Jennifer Stahl was simply credited as a "Dirty Dancer" in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing. The film starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and was directed by Emile Ardolino.
Stahl also had small parts in four other films: Necropolis (1987), Firehouse (1987), Identity Crisis (1989), and I'm Your Man (1992). She had also been a dancer on Broadway, and later in life had been an aspiring singer, recording under the name Ganja Woman.
In 2001, Stahl was living in an apartment above the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City, where she had a music studio in her apartment. She was also reportedly running a highly profitable pot sales operation, selling primarily to people involved in the entertainment business in TV, on Broadway, and other musicians.
On 10th May 2001, Stahl and four friends who were in the apartment at the time were shot execution-style; Stahl, shot in the head, was killed, as were two of the others. The other two victims survived the shooting. Stahl was 39 years old at the time of her death.
Sean Salley, nephew of famous funk musician and producer George Clinton, and an accomplice named Andre Smith were eventually convicted of the crime, after Salley was taken into custody after having been featured on TV's America's Most Wanted. Reportedly Stahl had once lent her background vocals to a rap recording that Salley, also an aspiring musician, had made.
There's a different Jennifer Stahl in the US news currently, as two Naperville, Illinois women, Jennifer Stahl and Malia "Kim" Bendis, have made national headlines following their arrests for interfering with the installation of wireless electric meters on homes in the city. The women are said to be leaders of a local opponent group called the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Group.
Back here in the UK, the Dirty Dancing live musical stage tour has been sweeping the country for over a year, with successful recent runs in Edinburgh and Liverpool, among others. The show is currently running in Plymouth, with upcoming stops in Nottingham, Stoke, Canterbury, Woking, and Manchester.
Here's a remix of Stahl's song: