For almost thirty years, Patrick Swayze has been an icon of masculinity and sex appeal, strong but sensitive, romantic yet dangerous.
In this intimate and revealing biography, bestselling author Wendy Leigh shares the inspiring untold story of Patrick's incredible life: his show business childhood, his fairy-tale love affair with wife Lisa Niemi, his catapult into alcoholism after his father's untimely death, the daredevil exploits that almost killed him, and his courageous fight against pancreatic cancer.
Ever since the steamy low-budget film Dirty Dancingskyrocketed Patrick to fame and cemented his place in the hearts of audiences around the world, he has been one of our most cherished public figures.
Based on interviews with countless sources who have never spoken about Patrick before - from the Texas beauty who shared his first kiss, to the woman he almost married, to the manager who worked closely with him from his teen idol days until his romantic tour de force in Ghost- and many more, Leigh unveils surprising details about the charismatic actor's life on- and off-screen. This groundbreaking biography of the un-forgettable entertainer is the mesmerizing, enduring, and definitive story of a man who captured our hearts.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, 1-8 page color insert
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 15/10/2009
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9781439149997
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Review by phoenixcomet
Missing the meat: due to the fact that Patrick was dying of pancreatic cancer at the time that Wendy Leigh was writing her book, there were no comments from the family included. The sense that you gather is that Swayze, while battling addictions, was overall a very decent, caring man who loved and committed to one woman, Lisa Niemi. I wish the library had Time of My Life, Patrick's autobiography.