Lisa Niemi Calls Statue Unveiling "Bittersweet"
Two years after Patrick Swayze's death, his widow Lisa Niemi revealed a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, immortalizing her husband's best-loved pose from Dirty Dancing.
If you've ever wanted to play "Baby" to Patrick Swayze's "Johnny" from the film Dirty Dancing, here's your chance. With the sentimental unveiling of Patrick Swayze's wax figure at Madame Tussauds on Wednesday, fans can now see their favorite romantic leading man up close in wax, mimicking the iconic pose of strength he struck in the film.
Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi was on hand for the unveiling and called the moment, "bittersweet."
She said to Access Hollywood, "He had this kind of mischievous, but confident look, and things like his core [were] very, very strong and they worked on his arms more, so it's very detailed, the work that goes into this."
She also revealed, "In a way, it's really wonderful and exciting and everyone's in such a good mood here, and it's gonna be so fun to have a museum here, and at the same time, it's bittersweet. I wish he were here, really here."
The pose selected for Swayze's wax figure was the "strength" pose from the scene in Dirty Dancing where Johnny tries to teach Jennifer Grey's Baby about balance on a log in the woods.
Said Niemi to People magazine about the pose that was selected, "[It says] come and be fearless with me. Go out there on a limb. Just trust. Don't look down. Take a chance in whatever you do."
Niemi and Swayze were one of Hollywood's longest-standing couples. Prior to Patrick's untimely death due to pancreatic cancer, the couple had been married for 34 years. Said Patrick in a story published in the U.K.'s Daily Mail, "We met when she was 15-years-old. I robbed the cradle. All these girls were studying with my mom (she taught dancing) and I used to go and check them out in their leotards. It was like being in a candy store. 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. We were friends for a long time before we became lovers. We even lived and slept together for a year before we had sex. That wasn't easy."
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