Sunday, July 24, 2011

Memories of a Rat Pack Member by a Rat Pack Daughter

Dean Martin's fourth of seven children is a daughter who was named for him. Deana Martin (pronounced like Dina) is an actress, recording artist and concert performer. In addition, Deana is also the co-author of a book about her dad called Memories Are Made Of This; Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes.

Co-written with Wendy Holden, the book is an enjoyable reminiscence of Dean's life from the inside, which includes a foreword by Dean's former partner Jerry Lewis. There are many recollections of Dean as an entertainer, husband, and father, and it's an intimate look at family members and friends who were close to him, including of course his pals in the Rat Pack. Plus, the book includes many interesting accounts of Deana's own experiences as an entertainer. Written in 2004, the book will remain an enduring look at Dean's professional life and family life.

Also keeping Dean's memory alive is the Dean Martin Festival, held every June in Dean's birthplace of Steubenville Ohio, and the festival is staged each year under the loving direction of Deana Martin. The festival often features entertainment by some of the best Rat Pack Impersonators.