Lisa Niemi Movies and Career Information

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May 26, 1956
Actor, Director, Producer and Writer

Lisa Niemi (born May 26, 1956) is a Finnish-American actress and dancer. She is the widow of actor, singer and dancer Patrick Swayze. They were married from 1975 until his death in 2009. Niemi was born Parrisha Lisa Anne Haapaniemi in Houston, Texas to Finnish Americans Edmond Melvin Haapaniemi (October 11, 1914 - February 1984) and Edna Karin Hyttinen (March 17, 1928 -). In 1971, she began attending a Houston area ballet school, the Houston Ballet Dance Company, where she met the owner/director's son, Patrick Swayze, to whom she was married from 1975 until his death from pancreatic cancer, on September 14, 2009. Soon after their marriage, the couple moved to New York to pursue their dance careers until the late 1970s, whereupon they headed West. In addition to dancing and filmmaking, the couple ran a construction business and raised horses together. She had lived on a 5-acre (20,000 m) homestead near the Angeles National Forest since 1985, along with a "menagerie of dogs, prized Arabian horses and rodeo cattle." She also had a 20,000-acre (81 km) ranch in New Mexico. In a 2008 interview, Swayze stated that Niemi was the inspiration for his 1987 hit song, "She's Like the

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