Charming, debonair, and impeccably attired in a black tuxedo, Dean Martin was coolness incarnate. His music provided the soundtrack of romance, and his image captivated movie and television audiences for more than fifty years. His daughter Deana was among his most devoted fans, but she also knew a side of him that few others ever glimpsed.
In this heartfelt memoir, Deana recalls the constantly changing blended family that marked her youth, along with the unexpected moments of silliness and tenderness that this unusual Hollywood family shared. She candidly reveals the impact of Dean’s fame and characteristic aloofness, but delights in sharing wonderful, never-before-told stories about her father and his pallies known as the Rat Pack. This enchanting account of life as the daughter of one of Hollywood’s sexiest icons will leave you entertained, delighted, and nostalgic for a time gone by.
About the Author
A consummate entertainer and world-renowned humanitarian, Jerry Lewis is not just a cultural icon in the United States -- he's one of the most easily recognized personalities on the planet. Widely regarded as a comic genius, regarded as one of the true giants of the motion picture industry, and internationally celebrated for his vast contributions to humanity, Jerry personifies the term "living legend." Jerry Lewis was destined to be in show business. He was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey, to Danny and Rae Lewis -- both professional entertainers. At age 5, he made his debut in New York's Borscht Belt Circuit, singing "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" as his father, the master of ceremonies, watched from the wings. By the time he was 15, Lewis had perfected a comic routine that's still known as "The Record Player," miming and silently mouthing the lyrics of operatic and popular songs played on a phonograph offstage. Since first committing himself to the the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1951, Jerry has single-handedly turned "muscular dystrophy" into a household term. He has won the admiration and respect of millions for his unstinting dedication to providing hope and help for a diverse cross section of people around the world.
“From her heart, Deana Martin has told a frank and honest account of what her life was like with her famous father and family. It has been a wild ride, with lots of ups and downs, written with honesty, love, and understanding.” —Regis Philbin