Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi has reportedly found love again, four years after losing the actor to cancer. The 57 year old was introduced to jeweller Albert DePrisco, 58, by mutual friends in early 2012, and their romance has become so serious, Niemi recently purchased a $400,000 (£266,670) oceanfront apartment in Boca Raton, Florida to be close to her new beau, according to the National Enquirer.
A source tells the publication, "With Albert, Lisa is happier than she's been in a long time."
Niemi was married to the Dirty Dancing star for 34 years until his death in 2009.
Patrick Swayze's younger brother Don has signed up to find love on U.S. reality show Millionaire Matchmaker. The 55-year-old actor and stuntman, who recently enjoyed a small role in vampire series True Blood, claims he made it clear to show producers that he was no big spender and lives a modest life, but they still wanted him to appear on an upcoming episode of the hit Bravo network series with relationship guru Patti Stanger.
He tells the National Enquirer, "The truth is, I am actually very shy. I'm also not a millionaire. Not even close. I rent a small cottage near downtown Los Angeles and live a very low-key lifestyle...
"The producers told me that they were doing a 'special celebrity episode' so I didn't need to be a millionaire."
Don Swayze, who was previously married to actress Marcia Swayze for eight years, is optimistic about finding lasting love on the programme and he can only hope to establish a close bond with a prospective partner, like the one his late brother had with his wife, Lisa Niemi.
Don says, "She was there for him 24/7 until the very end. If I could be in a loving relationship again with just a fraction of the love those two had, I would die a happy man. I know my brother Patrick is looking down on me with a big smile on his face and pulling for me."
The Ghost star died from pancreatic cancer in September, 2009.
The former Cheers star recently revealed she fell for Swayze while they were filming their 1980s TV miniseries North and South, and told how her secret crush went nowhere because they were both married.
Alley never slept with Swayze, but she now insists it wasn't for a lack of trying - she invited him into her bed after a night of drinking.
In her new memoirs, The Art Of Men, she recalls telling the Dirty Dancing hunk, "I want to make love with you. I just don't care anymore, let's just do it," but Swayze remained a gentleman and said, "No. Come on, you're drunk. Kirstie, you don't really want to do it. You're not that kind of girl."
Alley also tells Entertainment Tonight she was stunned when Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi asked her to speak at his funeral after he lost his cancer battle in 2009.
She adds, "His wife asked me to speak. I have no idea if Lisa knows anything about Patrick and I. You know, I was probably the least of Lisa's problems with Patrick. He was wild and crazy!"
The actress insists she never acted on her feelings for the Ghost star because she didn't want to break up his marriage to dancer Lisa Niemi - but she still feels bad about falling for Swayze, who played her husband on North & South.
In a new expose on U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, she explains, "Both of us were married. We did not have an affair. But again, I think what I did was worse.
"I think when you fall in love with someone when you're married, you jeopardise your own marriage and their marriage. It's doubly bad."
Her revelation might come as a big surprise to Niemi because Alley, who was asked to speak at Swayze's funeral by his widow, isn't sure if she was aware of her deep feelings for her husband.
The former dancer, who was married to the Dirty Dancing star for 34 years, met jeweller Albert DePrisco at a small party in California earlier this year (12) and the couple has been dating ever since.
A source tells the National Enquirer, "Lisa and Albert were introduced by a mutual friend at a California gathering late last spring. From the moment they met, there was an attraction between them."
And it appears the Steel Dawn actress' new romance is getting serious - she recently flew to DePrisco's native Florida to meet his parents.
An insider adds, "Both of Albert's parents really seemed to take a shine to Lisa. The four of them spent the afternoon at lunch, chatting and laughing. Before leaving, Albert's parents hugged Lisa goodbye."
The publication has also obtained pictures of the pair hugging and sharing a tender kiss.
Patrick Swayze lost his bottle with pancreatic cancer in September, 2009.
The actor lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009, and his wife Lisa Niemi has written a book about his 21-month fight against the disease.
In the tome, she opens up about how she has coped with losing her partner, and reveals she has turned to a therapist after the "depression" of mourning took its toll.
She writes in Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss and Moving Forward, "Part of me thinks, 'I should be over this by now.' It's almost like an embarrassment. In addition to feeling like a broken girl, I feel like a broken record.
