The 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey called Dirty Dancing is one of those films that has gone down in history. This iconic flick is known as one of the greatest films of all time with Oscar and Grammy-winning music that beat out both Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen on the charts. Dirty Dancing blew audiences away with the romantic story of a young girl named ‘Baby’ who falls in love with a camp dance instructor named Johnny Castle while vacationing at a Catskills resort with her family, plus it has some great dancing, of course! It’s been over 30 years since the film was released, and we’ve decided to take a look back at the making of the film. Here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know about Dirty Dancing:
10. Casting Decisions
Kelly Bishop was originally cast to play Vivian Pressman, the “bungalow bunny,” when the woman who was cast as Mrs. Houseman developed an illness and had to back out of her role. Directors took Kelly Bishop out of her randy resort cougar role and shifted her over to the role of Baby’s mother. To fill her previous role the directors asked assistant choreographer, Miranda Garrison, to act as Vivian. The success of the movie and Bishop’s character change ultimately lead to her long-running role as Lauren Graham’s mother on Gilmore Girls.