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Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 26, 1956
SpouseAlbert DePrisco (m. 2014), Patrick Swayze (m. 1975–2009)
FactMet her husband when she was 15 and a student of his mother's.

Lisa Niemi is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. She is best known for her role as Swayze’s wife in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

Born on May 26, 1956 in Houston, Texas, Niemi is the only child of Edna (née McCurdy) and Al Niemi. Her father was a Finnish-American oil rigger and her mother was a Scottish-American homemaker. Niemi’s parents divorced when she was five years old and she was raised by her mother.

Niemi began taking ballet lessons at the age of eight and went on to study at the Houston Ballet Academy. She later moved to New York City to study at the Joffrey Ballet School.

Niemi made her film debut in the 1981 film Skatetown, U.S.A.. She went on to appear in several other films, including The Outsiders (1983), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), and Steel Dawn (1987).

In 1987, Niemi starred opposite Patrick Swayze in the film Dirty Dancing. The film was a huge commercial success and made Niemi a household name.

Niemi married Swayze in 1975. The couple had one child together, a son named Jesse Wayne Swayze, who was born in 1982.

Niemi and Swayze divorced in 1995. Since then, Niemi has remarried twice; first to actor Alexander Godunov in 1996 (the couple divorced in 1999) and then to jeweler Albert DePrisco in 2004.

Niemi has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameLisa Niemi
Date Of BirthMay 26, 1956
ProfessionFilm director, Writer, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer


SpouseAlbert DePrisco (m. 2014), Patrick Swayze (m. 1975–2009)
ParentsEdmond Melvin Haapaniemi, Edna Karin Hyttinen


MoviesOne Last Dance, She's Having a Baby, Steel Dawn
TV ShowsSuper Force

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1(May 25, 2014) Married for the 2nd time her boyfriend of 2 years Albert DePrisco following a 5-month-long engagement.
2Release of the book, "The Time of My Life" by Lisa with Patrick Swayze. [September 2009]
3Ex-sister-in-law of Marcia Swayze.
4Aunt of Danielle Swayze.
5Spokesperson, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
6Had suffered a miscarriage.
7Met her husband when she was 15 and a student of his mother's.
8Sister-in-law of actor Don Swayze.
9Daughter-in-law of choreographer Patsy Swayze.
10"Niemi" is the Finnish word for cape, as in Cape Cod. Her original surname "Haapaniemi" means "aspen cape.".




Beat Angel2004Carol
One Last Dance2003Chrissa Lindh
Letters from a Killer1998Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Younger and Younger1993Donna Wetter
Live! From Death Row1992TV MovieFemale Anchor
Super Force1990-1991TV SeriesCarla Frost
Super Force1990TV MovieCarla Frost
Next of Kin1989Violinist (uncredited)
She's Having a Baby1988Model (as Lisa Neimi)
Steel Dawn1987Kasha
Slam Dance1987Mrs. Adrienne Schell
Max Headroom1987TV SeriesJanie Crane


The Beast2009TV Series 1 episode
One Last Dance2003


Grandview, U.S.A.1984choreographer
Urban Cowboy1980choreographer


One Last Dance2003writer


One Last Dance2003producer


The View2005-2014TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
25 Years of Sexy: People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive!2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHerself
Larry King Live2009TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2009TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2009TV SeriesHerself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special2009TV SeriesHerself
Very Important Pennis1996TV SeriesHerself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live1990TV SeriesHerself

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Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHerself
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2009TV Series documentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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