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Jennifer Grey: From "Dirty Dancing" to "Dancing with the Stars" Winner

In this publicity image released by ABC, Jennifer Grey, right, and her partner Derek Hough perform on the celebrity dance competition series, "Dancing with the Stars," on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)
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Jennifer Grey, right, and her partner Derek Hough perform on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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NEW YORK (CBS) Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Jennifer Grey, best known for her role in "Dirty Dancing," dominated the dance floor and was crowned "Dancing with the Stars" champion on Tuesday night.

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The actress, 50, overcame injury to compete on the show, and danced in Tuesday's finale despite suffering a ruptured disc in her already-surgically-repaired back the night before.

But the pain was all worth it, she said.

"Pain you forget, but this I will remember for the rest of my life," she said after the show.

And had she accepted producers' previous requests to be on the show, she could have been a champ even earlier.

"I had been asked for nine years and I said no out of fear," she told TVGuide.com. "I would've been robbed of this amazing experience had I not said yes and had the courage."

Grey paid homage to her "Dirty Dancing" character, Frances "Baby" Houseman, in two different dances this season. Her first dance of the show, a Viennese waltz, was to "These Arms of Mine." Grey broke into tears during that rehearsal, saying in clips on the show that it reminded her of her co-star, the late Patrick Swayze.

Grey and partner Derek Hough performed that same waltz again on Tuesday's show.

Her other "Dirty Dancing" homage was to "Do You Love Me." She even carried the now-iconic watermelon on the "DWTS" stage before throwing it aside, revealing a sparkly costume and dancing her freestyle on Monday. The choreography incorporated many elements from that scene in the film.

Watch both of Grey's "Dirty Dancing" Dances below: