She is the widow of actor, singer, and dancer Patrick Swayze. They were married for 34 years, from until his death in Elisabeth Anne Haapaniemi was born in Houston, Texas , the only daughter of six children born to Edmond Haapaniemi — , then Director of Water Safety Services at the Red Cross , and registered nurse Karin Haapaniemi —  Niemi has said her father and her mother's profession were her inspiration and encouragement. Niemi said, "It was basically based on our experiences as concert dancers in New York, and it affected people a lot.
Nearly 10 Years Later, Patrick Swayze’s Wife Explains How She Moved On
Nearly 10 Years Later, Patrick Swayze's Wife Explains How She Moved On
Gaining fame with appearances in films during the s, he became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, giving him a wide fan base with female audiences and a status as a sex symbol. He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in He wrote and recorded the popular song " She's Like the Wind " and was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in During the great migration , Swasey travelled aboard The Recovery arriving at Massachusetts. He married Katherine Kinge from Essex eventually having seven children. The grandson Samuel was among the first to use the Swayze spelling. He also played football during high school, hoping to receive a football scholarship for college until a knee injury ended his career, and also concurrently practiced martial arts such as Wushu , Taekwondo and Aikido , which he used to channel his "self-deprecating rage".
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As the son of a choreographer and dance instructor, the would-be triple threat grew up practicing classical ballet, ice skating, and acting. When a knee injury ended his football career, year-old Swayze moved to New York City to formally train at the Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet companies. After catapulting to fame through his appearance in the classic film The Outsiders , Swayze starred in Red Dawn, Youngblood, and the television miniseries North and South.