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HOT GALLERY: 27 Years Later, Looking Back at the Stars of Dirty Dancing
It’s just one of those movies that stays with you. Dirty Dancing was a love story, first and foremost, but not just between its leads (Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze); it’s an ode to the music and dance of the early ’60s. And, oh, the music: The soundtrack produced a big hit for star Patrick Swayze—“She’s Like the Wind”—as well as relaunching decades-old hits like “Cry to Me,” “Be My Baby,” and “Do You Love Me.” And that memorable final dance, set to “Time of My Life,” remains a touchstone of cinematic (and romantic) triumph, most recently making a seductive appearance in last year’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. Let’s look back at Dirty Dancing 27 years later... By Nina Hämmerling Smith
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Cynthia Rhodes in 2002
Trained as a dancer and gymnast, Rhodes had already appeared in Flashdance and Staying Alive before being cast in Dirty Dancing. A minor pop sensation herself as lead singer of Animotion, Rhodes starred in ’80s music videos like Toto’s “Rosanna” and Richard Marx’s “Don’t Mean Nothing”—the latter of which was fateful, as she and Marx got married two years later, in 1989. The couple have three sons together. Sadly, they announced their separation in 2014.