name is referenced in Swayze's memorable line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

The film is also notable for its soundtrack -- specifically, the song "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life," which won an Oscar in 1988 for best original song.

Longtime film critic Leonard Maltin says he personally doesn't consider Dirty Dancing to be a classic, but he concedes, "The definition of a classic is something that has stood the test of time.  And in that sense it's a classic, because people love and cherish and remember this movie."

A follow-up film that recycled the plot of the original movie, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004.  A remake of the original, to be directed by Kenny Ortega of the High School Musical films, is due out sometime in 2014.

The 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing will be commemorated with celebrations across the country, including one at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night with Grey.

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Jennifer Grey's OK with 'Dirty Dancing' Remake

Ron Wolfson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hard-core Dirty Dancing fans aren't happy about this week's news that a remake is in the works, but the film just received some significant support.

Jennifer Grey, who starred opposite the late Patrick Swayze in the 1987 original, tweeted Tuesday, “I love Kenny Ortega and trust that he will do something special [with the Dirty Dancing remake.]”

Later, she tweeted, "Blown away by all of the love expressed for #DirtyDancing. Makes me want to see it again. So grateful to have been a part of it."

Ortega, who oversaw the choreography for the original film, will direct the remake.  More recently, he directed the hit High School Musical movie franchise, as well as the posthumous Michael Jackson concert film This It It.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Grey added via her publicist, “I’m so excited about this news and I think there’s nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one.  I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with it.”

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Actress Jennifer Grey on the Mend Following Back Surgery

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(MARINA DEL REY, Calif.) -- Actress Jennifer Grey is recovering from surgery to repair a disc in her back that ruptured prior to her winning Season 11 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, reports

Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr. tells the website he removed "a huge fragment" from Grey’s back during a procedure last week.  Grey reportedly sustained the injury during the first night of the Dancing with the Stars two-part season finale, and almost had to withdraw from the competition.

Grey tells, "I'm still recovering at home.  I have to rest a bit more, but I feel great, completely pain free."

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Jennifer Grey to Have Surgery for Ruptured Disc

Photo Courtesy - ABC/ADAM LARKEY(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars champ Jennifer Grey is headed from the dance floor to the operating room because of a ruptured disc in her lower back. Dr. Robert Bray, Grey's neurologic spine surgeon and medical director of the DISC Sports and Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, Calif., said he would perform a microdiscectomy on the 50-year-old actress later this week. The surgery involves removing a very large disc fragment that broke off, and then repairing the hole in the disc.

"The disc fragment is about 17 millimeters, which is very large," said Bray. "It won't get better and will get progressively worse. She's starting to feel some weakness, so it's the only option."

Grey ruptured her disc the night before her final dance with partner Derek Hough and was briefly hospitalized.

"I did not think I was going to be able to dance," Grey told Good Morning America after the show's finale.

The injury was yet another painful event in a year that had already taken its physical toll on the actress. Bray said she had four neck surgeries this year. One of these surgeries involved inserting a plate in her neck, while she had other surgeries to remove a cancerous thyroid. Grey suffered a severe neck injury after a serious car accident in 1987, and has suffered from chronic pain ever since.

"Her head was falling off forward. She had a 30-degree angulation of her neck," said Bray.

Bray said the night before the final round of dancing, Grey ruptured a disc in her lower back.

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Jennifer Grey on 'Dancing With the Stars' Win

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- After a night of fierce competition in the ballroom where Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough took home the coveted mirror-ball trophy, the Dancing With the Stars winners and finalists appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday and dished on the exhilarating experience.

"It was a rollercoaster this entire season," said Hough, who was Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey's professional dance partner.  "There were some times that we didn't think that we would carry on."

Grey, 50, became the season 11 champion of Dancing With the Stars, coming out on top based on an equal combination of judges' scores and viewers' votes.  Although she topped the judges' scorecards with regularity this season, it was not without a struggle.

During her finale freestyle to "Do You Love Me," where Grey shimmied her heart out, she also ruptured a disc in her back, and wasn't sure if her injury would keep her from dancing in Tuesday night's two-hour season finale for the title.

"I did not think I was going to be able to dance," Grey said on GMA.

"I'm feeling great," she added.  "This dance experience was so much more difficult [than Dirty Dancing where] I learned basically one dance over the course of months.  It was a completely different level of dancing."

