Showing posts with label PATRICK SWAYZE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PATRICK SWAYZE. Show all posts

Monday, January 09, 2012



Lisa Niemi Swayze With Franke Previte

Actress Lisa Niemi Swayze, widow of Patrick Swayze, received a surprise charitable visit recently from Franke Previte, the Dirty Dancing songwriter who won the Oscar for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” at a program for caregivers at Bridgewater Manor as part of the book tour promoting Swayze’s memoir, Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss and Moving Forward.

Previte further shocked Swayze by presenting her with a $10,000 check for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, one of the two charities the songwriter has been supporting raised through sales of his original demo recording of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and other songs he’s penned from the movie and his catalogue as the former leader of ‘80s hitmakers Franke & the Knockouts. Along with the check, Previte also handed Swayze his original handwritten lyrics of the Oscar- and Golden-Globe winning song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which she reminded him was the title of Patrick’s autobiography, published shortly before his passing from pancreatic cancer in 2009.

“I told Lisa, ‘I’ve been waiting to give you something,’’ said Previte, “And she said to me, ‘What better present can you give to me than the song?’ And that’s when she opened the lyrics, and her jaw dropped. She couldn’t get over how special that was. I told her how I knew how special the song was to Patrick. And she gave me a big hug.”

For Previte, the timing of his impromptu meeting with Swayze couldn’t be a better way to kick off the 25th anniversary year of Dirty Dancing. He began his charitable work for pancreatic cancer in Patrick’s memory in 2010, and said that he and Lisa are now both looking forward to working more closely together to beat this horrible disease.

“I was happy to finally be able to let her know that I was in this pancreatic cancer fight with her,” he said. “I told her this is just the first check of many more. She said to me, ‘You must have sold a lot of records to make this much money for us, and I said we’re doing good!’

“It’s such a special time to really look back and realize the impact that Patrick and Dirty Dancing have made on our society. It’s still such an iconic, small little movie that touched millions of people and still does. The fan base is still widening. The strength of this song and how it touches people is so weird to me. To me, the movie’s milestone anniversary, and our fight against pancreatic cancer opens the memory banks of everyone who the movie touched. I only hope they re-think how it touched their lives and how their love for the movie and Patrick can support pancreatic cancer. A dollar from every one of us in the world will be a big help in stamping out this disease.”

Photo Courtesy Of: Bobby Bank/WireImage

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Patrick Swayze In Wax

Lisa Swayze With Wax Figure Of Patrick Swayze

Lisa was in attendance as Madame Tussauds Hollywood Unveiled a Wax Figure Honoring Patrick Swayze held at the famed museum in Los Angeles, California today.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Patrick Swayze

Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze's body will be cremated on Friday, according to reports. The "Dirty Dancing" star died on Monday in Los Angeles California after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. The star's ashes will be spread across his ranch in New Mexico, his favorite place in the world, according to Swayze's Rancho de Dias Alegres, which translates as Ranch of Happy Days, was turned into a wildlife reserve and timber farm by the actor, who would often fly there in his own plane.
Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze has died after a very long fight with pancreatic cancer yesterday in Los Angeles California, his publicist said. He was 57. "Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," Annett Wolf said in a statement Monday evening. She declined to give any more details. The Dirty Dancing star was suffering from an especially deadly form of cancer. He continued working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting "The Beast," an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. Swayze said he chose not to use painkillers while making "The Beast" because they would have taken the edge off his performance. The show drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran this year, but A&E said it reluctantly decided not to renew it for another season. Patrick went public with the illness, and media reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was "considerably more optimistic" than that. Swayze acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the horrible disease. "I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking," Swayze told ABC's Barbara Walters in early 2009. "Two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd better get a fire under it." Then the award winning actor did just that and wrote a Op Ed piece for the Washington Post titled, "I'm Battling Cancer. How About Some Help, Congress?" How About Some Help, Congress?" in which he urged senators and representatives to vote for the maximum funding for the National Institutes of Health to fight cancer as part of the economic stimulus package. He also appeared in the September 2008 live television event "Stand Up to Cancer," where he pleaded: "I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light. ... I dream that the word `cure' will no longer be followed by the words `is impossible.'" Swayze was married since 1975 to Niemi, a fellow dancer who took lessons with his mother; they met when he was 19 and she was 15. A licensed pilot, Niemi would fly her husband from Los Angeles to Northern California for treatment at Stanford University Medical Center.
Photos By: Sara De Boer And Walter McBride/Retna

