Patrick Swayze's Widow Speaks About His Alcoholism, Her GriefAlmost seven months after Patrick Swayze's death, Lisa Niemi, his widow and co-writer of the marriage-centric autobiography 'The Time of My Life,' spoke to the UK's Times Online, detailing her life with the 'Dirty Dancing' star and her difficult grieving process. The interview is a unique opportunity to hear such an in-depth testimony from Niemi -- though she and Swayze penned the retrospective book together, her voice is rarely heard in its pages.

Perhaps the most compelling portion is Niemi's singular perspective on Swayze's battle with the bottle. "For me, the worst thing about him was the drinking. He had a different personality when he drank that much. He was the nicest man on the planet unless he'd had a drink," she says. "People or animals could have got hurt when he was like that. It's very, very painful to see someone you love destroy himself."