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Kirstie Alley Romanced Patrick Swayze, Too, By the Way

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Girlfriend sure got around in the eighties and nineties, huh? What I want to know, though, is why she’s feeling the need to air all of this dirty laundry now—and about a man who’s not even around to defend himself?

Kirstie went and talked to Entertainment Tonight about her affair with Patrick Swayze during the filming of North and South, which was a TV miniseries that aired in and around 1985. To ET she said that despite the fact that they were both married during that time, they fell in love with one another, though they fought it hard. Kirstie said:

“Both of us were married. We did not have an affair. But again, I think what I did was worse. Because I think when you fall in love with someone when you’re married, you jeopardize your own marriage and their marriage. It’s doubly bad.”

You know what’s triply bad? That Patrick was married to Lisa Niemi, the lady he married in 1975 and stayed married to ’til he died in 2009, and that Kirstie is also friends with Niemi. Oh, wait, scratch that—she was friends with Lisa Niemi all the way up until Patrick’s funeral, at which Kirstie spoke at Lisa’s request. Kirstie claims that she doesn’t even know if Lisa had known about her friend’s relationship with her dead husband, which is just super, because now Lisa’s got to hear—through television, nonetheless—that her dear friend and her late husband had an emotional affair, which is sometimes worse than a physical affair, depending on who you ask.

Anyone else think that maybe Kirstie Alley should have just kept her big, fat mouth shut? Jeez.

Patrick Swayze’s Widow Writes a Tell-All

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So Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze‘s wife of something like 30+ years, wrote a memoir about her life with Swayze and enduring the effects of his illness and subsequent death. And it’s sad, guys. Really, really sad. Like, “shed some tears in the morning even after you’ve had that fourth cup of coffee” sad. I think it’s one of those things where it’s like, “Yeah, it was sad that Patrick Swayze died, and damn, wasn’t Dirty Dancing so f-cking awesome?”, but it’s really way more than that. I don’t think people realized how fully awesome Patrick was (as was his relationship with Lisa), and how much of a someone amazing was lost when Patrick passed in 2009.

Ugh. Anyway. From Worth Fighting For, Lisa Niemi on first meeting Swayze:

We were so different from each other, and yet so much alike. I was 14 years old when I first laid eyes on him at Houston Music Theatre, when his mother’s dance school merged with my theatre group. Patrick was tanned, buff, had a dazzling smile and a reputation as a Casanova. I wasn’t just a wallflower; I was an expert, practised wallflower. Our first contact came when we passed each other coming in and out of the theatre, and he reached over and pinched me on the bottom. “Hey there, cutie!” he said in a friendly yet mischievous tone. “Oh, brother.” I rolled my eyes as he passed me.

Little did she know she’d spend the next couple of decades at his side. Later in the book, Lisa talked about how Swayze proposed, and how they moved to LA to pursue their shared dream of the performing arts:

We’d been living together in a tiny brownstone apartment in New York City. Then, in the middle of a tickling fight, he paused, his arms around me. “What?” I asked curiously. His face flushed. “Why don’t we do it? Why don’t we get married?” And on June 12, 1975, we did. From being dancers, we went to working in the theatre, from theatre we moved to Los Angeles for film. We were off to the races. We were living and pursuing our dreams.

The book becomes significantly darker, as Niemi shares what it was like for Patrick to be diagnosed, and then later, treated, for pancreatic cancer:

Over New Year 2008, we were visiting friends in Aspen and raised a glass of champagne for a toast. Patrick grimaced a little when he swallowed but didn’t say anything. A week later, he came to me on a Sunday afternoon, “Do my eyes look yellow to you” I peered curiously. “Yes, yes, they do look yellow?.?.?. Let’s get you to the doctor first thing tomorrow.” Patrick had tests and scans; the results came through the same afternoon. And an alarm sounded inside our heads. There was a 2in-by-1½in mass on the head of his pancreas. What? What does this mean? The doctor was hesitant about guessing. But we pushed. “We-e-l-l-l, it could be cancer,” he said.

As we all know, the final diagnosis ended up being cancer, and Swayze lived only a year more after the heartbreaking news, despite his aggressive medical treatment, return to television, and continued ranch work on the couple’s property in New Mexico:

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Patrick Swayze’s Wax Model Debut

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OK, this makes me sad today. I spent my childhood adoring Patrick Swayze (as I’m sure his wife did; I mean, who didn’t at the time?), and this is the latest wax figure debuted by Madam Tussaud’s. Hopefully you’ll all recognize this Swayze from the epic scene in Dirty Dancing that I used to actually recreate in my dining room. Alone. For hours at a time.

And then you have Patrick’s widow, Lisa, posing along with her late husband‘s figure and giving him adoring looks (which, of course, I’d do the same). HOW SAD IS THIS? How much do you think she wants to take that wax statue home and just sit it in the corner of the living room while she watches late-night television? I mean, I would if it were my husband, sad as it is to say.

This whole thing makes me really, really melancholy, and I can’t imagine the inner turmoil Lisa must be going through, looking at (and posing with) her different-era husband. You can’t tell me that doesn’t smart just a little, tiny bit.