Thursday, August 1, 2013

{nobody puts Baby in the corner:: 5 things I never knew about Patrick Swayze}

Last night I plunked myself on the sofa after a long day of tantrums, fit throwing and a failed potty training attempt, to find one of my favorite movies was on tv-- Dirty Dancing.

When I was a little girl I wanted to be a dancer. So much so that I took dance classes for 8 years straight. Eight years of ballet, tap and jazz--I was serious about my ambition even back then. Unfortunately, due to financial reasons, I had to quit when I was a eleven, but I must say my love of dance has never left me.
Every time I watch Dirty Dancing my love for dance is once again renewed. I mean seriously, who doesn't want to run towards a guy like Patrick Swayze and be lifted into the air triumphal?!?! I know I do.
This movie got me thinking about the man who made Johnny Castle the eternal heart throb with women everywhere. I knew his life was cut tragically short by cancer...i hate cancer by the way, and I knew he was in the movie Point Break but that was it. So, I decided to do a little research--something I do when I fall in love with characters from a movie, yes, I'm a nerd like, I admit it. Anyways, here's what I found.
-He was married to Lisa Niemi for 34 years, up until he died. They first met when was 19 and she was 15 at his mother's dance studio. Sadly, they had no children. I wish they did because I would have to see them dance.
-His mother was Patsy Swayze, a well known dancer and choreographer. It was from her that he inherited is his love of dance.
-He began is dancing career dancing in Disneyland's parades as Prince Charming. Michelle Pfeiffer just happened to be one of the Cinderella's he danced with.
-After he graduated from high school he studied gymstatics for two years.
-He kept acting up until he died. "How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you're a dead man? You go to work."
  I will leave with my favorite scene from the movie, the final dance.

What's your favorite 80's movie?


  1. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE dance also!! And especially that movie!

    I think it's amazing him and his wife stayed together that long, seems unheard of in that lifestyle

  2. One of my favourite moments in my life is when an ex of mine came up to me and said no one puts Sue in a corner. He grabbed my hand and took me onto the dance floor. We were at a Salsa lesson. After the lessons finish you get to dance. It was a special moment I'll never forget. Pity it was my ex doing it. Hubby doesn't do romance so would never do anything like that.

  3. LOVE Dirty Dancing. I have to say one of my favorite movies from that time frame would have to be Cocktail. Though I tried watching it the other day and I didn't love it nearly as much as I did in college.


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