Wife of ‘Dirty Dancing’ star Patrick Swayze pays tribute to late actor ahead of film’s 35th anniversary


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As the 35th anniversary of the iconic movie “Dirty Dancing” approaches this weekend, Patrick Swayze’s widow has paid tribute to the late actor.

“When Patrick was still alive, he always said, ‘I’m part of my second generation of fans’… He was approached by young women who weren’t even born when the movie came out,” Niemi said. “Entertainment tonight.”

Niemi was married to Swayze from 1975 until her death in 2009 aged 57 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Swayze’s widow described her late husband as “one of a kind” and said she still felt his presence almost 13 years later.

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

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

“Dirty Dancing” was released in August 1987, and Niemi opened up about Swayze’s iconic scene during which he lifts co-star Jennifer Grey, who was playing “Baby,” above his head.

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

Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) and Jennifer Gray starred in the movie “Dirty Dancing”.
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“Patrick loves leaving, and he was strong enough to do it all,” Niemi revealed.

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

In July 2020, Lionsgate confirmed there would be a “Dirty Dancing” reboot and said Gray was collaborating with the studio.

Lisa Niemi was married to Patrick Swayze from 1975 until his death in 2009.

Lisa Niemi was married to Patrick Swayze from 1975 until his death in 2009.
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Swayze’s widow suggested the late actor “wouldn’t do it again” if he was still alive.

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


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