Lisa Niemi met Swayze when she started taking dance lessons at the Houston Ballet Dance Company in 1970. Swayze was the owner and director's son- they began dating when she was just 15 and he was 18.

Patrick Swayze and wife Lisa (Credit: Famous)

Patrick Swayze and wife Lisa (Credit: Famous)

They got married on the 12th June 1975 and were together until he died of pancreatic cancer on 14th September 2009, after the release of his memoir with his wife, The Time of My Life.

After getting married, they moved to New York City to further their dance careers until the late 1970s, when they decided to move to Los Angeles, California.

They were a couple who involved themselves in lots of different projects- as well as dancing and filmmaking they also ran a construction business and raised horses. They never had any children, however.

In 1985, they moved to a 5 acre homestead in Angeles National Forest with their dogs, horses and rodeo cattle.

Niemi is a licensed pilot and flew her husband back and forth to his cancer treatments before his death.

In a 2008 interview, Swayze revealed that his wife was the inspiration for his song She's Like the Wind that featured in Dirty Dancing.

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