After filming on Dirty Dancing completed, but before the movie's release, Jennifer Grey and her then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick
were involved in a horrific, fatal car accident.
On Aug. 5, 1987, the pair were in Northern Ireland on vacation when the accident occurred. He was 25. She was 27.
As Broderick drove their rented BMW along a country road in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, he apparently ended up in the opposite lane, smashing head-on into a car carrying a mother and daughter, tragically killing both instantly.
Broderick suffered a fractured leg and ribs, collapsed lung and concussion. He spent the next four weeks in hospital. Grey escaped with minor injuries.
Tests showed that Broderick had not been drinking. He was unable to recall the incident saying "I don't remember the day. I don't remember even getting up in the morning. I don't remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg."
He was initially charged with the British crime of 'causing death by dangerous driving' and faced up to five years behind bars. He was later convicted of the lesser charge of 'careless driving' and given only a small fine - which the victims stunned family called "a travesty of justice" at the time.
Dirty Dancing hit movie theaters just days after the accident.
But Jennifer was traumatized, saying "The juxtaposition of that deep sorrow, the survivor's guilt, and then being celebrated as the new big thing just didn't jibe. It didn't feel good to be the toast of the town", adding in another interview "That movie's about a loss of innocence, and I feel like when that movie came out, 6 days before, I was in a car crash where a mother and daughter were killed, and I feel like my life changed, and that was a loss of my innocence."
She sadly never fully recovered from the trauma, effectively retiring from showbiz at just 27 years old for many years; "My head was never the same, my ambition was ever the same."
Both stars have confirmed that they are sill haunted by events on that lonely Irish road. Even today.