One of the saddest things about Patrick Swayze's death in 2009 to pancreatic cancer was that he left behind Lisa Niemi, his wife of 34 years. In Hollywood, where so few marriages stand the test of time, Swayze and Niemi were the gold standard. She stood by him through his meteoric rise to fame with films like Dirty Dancing, she was there when he was sick, and she was with him for everything in between.
The couple met in 1970, when Niemi, a dancer, was taking a class from Swayze's mother, Patsy Swayze. Um, can I please take a dance class where I am introduced to my future and babelicious husband? I will woo him with my lack of moves. Apparently, it was love at first sight.