18. Writer Eleanor Bergstein based Baby’s life on her own
Baby is based on Dirty Dancing writer Eleanor Bergstein’s younger self. In fact, as well as Baby’s moniker being Bergstein’s own childhood nickname, she too was a Jewish, Brooklyn-born, Catskills-visiting kid whose father who was a doctor. And perhaps most importantly, she also loved to dance.
17. Swayze and Grey didn’t always get along
Swayze wrote in his autobiography that Grey, also his co-star in Red Dawn, “couldn’t stand” him when they auditioned together. And although their relationship eventually mellowed, there were still moments of tension. Indeed, Swayze disliked how emotional and “silly” Grey could be on set.
16. The crew members had to paint some tree leaves green
Dirty Dancing is set during the summer, but unfortunately when the time came to film the outdoor shots, autumn had arrived. As a result, the crew had to improvise. So they spray-painted the yellow leaves green and even glued some of them onto the trees.