Patrick Swaye will be remembered by residents of the North Carolina community where he filmed the movie that made him famous.
Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday, but he’ll be best remembered for his breakout role as Catskills resort dance teacher Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing, a low-budget 1987 film that would become a cult classic.
The town of Lake Lure will remember Swaye during a memorial service at 7 p.m. Saturday at Firefly Cove, a housing development that was Camp Chimney Rock when Dancing was filmed. Many of the film’s outdoor scenes were filmed there, as was Johnny’s cabin.
Visitors who attend the public service will be asked to make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The late Patrick Swayze left behind a touching love letter to his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, in his upcoming memoir, The Time of My Life. The actor passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. He was 57.
Once voted PEOPLE Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” Patrick Swayze could have had his pick of girls — but there was only one that he ever wanted. From the moment Swayze, then 19, saw Lisa Niemi, 16, in his mother’s dance class, he knew she was the one for him.
“All these girls were studying with my mum and I used to go and check them out in their leotards – it was like being in a candy store,” he recalled later. “She didn’t buy any of my nonsense. We spent half our dates in total silence as she wouldn’t talk to me if she thought I was putting on an act.”
Patrick Swayze’s body will be cremated by Friday, according to a new report from RadarOnline. The Dirty Dancing actor died in Los Angeles on Monday after losing his brave battle against pancreatic cancer.
Swayze — who went public with his diagnosis in the Spring of 2008 — spent his final days fighting tabloid reports claiming he was close to death after learning the cancer had spread to his liver.
His ashes will be spread across his beloved Rancho de Dias Alegres — Ranch of Happy Days — in New Mexico, which was turned into a wildlife reserve and timber farm by the actor, who would often fly there in his own plane.
Dancing With The Stars will honor Patrick Swayze on its Sept. 23 live results show, PEOPLE has learned.
Swayze, who went from Broadway dancer to Hollywood star in box-office hits like Dirty Dancing and Ghost, died on September 14 after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The son of a choreographer, Swayze made a guest appearance on the first season of Dancing in 2005, teaching friend John O’Hurley a few dance moves in rehearsal.
“We have some very fond memories of [the late actor] coming to help us our when we were a tiny little show way back when,” says DWTS executive producer Conrad Green. “He was one of the few people to integrate dance with being an A-list actor. He inspired many people and many of our pros to dance. We want to honor the great moments he’s brought to film by getting our dancers to do their interpretation to some music from his films.”
Whoopi Goldberg has released a statement following the death of Ghost co-star and friend Patrick Swayze. Sadly, the beloved Hollywood actor, whose good looks and sympathetic performances in films like Dirty Dancing, made him a romantic idol, died Monday evening after a nearly two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can’t ever repay,” Whoopi’s statement reads. “I believe in ‘Ghost’s’ message, so he’ll always be near.”
Goldberg and Swayze, along with Demi Moore, starred in the 1990 blockbuster Ghost. Goldberg won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her as sharp-tongued medium Oda Mae Brown. Read the rest of this entry »