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Patrick Swayze’s Wife Remembers the ‘Dirty Dancing’ Star on His Birthday

Published on August 20th, 2022 | Updated on August 20th, 2022 | By FanFest

Patrick Swayze left behind many great memories with his movies. Some of his most famous movies are Road House, Point Break, and Dirty Dancing. Even after he passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009, people still watch his movies. In honor of his birthday and the 35th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, his widow is talking about his legacy.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Lisa Niemi reflected on her favorite moments from Swayze’s films, and how much she misses the actor. She remembers the good times they shared and how much he meant to her. “I don’t think there’s anything I don’t miss about him,” Niemi tells the outlet.”It’s also the little things. It’s his laugh. It’s the sound of his voice. I feel like he’s with me every day. We had a great ride and there’s so much to be grateful for.”

As for his film career, Niemi has many good memories of Swayze. One of her favorites is from the movie Point Break. In a skydiving scene, Swayze waves to the camera while falling backward. “You had to be on your toes around him, let me tell you,” Niemi says, adding that the moment was “quintessential Patrick.”

“We were so used to working together. We always worked on each other’s scenes and our dialogue and all of that stuff,” Niemi says. “I go back and see some of his movies, there’s some of his work that I’m like, ‘Wow, that was great. You really nailed that.’ He did a great job. He’s very talented.”

As for Dirty Dancing, Niemi notes that her late husband wouldn’t want to take part in the proposed sequel, which co-star Jennifer Grey is returning to star in and produce. “He would not do it again,” Niemi tells the outlet. “[The way they] left it was absolutely perfect. There were several iterations of a script for that movie, but Patrick had a high standard and he wasn’t gonna do it just for the money.”

Even though she hopes the film is a success, she calls the original “lightning in a bottle.” The upcoming sequel would actually be the second film to follow the original, with Havana Nights getting released in 2004 and Swayze returning for a cameo as Johnny Castle from the original film.

The couple was married from 1975 until 2009. Niemi continued working with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network charity, “still in it for Patrick” after his death, while also keeping his spirit close by.

“It’s very strange for me, because he’s been gone 13 years now. It’s strange. That’s quite a bit of time, and it’s very strange to have someone so far away and yet have them still so incredibly close in your heart,” Niemi says. “I feel like he’s with me every day, but of course it’d be nice to have him physically in the room. But, I tell you what, we had a great ride and there’s so much to be grateful for.”

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