Patrick Swayze was an icon in my eyes. Oh, did I want to be Baby in Dirty Dancing and Demi Moore in Ghost.
The first time I saw Dirty Dancing was my Junior year in college. The freshmen I was (babysitting) an adviser for rented it and a movie room in the library. It was love at first site. Soon after, I got the flu and had to stay in the health center over Easter break. I watched DD about 4 times that weekend. Since then, I have probably watched it another 25(ok, maybe 50). I had the soundtrack, the cool white jean shorts that Baby wore and was often seen carrying around a watermelon.
Then Ghost came out. I went to the movies by myself to see it. I don't know why I was by myself, but I was and was in a crowded theater. Or I think it was crowded, I was crying so hard, I couldn't tell. I cried so hard on the way home I ran through a stop sign. Oh to be Demi and live in that cool loft and have a guy(not any guy, but Patrick Swayze) that loved you so so so much.
I love how in real life Patrick was so devoted to his wife. As we know, so many Hollywood couple's are not so in touch. As a wanna be dancer, I could only dream of marrying a guy that could dance me around the house.
I know he is in a better place now. He is no longer in pain. The images of him in his prime will forever be etched in my memory.
I am soooo sad over this, except for the fact that, you're right: he's not in pain anymore. So that's a good thing. Other than that, pure tragedy.
P.S. "...was often seen carrying around a watermelon. Hee hee!
Another icon is gone. Another link to our youth. Great post!
I wish I had a picture of her carrying around a watermelon. I'm sure I must have one somewhere!
Rest in Peace, Patrick. You certainly did bring much joy AND tears into our lives.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner. RIP Johnny Castle.
It was sad to hear of his passing, but you're right... he is no longer suffering. He knew he was loved.
I hardly ever get emotionally involved with celebrities, but the news of Patrick Swayze's death did make me sad. I knew he had cancer, a very bad form of it, but I had hoped for a miracle.
My heart breaks for his wife, who has been his constant, loving companion for years.
I'm glad he's out of pain, but his passing leaves a void.
That seemed to rush by, that life....
I loved Ghost.
I held him in very high esteem, above and beyond being a cutie, because of his devotion to his wife and marriage.
Man, this does bum me out. What a guy.
I think for women, it was his devotion and love for his wife that made him even more sexy than he was. Who doesn't want to be loved like that? I hope I come close, but that is something we all aspire to. God Speed Patrick. May you finally be free from pain.
I feel exactly the same way about him. He's been the epitome of romance to me because of DD and Ghost, but also because of his obvious love for his wife.
I also loved him in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. RIP, Patrick.
It makes me sad too :( I fell in love with Dirty Dancing! It was such a classic movie!
I can't remember how I found your blog now, but am so glad I did!
I was the same way about Patrick in almost ALL of his movies. What a great actor & a wonderful husband.
When I'm one day in the retirement home, I'm sure I'll be bitching for someone to turn on my Dirty Dancing DVD.
He did put up one helluva a fight...
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