Patrick Swayze was a three-time Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his leading-man roles in two of the most beloved pictures of all time: "Ghost" and"Dirty Dancing." Along with these high grossing, history-making films, many of his other movies have achieved a cult following, and his television series, "The Beast," was a critical success. Also a singer/songwriter, dancer, and stage actor, Swayze grew up in Houston, Texas. He passed away in September 2009. Lisa Niemi wrote, directed and produced the film "One Last Dance" in 2004. She has held many film, television, and Broadway roles and also wrote, directed and starred in the play "Without a Word" with her husband, garnering six Drama Critics Awards. Before turning to directing and acting, Niemi began her professional life as a dancer. Lisa resides on a ranch outside Los Angeles. Lisa Niemi Swayze is the coauthor of The Time of My Life, which she wrote with her late husband, Patrick Swayze. She wrote, directed, and produced the film One Last Dance in 2004. She has held many film, television, and Broadway roles and in addition, she wrote, directed, and starred in the play Without a Word with her husband, garnering six Drama Critics Awards.
Recording this shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer, Swayze sounds like a friend confiding a story; his wife, Niemi, adds her part about their long, often turbulent marriage. Knee injuries sidelined the Texas-born Swayze's ballet career, and he began acting, achieving fame with roles in Dirty Dancing and Ghost. [APA Audiobook of the Year nominee] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In the wake of his death after a long battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, Swayze's memoir offer new information on his heroic fight as well as his legendary career in Hollywood. Along with his wife, Lisa, Swayze recounts his childhood and his first acting experiences as well as his romantic life and personal battles. The writing is as raw, intense, and honest as it gets, and hearing Swayze's voice once more is deeply moving. His delivery is as professional as his attitude, as passionate as his personality. While there is no shortage of emotion, listeners will find this to be less dirge than a celebration of Swayze's life and achievements. An Atria hardcover. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.