The classic ‘80s comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off made true movie stars out of Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey, but it was also the beginning of a Hollywood romance that would thrive in secret and end in tragedy.
The couple felt an attraction on the film’s set, but kept their relationship out of the public eye. At 25, Broderick had quickly become one of the decade’s biggest stars with a string of hits including WarGames, Ladyhawke, and finally Ferris Bueller. Grey, 27, had stood out in Red Dawn, but playing Ferris’s sister Jeannie really made her a star.
For less than two years, they were Tinseltown's secret power couple, and had to find time for their blossoming relationship in between their hit film projects. So in the summer of 1987, when Broderick had just finished shooting his latest film and Grey had free time before her tour promoting Dirty Dancing, the couple took a fateful trip to Northern Ireland.
Ireland was a favorite holiday destination for Broderick’s family, and he was introducing Grey to the country’s sights, driving her around Enniskillen in a rented BMW 316. Sadly, the young couple’s romantic getaway quickly turned into a disaster that would dramatically change four lives.
Broderick seemed to get lost along the way, pulling into a gas station and asking for directions. An off-duty police officer told the star his sightseeing route was “just stupid,” and offered to lead the couple on a tour, but Broderick refused. Shortly after, it started raining, and Broderick pulled into another gas station to get his bearings.
But things were about to go horribly wrong.