Friday, February 06, 2009


Hollywood star and Cancer survivor Patrick Swayze is confirming his plans to write a tell-all memoir with his wife Lisa Niemi, and he promises it will be "deeply personal". A statement from Atria Books bosses, who will publish the book, reads, "The book will offer an intimate account of Patrick Swayze's childhood, career and marriage, as well as his brave fight against a diagnosis of stage-four pancreatic cancer, from which he has gleaned wisdom and has remained resolutely optimistic. "Swayze's wife Lisa Niemi, will give insight into the intensity of her experience and the enormity of helping a loved one battle a life-threatening disease." Swayze himself adds, "With everything I've been fortunate enough to do in my life, and covering such a wide range of diverse subject matters, I am told that my story has been inspirational to people."I will write from my heart about these experiences and, aside from the sheer pleasure of doing it, if people happen to garner inspiration from it, or incentive, or find a new way to love, it would be wonderful."
Photos By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Hollywood star Patrick Swayze has suffered another cancer setback and has checked himself into the hospital after coming down with pneumonia. After only two days after his first interview with ABC newswoman Barbara Walters aired, the star was forced to scrap a Los Angeles California press conference on Friday, where he had hoped to talk about his new show The Beast. Explaining his absence, A&E cable network president Robert DeBitetto revealed the actor was under observation in a California clinic. DeBitetto, who was praised for keeping Swayze in The Beast series, despite his public battle with pancreatic cancer, told reporters, "I just spoke with Patrick Swayze. He checked himself into the hospital this morning for observation after coming down with pneumonia. "Anyone who has had chemotherapy will know the toll it takes on the immune system. Illnesses are unavoidable. Patrick is very sorry to be unable to attend and promises to promote the Beast when he is back on his feet. He thanks everyone for the outpouring of support." An unnamed producer on The Beast told at the press conference, "For him, it’s a bump in the road. We’re all wishing him well." Swayze’s co-star Travis Fimmel added, "He’s fearless, an icon. I can’t say enough good things about the guy."
Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Ill Hollywood star Patrick Swayze reportedly is defying critics by still smoking while battling pancreatic cancer. Swayze was diagnosed with cancer last April, prompting claims he had just months to live. But the star responded well to treatment at California's Stanford University Medical Center, and has since returned to work. However, new photographs of Swayze filming the new television series "The Beast" show him smoking cigarettes in between his breaks. We know at Times Square Gossip how hard it is to quit this nasty habit. We wish Patrick the best of luck !

Thursday, March 27, 2008


An Indiana family has launched the website: and produced a YouTube video plea in a desperate effort to save the life of their wife & mother Connie, who is battling pancreatic cancer. They've even invoked the shared struggle of actor Patrick Swayze, who was also recently diagnosed with the deadly disease. 90% of patients die within 1-year of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 95% are dead within 5-years of diagnosis. Up until now there hasn't been an effective treatment for the disease, but a new gene therapy treatment called TNFerade has been shown in clinical trials to extend the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer. According to a CBS-Denver report, at least one patient has even been cured. Yesterday the Loughman family will appeared on the Fox News Channel at 12:20 PM Eastern time to ask for the public's assistance to help them cut through the red tape that has prevented their mother from receiving the potentially life-saving treatment, TNFerade.The company that developed TNFerade, GenVec Inc., has declined the request of the Loughman family make the drug available to their mother, Connie, even though the FDA allows such access to drugs still being tested in clinical trials through "compassionate use" or "expanded access" programs for patients with terminal illnesses where there is no effective treatment. The Loughman family has said they will pay for the costs of the treatment and sign a liability waiver, releasing GenVec of all liability from any potential adverse effects from receiving the treatment. “The clock is ticking for those who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, including both Patrick Swayze and my mother,” Jackie Loughman said."Ask yourself if this was your mother, would you just sit back and do nothing, or would you pursue what is by far the most promising treatment that could save her life?" Ms. Loughman asked.The story of the Loughman family's struggle has spread across the nation. Thousands of Americans have already logged on to the website and watched the YouTube video presentation.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Hollywood star Patrick Swayze is undergoing an experimental treatment in a bid to try to beat pancreatic cancer, according to published reports.The actor, whose battle with the disease was revealed earlier this month, is trying out revolutionary new surgical tool the CyberKnife. According to National Enquirer - which broke news of Swayze’s cancer plight the CyberKnife delivers high doses of radiation to pinpoint precision, without damaging surrounding tissue.It’s hoped the treatment - taking place at Stanford University’s Cancer Center in California - will stop the cancer growing, or shrink the pancreas so it can be removed.

Monday, March 10, 2008


Hollywood star Patrick Swayze has pulled out of his new movie Fired Up, as he battles pancreatic cancer. The actor last week revealed to be suffering from the deadly disease and undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although his spokesperson Annett Wolf claimed he is "continuing his normal schedule", it has been confirmed that Swayze has dropped out of his latest project, in which he was due to play a gay cheerleading instructor. No word yet on who will replace him in the new picture.

Friday, March 07, 2008


Hollywood star Patrick Swayze is being ordered by his doctors to quit smoking or risk losing his battle against pancreatic cancer. Reports the Dirty Dancing star was suffering from the disease surfaced on Wednesday and were later confirmed by his publicist. But the actor, who is reported to have been diagnosed with the illness in January, has so far failed to kick his nicotine addiction. Swayze once confessed to being such a heavy smoker, he blazed his way through more than three packs of cigarettes a day.