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  • Joel Gray is a theater icon, greatest recognized for taking part in the unique Grasp of Ceremonies in Cabaret 
  • Joel has two kids along with his ex-wife, Jo
  • Joel got here out as homosexual on the age of 82

Joel Gray is among the most well-known Broadway actors of all time and even received the Tony Lifetime Achievement Award in 2023. Sweetly sufficient, his daughter, Soiled Dancing star Jennifer Gray, personally handed him the award after giving an emotional speech. “I’m so inspired by my dad. By the sheer breadth of his work, his love of life,” she gushed. “As someone who has clung to his every move my entire life his incredible career only pales in comparison to the accomplishment of how he lives his life, his gigantic heart. This world is just markedly better for him being here.”

Joel, who has additionally received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award, has two children: Jennifer and his son, James. Joel shares each of his children along with his first and solely spouse, Jo Wilder, whom he married in 1958. The pair divorced after 20 years of marriage, and Joel got here out as homosexual. Be taught extra about Joel’ds children beneath, together with Jennifer’s response to him popping out later in life.

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Joel Gray and Jennifer Gray arrived on the 76th Annual Tony Awards in 2023 (Photograph: Shutterstock)

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer’s Profession

Jennifer is Jo and Joel’s first little one and was born in New York Metropolis in 1960. She is greatest recognized for her roles in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, wherein she scared the display with Matthew Broderick, and 1987’s movie, Soiled Dancing, wherein she starred reverse the late Patrick Swayze. Jennifer’s profession slowed down, apparently sufficient, after she had a nostril job. “I spent so much energy trying to figure out what I did wrong, why I was banished from the kingdom,” she mirrored in her 2022 memoir, Out of the Nook (by way of PEOPLE). “That’s a lie. I banished myself.”

Jennifer had her nostril carried out not as soon as, however twice. She mentioned she regretted them each — particularly after Michael Douglas noticed her at a film premiere shortly after and had no concept who she was. “That was the first time I had gone out in public,” she advised PEOPLE. “And it became the thing, the idea of being completely invisible, from one day to the next. In the world’s eyes, I was no longer me.”

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Jennifer Gray poses post-rhinoplasty (Photograph: Everett)

“And the weird thing was that thing that I resisted my whole life, and the thing I was so upset with my mother for always telling me I should do my nose. I really thought it was capitulating,” she continued. “I really thought it meant surrendering to the enemy camp. I just thought, ‘I’m good enough. I shouldn’t have to do this.’ That’s really what I felt. ‘I’m beautiful enough.’”

Even when she have been “banished” by Hollywood, Jennifer nonetheless has a profession that will make any rising actor jealous.

Jennifer’s Double Life

As a result of her father is among the greatest actors of all time, Jennifer had the world at her fingertips rising up. Sadly, that wasn’t all the time a great factor, as by the age of 16, she was partying like an grownup — and courting them. “Yes, there was lots of drugs and drinking. All the time. I had a boyfriend, we were out at clubs at night. I would change at his house and go to school. I was living a double life,” she recalled to PEOPLE. “I am like just trying to get through the high school years so that I can get on with my life because I am not dating guys my age. I am not interested… I never dated a teenager in my life. I don’t think I ever even kissed a teenager.”

Jennifer’s Knew Her Dad Was Homosexual Earlier than The Public

Joel got here out as a homosexual man when he was 82 years outdated. “All the people close to me have known for years who I am,” he defined to PEOPLE in 2015, publicly speaking about his sexuality for the primary time. “[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”

Jennifer, unsurprisingly, has all the time been supportive of her father. Sadly, the Cabaret star was not the one to inform her he’s homosexual. Whereas talking about her memoir, the Pink Daybreak actress recalled being completely shocked when her boyfriend on the time, Matthew Broderick’s mother, fairly bluntly advised her that her father is a “f**”.

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Matthew Broderick and Jennfier Gray in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ (Photograph: Shutterstock)

“The reason I put that in the book, was because it was one of those days that changed me. In the sense that how could I not know everything there was to know about my dad? I was the closest to him of anyone in the world,” she defined to PEOPLE. “And he would never not tell me the truth. And that was the only thing that was hard about it was because I was confused because it was one of those moments where my reality was shaken up.”

The actress additionally shared her disgust for folks’s obsession with making an attempt to out Hollywood stars. “I think that sexuality is so much more interesting than gay or straight, bi. And, you know what I think about it all the time: he said my mom was the love of his life and I believe she was,” she confirmed.

Jennifer’s Love Life

As talked about above, Jennifer was in a relationship with Mathew Broderick after they filmed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off collectively. They broke up not lengthy after they have been in a tragic automobile accident in Eire that killed two folks. She and Matthew have been injured. She went on to briefly date Johnny Depp.

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Jennifer Gray poses together with her husband on the time, Clark Gregg, in 2019 (Photograph: Shutterstock)

Jennifer married Clark Gregg in 2001 and ended their marriage in 2021. They share one little one, a lady named Stella. Stella graduated from highschool in Could 2020 and has carried out some work together with her father.

James Katz

James Katz, the youthful brother of Jennifer, has lived a quiet life away from the highlight. He’s a chef, in accordance with PEOPLE.



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