"It's only just recently that I started talking to a grief counsellor. I got sick of hearing myself say the same stuff in my head and to the friends I share with. Depression seems to have become a permanent fixture in my life. Like it's stuck inside me and won't unclog.
"I'll have some wonderful days, and then I'll crash and it feels like nothing has changed at all. I still miss him as terribly as I ever did."
The actress/dancer details the Dirty Dancing star's battle with pancreatic cancer in a new book, Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss and Moving Forward.
In one emotional extract from the tome, Niemi reveals doctors told her Swayze had the disease while he was in hospital recovering from a biopsy on the tumour on his pancreas.
Niemi admits she was so shocked by the diagnosis, she decided to keep it to herself as Swayze slept off the anaesthesia - and remembers it as one of the worst nights of her life.
She writes, "Patrick needed an endoscopy and a biopsy on the mass. Afterwards the doctors took me into a nearby private office. 'He has pancreatic cancer.' I remember the information kind of freezing in my brain... because it had no reality attached to it.
"Patrick was recovering poorly from the procedure and was still woozy from the anaesthesia. I was trying to get my footing and figure out what the next step was. How do I tell him this news? How can he assimilate information like this when he was incredibly medicated and in pain?
"I decided to wait until morning. What a dreadful night. Living with this horrible knowledge I felt as though I was the one who had crawled into a coffin and closed the lid."
Niemi goes on to explain how she didn't have time to break the news softly to her husband, because a doctor got there first.
She adds, "I woke up on the lumpy hospital cot the next morning and a young surgeon was sitting on Patrick's bed talking to him. Patrick was awake but looking confused. The doctor looked at me. 'He doesn't know?' My stomach turned. 'I didn't tell him yet.'
"'They found you have pancreatic cancer,' he told Patrick. Patrick looked quickly at me, alarm rising in his eyes. I could see he was taking in this information but he was as stunned as I was. As he told me later, inside he was thinking...'I'm a dead man.'"
Swayze lost his battle with the disease in 2009 aged 57.
The dancer reveals secrets from Swayze's battle with pancreatic cancer in her tome Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss and Moving Forward, and she feels the Dirty Dancing star's presence before every promotional engagement.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "I was actually just in New York promoting the book... The very first day of press, guess what I'm seeing everywhere on the street - Ghost, spelled out. It was really actually pretty freaky.
"The musical based on the musical Ghost is opening on Broadway and so all the taxi cabs, I swear to God... every fifth taxi had 'Ghost' written (on it) and I'd walk out of a building and they'd (cabs) be zinging past me.
"If that isn't a sign... and sometimes it takes, like, a hammer to hit me over the head to get it."
Lisa Niemi took the picture of the bald, almost skeletal Swayze in the days before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009 but had no plans to do anything with it.
However, as she wrote her new memoir, Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss & Moving Forward, she kept coming back to the last photo of a sick Swayze and she decided it should be published.
On Tuesday (03Jan12), she posted it online and she is still not sure she did the right thing.
She tells news show Entertainment Tonight, "Being sick wasn't always the most dignified-looking thing and Patrick was a man with a lot of pride."
But she insists, "It was the truth."
The Dirty Dancing star was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the beginning of 2008 and when doctors told Niemi the actor only had months to live, she suggested they hold a small ceremony at their ranch in New Mexico to celebrate their undying love for one another with friends and family.
And Niemi reveals horse-loving Swayze made the July, 2008, event extra special by arriving on his favourite white stallion, Roh.
In an excerpt from Niemi's new memoir, Worth Fighting For, obtained by People magazine, she writes, "That afternoon Patrick said, 'I think I want to ride in on Roh.' Really? I balked, thinking of all the problems a strong stallion not ridden that often could cause. But I smiled.
"I was standing at the back door ready to make my entrance, and Patrick was at the side of the house, mounting Roh, who was prancing about, wondering what the hell was going on. Patrick and our blinding-white stallion fairly floated around the pool to the 'Ooohs' and 'Aaahs' of our guests.
"Patrick dismounted and held out his hand. I turned to our guests and grinned, 'After thirty-three years, he finally rides up on a white house!' They laughed. My heart was bursting with happiness."
Swayze lost his cancer battle just over a year later (Sep09).