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- December 31, 1990
- Vol. 34
- No. 26
Swayze Tops the List
Tall, Dashing and Incorporeal, Patrick Swayze, Along with Julia Roberts, Delta Burke, Princess Caroline, and M.C. Hammer Are the Most Intriguing People of 1990
And how did he handle the heady rush of leading manhood? In athletic stride. "This stardom stuff stopped scaring me so much," he says. "I'm not out to prove anything anymore." Refreshingly there was no High Angst, no regrets—save one: He was out of town instead of home on the range when his favorite horse, Fancy, died.
Riding high, Swayze, 37, has big plans. He has gone blond for a role as a California surfer in Point Break. And a record, maybe. One thing is for certain: He won't be falling back on his biceps. He and his actress wife, Lisa Niemi, also a hoofer, say they want to do a movie together, something classy, a Fred-and-Ginger kind of thing.
Okay, that is a pretty A-list ambition for a guy with mostly backdoor credits. But Swayze knows what it's like not to be wanted: Time was not so long ago when some doubting director thought he was too rough around the edges to play an investment banker. That's reminiscent of the one about that wiry guy in the '30s who flubbed his Hollywood screen test. "Can't act. Can dance a little," they said. Don't sweat it, Patrick. The guy was Astaire.
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