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Patsy Swayze dies at 86; dance teacher was Patrick Swayze's mother
Patsy Swayze dies at 86; dance teacher was Patrick Swayze's mother

The note Patsy Swayze tucked in her son Don's suitcase was simple but meaningful. It was 1980, and Don had just moved to California to pursue an acting career. He was sleeping on his older brother Patrick's couch and scared to death of the prospect of auditions. Then he found the note from his mom. It began, "Donny," and followed with a laundry list of all the awards he'd ever received. Remember when you won the second grade spelling bee? Remember the Pee Wee World Series in baseball? "She knew I needed a little more encouragement," Don Swayze, a character actor who has appeared in many movies and TV shows, said in a phone interview. "It was a little thing I needed when I was...

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