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Thursday 27 November 2014

Alley and Swayze's 'secret love'

Patrick Swayze worked with Kirstie Alley on North And South
Patrick Swayze worked with Kirstie Alley on North And South

Kirstie Alley has claimed she and Patrick Swayze "fell in love" when they worked on a movie together.

The Dancing With The Stars contestant and the late Dirty Dancing star worked together on 1985 film North And South, and Kirstie claims in her new book The Art Of Men that they developed feelings for one another.

Kirstie told Entertainment Tonight: "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 jeopardise your own marriage and their marriage. It's doubly bad."

The 61-year-old Cheers star said she tried "not going down that road", but added that she did. She confessed she propositioned Patrick one night and he turned her down, but insisted they were both in love.

She said: "We were creating a future together and we were both married. After Patrick, I made a decision that I was not ever going to involve myself with anyone married."

Kirstie was married to her second husband Parker Stevenson at the time, with whom she has two children, but split from in 1997.

Patrick was married to Lisa Niemi from 1975 until his death in 2009, aged 57, after battling pancreatic cancer.

Kirstie also revealed that although she's friends with Lisa, who asked her to speak at Patrick's funeral, she is uncertain if Lisa was aware of her past feelings for Patrick.

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