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Kirstie Alley Had a 'Powerful Attraction' to Patrick Swayze

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley revealed to Entertainment Tonight in an interview that aired Monday that she had a “powerful attraction” and a “hidden relationship” with Patrick Swayze when the two co-starred in the 1985 TV mini-series North and South.

Both stars were married when they filmed the Civil War drama, but Alley claims she and Swayze had an intense attraction and she tried to avoid “going down that road,” but they ultimately fell in love.

Alley tells ET, “Both of us were married. We did not have an affair.  But again, I think what I did was worse.  Because I think when you fall in love with someone when you’re married you jeopardize your own marriage and their marriage.  It’s doubly bad.”

The actress and Dancing with the Stars contestant says she’s still friends with Swayze’s wife, Lisa, who asked Alley to speak at Swayze’s funeral in 2009.  Still, Alley says she remains unclear if Lisa is aware of her relationship with the late actor.

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"Dirty Dancing" Commemorates 25th Anniversary

Ron Wolfson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Twenty five years ago on Tuesday, moviegoers had the time of their lives.

Dirty Dancing, starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, was released on Aug. 21, 1987.  Grey played Frances "Baby" Houseman, who in the 1960s visits upstate New York with her family and falls for her camp's dance instructor, Swayze's Johnny Castle.  Her character's name is referenced in Swayze's memorable line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

The film is also notable for its soundtrack -- specifically, the song "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life," which won an Oscar in 1988 for best original song.

Longtime film critic Leonard Maltin says he personally doesn't consider Dirty Dancing to be a classic, but he concedes, "The definition of a classic is something that has stood the test of time.  And in that sense it's a classic, because people love and cherish and remember this movie."

A follow-up film that recycled the plot of the original movie, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004.  A remake of the original, to be directed by Kenny Ortega of the High School Musical films, is due out sometime in 2014.

The 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing will be commemorated with celebrations across the country, including one at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night with Grey.

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Patrick Swayze’s Wife Recreates ‘Dirty Dancing’ Scene

Lisa Niemi Swayze attends the unveiling of Patrick Swayze's wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s a picture as endearing as the love story it was recreating. Patrick Swayze’s wife, Lisa Niemi, posed for the classic Dirty Dancing log scene at the unveiling of his new wax figure at West Hollywood’s Madame Tussauds.

Stretching out her arms, she stepped onto the log and balanced in front of the life-size model of her late husband, who died two years ago of pancreatic cancer at age 57.

Niemi was supportive of Madame Tussauds' decision to immortalize Swayze as his iconic character, Johnny Castle.  

"The fact that [it is] this log scene is so perfect for Patrick because he was so fearless, and confident, and always pushing the edge,” she said. “This pose says a lot about Patrick, but also about Dirty Dancing.

The photo of Niemi has sentimental meaning as well. Swayze met Niemi when she was only 15, while she was taking dance classes from his mother. Swayze’s figure will join the ranks of such Hollywood icons as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, as well as current stars including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith.

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