- Although she grew up in a showbiz family, her famous father forbade her from acting until she was 18.
- First professional job was a Dr Pepper commercial.
- Film debut was in 1984's Reckless.
- Big break came when she snagged the role of Frances "Baby" Houseman in 1987's Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze; she'd appeared earlier with Swayze in Red Dawn.
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