In the time following their iconic role, Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey were facing personal struggles. Broderick and Grey, who had fallen in love on the set of Ferris Bueller and were at one point engaged, were vacationing together in Northern Ireland in August of 1987. Ferris had come out the year earlier, making Matthew Broderick a bona fide movie star. Jennifer Grey’s star-making turn in Dirty Dancing had been filmed, and the movie was about to be released. One night on their vacation in Ireland, the rented BMW that Broderick was driving crashed into another automobile, killing two people, a mother and a daughter. Broderick was hospitalized with a broken leg; Grey was hospitalized with shock. Broderick, who told reporters at the time that he couldn’t remember anything about the accident, was accused of driving on the wrong side of the road (in Ireland, they drive on the left). Ultimately, he pled guilty to careless driving and was fined the equivalent of $175. Of the accident, he told 60 Minutes II in 2004, “I live with it all the time. You think about it and bear it, and then you go on with your life. That’s what you do. That’s what I do.”
Dirty Dancing came out two weeks after the car crash. Grey curtailed her publicity appearances for the film so she could help Broderick recuperate. The two remained together for a time, sharing an apartment in Manhattan, but soon afterward, the relationship fell apart.
Deleted scene from The Breakfast Club (1985)
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