Jennifer Gray reflects on the devastating car accident she suffered with Matthew Broderick in a new interview with ET shared on Thursday.
The 62-year-old Dirty Dancing star has opened up about the crash, which happened on August 5, 1987 in Northern Ireland, while promoting his new book Out Of The Corner: A Memoir.
“The car crash in Ireland was, I would say, the top three traumas of my life, maybe the first,” the actress said, admitting it still haunts her to this day.
Bad days: Jennifer Gray called Matthew Broderick’s 1987 car crash – which killed two women in Northern Ireland – one of the ‘top three traumas of my life’ in an interview with ET on Thursday; seen together in 1987
“It’s very hard to describe when you have a near-death experience and you’re there for other people’s deaths,” Jennifer continued. “Being alone on a country road in the middle of nowhere with no one else around or aware was pretty terrifying…It led to so many other things in my life.”
She and Matthew were on holiday in Northern Ireland after starting a secret relationship while filming their hit comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, released in 1986.
Matthew was driving a BMW they had rented when he crossed the center line and hit a car driven by Margaret Doherty, 63, and her daughter Anna Gallagher, 28.
Both women were killed instantly in the accident and Matthew was left unconscious with serious injuries.
Devastating: They were driving a rental car in Northern Ireland when Matthew drifted over the center line and hit the other car. The two women in it were killed, and he was seriously injured and unconscious.
Terrifying: ‘I was the only living witness as Matthew had survived but was unconscious with amnesia and very badly injured. I thought he was dead,’ she shared; seen in 1987
Jennifer found the incident particularly traumatic, as she was the only person still alive and conscious after the wreckage while alone on the road.
“I was the only living witness, as Matthew had survived, but he was unconscious, amnesiac and very badly injured. I thought he was dead,’ she shared, emotion rising in her voice. “I didn’t even know there were two other women who were tragically killed at the time. It’s just something you don’t come back from the same way.
The accident dogged Broderick for years, and some fans spread rumors about its cause, but Gray claimed there was nothing sinister about the events leading up to the accident.
“I didn’t have any information that people seemed to think I had because they wanted an answer and there was no answer because it was an accident,” she said. ‘And [Matthew] was a good driver and no one drank. It was just an accident. And it was tragic, and I always think about the family in Ireland.
Workplace romance: She and Broderick started dating and got engaged while filming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in 1986 (pictured)
Embittered: The couple were on vacation after Jennifer wrapped filming her classic romance Dirty Dancing, which starred Patrick Swayze, but its aftermath made it difficult for them to take advantage of the strong reaction to the film
The couple were on vacation after Jennifer wrapped filming her classic romance Dirty Dancing, which starred Patrick Swayze, but its aftermath made it difficult for her to take advantage of the strong backlash to the film.
She and Broderick, who had become engaged while filming Ferris Bueller, would separate shortly after the 1988 accident.
Broderick then married Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997 and Gray was married to actor Clark Gregg from 2001 to 2021.
After her brief romance with Broderick, Gray rebounded with another high-profile relationship with Johnny Depp.
Moving on: After her brief romance with Broderick, Gray rebounded with another high-profile relationship with Johnny Depp, though she accused him of being “jealous and paranoid mad” in her memoir; seen in 1989
‘We were young… For me, this guy was the answer to my problems. This guy was sweet, loving, romantic, crazy about me, and gorgeous. I desperately needed to bounce back into something that felt like 1989 Johnny Depp,’ she recounted. “Believe me, it was a very soft landing. It was necessary. I was bleeding inside and this guy saved me and just made me…not feel what I was feeling.
But Jennifer also accused her former love of being “crazy jealous and paranoid” in her memoir.
“All I can say about this lawsuit is that it breaks my heart for everyone involved,” Gray said of Depp’s ongoing libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. . “I just think it’s sad and I would like it to be resolved and I just wish everyone well.
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