Dirty Dancing Town to Hold Patrick Swayze Memorial

Entertainment Sep. 17, 2009 AT 2:47PM
Dirty Dancing Town to Hold Patrick Swayze Memorial Credit: Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic

The residents of the North Carolina town in which Dirty Dancing was filmed are planning a memorial service for Patrick Swayze.

Swayze -- who died Monday of pancreatic cancer at age 57 -- was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as bad boy Johnny Castle in the 1987 dance drama. 

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On Saturday, the town of Lake Lure will remember the his life with a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Firefly Cove -- the housing development that served as Camp Chimney in Dirty Dancing.

The service is free, but visitors will be asked to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Swayze's Dirty Dancing costar Jennifer Grey opened up to Usmagazine.com after his death, calling him "a real cowboy with a tender heart.

"Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace," she told Us in a statement. "He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified."

 

 

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