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Lisa Niemi and Robin Roberts's Love Stories Touch Readers' Hearts

Lisa Niemi and Robin Roberts's Love Stories Touch Readers' Hearts

Originally posted 01/04/2014 08:30AM

Several heartwarming – and surprising – stories of love kept the chill of winter at bay for PEOPLE.com readers this week.

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Jennifer Aniston Takes on Winter in a Bikini & More from the Weekend

What You Missed Over The Weekend

Jennifer Aniston Shows Off Her Bikini Bod, Britney Spears Kicks Off Vegas Takeover & More Weekend News

Originally posted 12/30/2013 07:30AM

Santa has come and gone, but we know you're still in a gingerbread coma. So when you're done with that cookie, here's what you missed this weekend:

5. Guess Who Officiated Vanessa Carlton's Wedding!

As Carlton tied the knot with fellow musician John McCauley Friday evening, there was a very special (and famous!) guest in attendance: Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, who married the newlyweds. Their nuptials come just two months after Carlton was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and forced to undergo emergency surgery. See her wedding dress.

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Patrick Swayze's Widow, Lisa Niemi, Is Engaged

Patrick Swayze's Widow, Lisa Niemi, Is Engaged

Originally posted 12/28/2013 02:35PM

Lisa Niemi has found love again.

The actress and dancer, who lost her husband of 34 years, Patrick Swayze, to pancreatic cancer in September 2009, is engaged to jeweler Albert DePrisco, 58, her rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.

"Albert proposed to Lisa on Christmas Eve," the rep says.

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Patrick Swayze's Widow Is Dating Again

Patrick Swayze's Widow, Lisa Niemi, Is Dating Again

Originally posted 10/04/2012 04:30PM

Lisa Niemi is smiling once again about her love life.

Patrick Swayze's wife of 34 years has started dating again, her rep confirms to PEOPLE (Swayze passed away in September 2009). The actor's widow is seeing jeweler Albert DePrisco after meeting via a mutual friend during a celebration for Lisa's birthday.

"It's new, and they're taking it slow," the rep says.

Niemi, 56, who was by her husband's side throughout his battle with cancer, unveiled a wax sculpture of Swayze last fall in Hollywood – two years after his death.

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One Year After Patrick Swayze's Death, His Wife Celebrates His Legacy | Patrick Swayze

One Year After Patrick Swayze's Death, His Wife Celebrates His Legacy

Originally posted 09/14/2010 11:45AM

Tuesday marks one year since Patrick Swayze's death following a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. For his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, it's an anniversary that brings both sorrow and hope.

"In some ways I look at the anniversary and I think, 'It's either going to knock me down or it's going to make me stronger," Niemi says. "And I know I'm stronger now. The fact that I've had some good days definitely gives me hope that I can have more."

As a new spokeswoman for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Niemi is launching an awareness campaign on this anniversary of Swayze's death. "Be a Hero in the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer: Know it. Fight it. End it" will feature videos and personal messages from Niemi.

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Patrick Swayze's Wife: I Feel Like He Hasn't Left | Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze's Wife: I Feel Like He Hasn't Left

Originally posted 10/30/2009 12:30PM

Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi, whose marriage began in their 20s and lasted for 34 years, led one of Hollywood's storied love affairs – but the Dirty Dancing actor's widow reveals that there were times when their union teetered to the brink of breakup.

Six years ago, Niemi tells Oprah Winfrey in her first interview since Swayze's death, her husband descended into a period of heavy drinking and "very dark thoughts. "He was imploding pretty badly," she said during Friday's show, so much so that in 2003, Niemi left Swayze for a year. "I didn't think he was going to live through it and I didn't want to watch that."

But the couple reconciled and regained their happiness – only to be tested again when Swayze was diagnosed 22 months ago with pancreatic cancer and was told he had three months to live.


"It was mind numbing," Niemi says. When faced with the devastating information, "You think you're going to get these terrific illuminations," she says, but that didn't happen. "I looked around and I said, 'This is awful.' "

Niemi says she cried in front of her husband only once, and saved the rest of her tears for her close girlfriends. "I wanted him to know he was going to be okay," she tells Winfrey.

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Patrick Swayze's Widow: I Will See Him Again | Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze's Widow: I Will See Him Again

Originally posted 10/27/2009 09:15PM

Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi spoke from the heart Tuesday about losing her husband just six weeks ago, telling a women’s conference that the loss “is like an animal all of its own” and the sadness could be felt “on a cellular level.”

"When the grief takes you, it's like your body is not your own,” Niemi, who was married to the actor for 34 years, said during a roundtable discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference 2009 in Long Beach, Calif. “I'm just going with the flow. I know I have to go through it."

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Patrick Swayze's Widow to Break Her Silence | Patrick Swayze

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Patrick Swayze's Widow to Break Her Silence

Originally posted 10/23/2009 09:30AM

Six weeks after Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 57, his widow Lisa Niemi will participate in a roundtable discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference 2009 in Long Beach, Calif., next Tuesday, Oct. 27.

In her first interview since Swayze's Sept. 14 death, Niemi, 53, who was married to the actor for 34 years, will join Elizabeth Edwards and Susan St. James, both of whom suffered the loss of children in accidents.


The discussion will be moderated by California First Lady and Women's Conference host Maria Shriver, who this summer lost her mother Eunice Shriver and uncle Ted Kennedy.

Swayze and Niemi, who met as teenagers while they were both students at his mom's dance studio, shared one of Hollywood's most enduring romances.

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VIDEO: The Dirty Dancing Effect | Patrick Swayze

VIDEO: The Dirty Dancing Effect

Originally posted 09/14/2009 09:00PM

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as Barbie & Ken, DWTS' Cheryl & Tony and others have the time of their lives

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