The romantic drama dance film, Dirty Dancing, started from humble beginnings, but the forces behind it never gave up on their story, fervently pushing forward despite all obstacles. While the film was nearly scrapped, the cast and crew did all that they could do to keep it going, undeterred by challenges. They believed in their work, and so they should have, considering it triumphantly turned out to become an 80s classic.
The movie gave us a timeless story that shall keep on inspiring us, and gain new audiences, year after year. It also gifted us a soundtrack that forever links us to it—the feel of the times synonymous to life love, and romance. Revisit Dirty Dancing through this article. Learn for the first time what happened behind the scenes between its actors, and crew; all the concomitant events that led to its worldwide success.
Baby Was A Real Person
When writer, Eleanor Bergstein, was asked to conceive a story for a new screenplay, she paused to look back at her own experiences. Curating her past, this one experience she had with a dance instructor stood out, and she made this the foundation of Baby’s story; essentially the first draft had been stowed in her mind for years.
Eleanor’s nickname as a young girl was Baby, and that name quickly transitioned into the character. Adding more details to Baby, she was Jewish, and her family was from Brooklyn, taking a regular summer vacation in the Catskill Mountains. Her father was a doctor. She liked to dance. She even competed in dance competitions at the time, and the story goes on closely interwoven with the writer’s own childhood.