Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Jennifer Grey

When a resume has starring roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, you must be an ’80s darling with a fantastic career ahead of you. Matthew Broderick and Patrick Swayze did just fine, but whatever happened to Jennifer Grey? In case you haven’t brushed up on your ’80s starlets in a while, Grey was Bueller’s sister in the John Hughes film and the Baby of “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” fame. You’ve definitely seen her be snarky and get lifted in a lake. But if you saw her today, you’d have no idea.

Grey was known for her nose, but as her career slowed down a touch in the early ’90s, she got a nose job. She left the operating table with a smaller nose that looked completely different. The plastic surgery left her unrecognizable, which made casting all the more difficult — she probably had to whip out her ID and an old headshot at every audition. Grey once said, “It was the nose job from hell. I’ll always be this once-famous actress nobody ­recognizes because of a nose job.”