Patrick Swayze's Wife on Love and Loss
Lisa Niemi Swayze shares her story
- Duration 3:51
- Date Jan 4, 2012
Lisa Niemi Swayze shares her story
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It is the most famous line of his career.
Of course that's Patrick Swayze is Johnny castle in dirty dancing one of his most memorable roles.
The iconic actor lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009 and his wife of 34 years.
Lisa Niemi swayze joins me now she's the author of the new book worth.
Look at that beautiful picture of you with your course on the front cover and good morning -- -- Point eight and and it -- speaking of that iconic line Patrick who always -- of reference sensor humored when he was during the time it was sick.
Pianist brother were joking about indicate that line -- what nobody puts Patrick's pancreas -- -- corner.
And they just -- would have rolled all over the floor but you know that was Tammy USC better reverend -- a humor.
And you speak about that in your book his spirit of one of the other things that you talk a lot about in the book is obviously relationship with him.
You met when you were teenagers yes right in his mom's dance studio yes.
And you had this love affair this is your wedding photo.
For 34 years how did you make that happen in Hollywood.
I I heard two wonderful lady say just recently so I now wish I could take credit and they said the way that you stay together -- don't split up.
And it you know and that's that's kind of a lot of short of that but -- of course -- has to be an underlying affinity and love.
And but also you -- when things get tough -- -- you stick it out and and every relationship goes through ups and downs and it's just she you hang in there are some tips hang in there quite a long time right because you infecting one time in the two thousands you did separate for -- -- -- you -- back.
And you -- to me earlier you know I'm so glad that that I did because then he was -- -- Yeah it well I.
I was -- that things -- between us and actually we get a and even more profound healing later on it was like we got the man and woman -- our dreams because and I think we had also come to an age where we.
We're wiser and we knew a little bit better how to get what we really want it.
Because what we want to wait what's each other all the time it's just we didn't always go about it the right way and we were just learning about.
I was so -- because when he was sick.
We went into it as such a strong team.
I was incredibly grateful for -- See this is all the wisdom that our viewers and build a finding your book because -- -- it's it's so it's so true what you're saying and yet you had to go through his death now.
And to write down your words when the other things is that you you talk about how you decided to renew your vows after you found out that he was sick.
And the tabloids beat you to the punch unfortunately yes yet.
-- -- Had actually you know we -- we've talked about it and we were little we really hesitant about bringing it up because nobody wanted to say hey this is a latch ditch effort we need to get in every new whereabouts.
But what we brought up -- realize that both of us wanted to do it and we put it on delay because the tabloids that we already dead.
And it just cut it took that spontaneity out of it that -- who might you know what.
We don't care let's go ahead and do it in that was.
The most incredible day efforts probably one -- that happy estates in my life for real and he'd write it out on a white horse.
Which I had to comment on a course that it took 34 year city I doubt on the white -- and we read our -- and I'm crying it needs.
After I read my -- to him he said you know because of course I say the most wonderful things to them.
It's it's you know I'm getting this from a woman who -- our twentieth anniversary.
Tested me is set I want -- thank Patrick for 24.
Three of the happy it's yours and not lie to myself let's look.