‘Dirty Dancing’ star Patrick Swayze’s spouse pays tribute to late actor forward of movie’s thirty fifth anniversary

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As the thirty fifth anniversary of the enduring movie “Dirty Dancing” approaches this weekend, Patrick Swayze’s widow paid tribute to the late actor.

“When Patrick was still alive, he would always say, ‘I’m on my second generation of fans’ … He’d get approached by young ladies who weren’t even born when the movie came out,” Niemi advised “Entertainment Tonight.”

Niemi was married to Swayze from 1975 till he died in 2009 on the age of 57 after a battle with pancreatic most cancers. 

Swayze’s widow described her late husband as “one of a kind” and stated she nonetheless feels his presence practically 13 years later. 


Patrick Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, paid tribute to the late actor. He would have turned 70 this week.  
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“It’s very strange to have someone so far away and yet have them still so incredibly close in your heart,” Niemi advised the media outlet. 

“I feel like he’s with me every day, but, of course, it’d be nice to have him physically in the room,” she added. “But, I tell you what, we had a great ride, and there’s so much to be grateful for.”

“Dirty Dancing” was launched in August 1987, and Niemi spoke about Swayze’s iconic scene throughout which he lifts co-star Jennifer Grey, who performed “Baby,” over his head. 

Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) and Jennifer Grey starred in the film "Dirty Dancing."

Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) and Jennifer Grey starred within the movie “Dirty Dancing.”
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“Patrick loves going off, and he was strong enough to do all that stuff,” Niemi revealed. 

“When they want to pull off a great lift, he says, ‘I got one for you.'”

In July 2020, Lionsgate confirmed there can be a “Dirty Dancing” reboot and stated Grey was collaborating with the studio. 

Lisa Niemi was married to Patrick Swayze from 1975 until he died in 2009. 

Lisa Niemi was married to Patrick Swayze from 1975 till he died in 2009. 
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Swayze’s widow steered that the late actor “would not do it again,” if he was nonetheless alive.


“‘Dirty Dancing’ was like lightning in a bottle,” Niemi famous. “I don’t think you can ever absolutely duplicate something. I think you always have to start fresh, but if they’re going to do it, I hope it’s the absolute best and it has its own character and personality and source of inspiration.”

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