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Jennifer Grey Claims Victory on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Photo Courtesy - ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Grey went from "Dirty Dancing" to ballroom dancing and was crowned the champion Tuesday, along with pro partner Derek Hough, of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."  The actress had the time of her life on season 11 of the ABC reality series, receiving perfect “tens” from the judges for two dance routines on Monday and an elegant Viennese waltz Tuesday.

After learning she was the winner, Grey told host Tom Bergeron she didn't think she was going to compete Tuesday, but was really glad she did.  The actress had revealed earlier in the evening that she had been diagnosed with a ruptured disc in her back and was unsure she would be able to perform.

Disney Channel star Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer finished second, while Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas were third.  Bristol said the show was "a life-changing experience."

Bristol Palin's mother, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, answered "no, not at all" when asked if she was disappointed by her daughter's loss.  "She’s had the journey of, you know, the challenge and the improvement and  the work ethic," Palin said.  "This has been all about work ethic and perseverance and, you know, no, I couldn’t be prouder. She's happy. She’s very happy."

The couples were judged on two dances before the winner was announced: an individual performance followed by a continuous Cha Cha Challenge to Pink's "Raise Your Glass."  Each couple took a turn strutting their stuff.

To determine this season's champion, the judges' scores from Monday night were combined with their Tuesday scores and viewer votes.  Tom Bergeron said the show recorded more viewer votes for this installment than any of the past 10 seasons.

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'Dancing with the Stars': Grey Delivers Two Perfect Performances

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(LOS ANGELES) -- Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough delivered two perfect performances on Monday's Dancing with the Stars and lead the competition going into Tuesday's season finale.  Grey received perfect tens from all three judges for two dance routines, giving her a total score of 60 out of a possible 60.  Judge Bruno Tonioli said both of Grey’s dances were "equally brilliant."

Disney Channel star Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer are in second place with a score of 56 out of 60, while Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas are third with a total judges' score of 52 out of 60.

Reacting to media reports that some people don't think Palin deserves to still be in the competition, the teen advocate said, "It sucks." She went on to say that she and Mark Ballas continue to improve each week, but people "don’t acknowledge that."

Palin didn't comment on rumors that Tea Party members are voting to keep her in the competition.  Her mom, Tea Party favorite, Sarah Palin, was once again in the audience to cheer for Bristol.

Just 14 percent of the participants in an ABC News/Washington Post poll believe Palin advanced to the finals because of her dancing skills, while 54 percent think she remains in the competition due to votes she purportedly received from her mother’s supporters.

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Jennifer Grey to Dance to 'Dirty Dancing' Theme Song in 'DWTS'?

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night is the final performance night of Dancing with the Stars, so that means it's also the last night that Jennifer Grey can do what a lot of fans have probably been hoping she'll do all season -- dance to her Dirty Dancing signature song, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."  Is it going to happen?  The man who wrote the song says it's possible, and likely probable.

Franke Previte, who co-wrote "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" -- and won an Oscar for it, too -- says that he's received a request from Dancing with the Stars for permission to use the song, as well as an inquiry about how much it would cost. 

Previte tells ABC News Radio, "Usually when they ask you for [those things], it means something's going on. I can't tell you for sure, but there's a good chance."

As for whether or not Grey will beat Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey and become the DWTS champ, Previte says he'd be "shocked" if Grey didn't win, adding, "She just has this thing about her.  There's this magic about her when she dances.  Even when she's in pain, she pulls it out."

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Jennifer Grey Takes Lead in 'Dancing with the Stars' Semifinals

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey is the one to beat on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after the actress and her partner, Derek Hough, delivered a double dance performance Monday that received perfect scores across the board from the judges.

Grey and Hough lead with a perfect score of 60, while Disney Channel star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer find themselves in second place with a score of 58 out of a possible 60.

Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy are in third with a score of 57, while Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas once again find themselves at the bottom of the leader board, with a score of 53 out of a possible 60.

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'Dancing with the Stars': Jennifer Grey, Brandy Share Lead Again

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group(LOS ANGELES) -- For the second straight week, Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey and pro partner Derek Hough share the lead with singer Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, after both couples scored a 57 out of a possible 60 from the ballroom judges Monday.

Also for the second week in a row, Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas find themselves at the bottom of the leader board with a combined judges’ score of 47 out of 60.

Each couple performed two routines Monday: their regular weekly ballroom performance and an “Instant Dance” challenge that required them to choreograph a performance after learning the name of the song just minutes before hitting the dance floor.  They'd been told the dance style ahead of time.

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