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You might think it'd be overwhelmingly emotional to pose with a wax figure of your deceased husband. But Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, handled the situation with a smile -- and even a sense of humor.
Niemi (a dancer herself) got into the spirt of her husband's iconic role, playfully striking a Dirty Dancing pose at the unveiling of his wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood on Oct. 18. Photographers snapped shots of Niemi, 55, in positions reminiscent of moments between Johnny Castle and Baby (Jennifer Grey) from the hit '80s film.
Swayze and Niemi were married for 34 years -- a nearly unheard of feat in celebrity marriages -- until he succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2009. Two years after Swayze lost his battle with cancer at age 57, Niemi said she was honored to share this statue of her beloved husband with the world.
"It became clear to me that someone had put a lot of love into this, for a man I loved so very much," she said.
Niemi added that she was impressed with the level of detail in Swayze's wax doppelganger.
"He had this kind of mischievous, but confident look ... and things like his core (were) very, very strong and they worked on his arms more, so it's very detailed," she told Access Hollywood. "There's a lot of work that goes into this."