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Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes [Kindle Edition]

Deana Martin
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"I have to say I loved reading what Deana wrote—maybe because she bit the bullet, she was courageous, up-front, tenacious, and so totally forthright. I read it with tremendous pride and love, and I know other readers will feel the same emotions I felt. I love this author for a myriad of reasons, but especially for how she has honored my partner."—from the Foreword by Jerry Lewis

“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

"Dean Martin was the unique star who attained success in all of the entertainment media—movies, TV, recordings, concerts, and radio. His daughter Deana gives us something else that is also unique in this revealing book about growing up as the daughter of a true legend. Here's to you Dean. I've got the booze, you get the ice." —Don Rickles

With warmth, humor, and unabashed candor, Deana Martin has written a moving, often surprising portrait of an icon, as seen through the eyes of his loving daughter.

So begins Deana Martin's captivating and heartfelt memoir of her father, the son of an Italian immigrant from modest beginnings who worked his way to the top of the Hollywood firmament to become one of the greatest stars of all time.

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.

From Publishers Weekly:
In this evenhanded biography of her famous father, Deana Martin acknowledges that Dean "wasn't a good father, but he was a good man." The youngest child of four from Dean Martin's marriage to his first wife, Betty MacDonald, the author recalls how her mother began drinking so heavily that Dean's new wife, Jeanne Biegger, eventually took Betty's three girls in (Betty's son was living with his grandparents) and brought them up along with the three children she had with Dean. Martin details her father's life from his teenage years as a card dealer to his first Atlantic City gig with Jerry Lewis, offering her own observations along the way ("A glass of apple juice masquerading as scotch in his hand, he perfected a role that was going to become... indistinguishable from the real Dean Martin"). Perhaps Martin forgives her emotionally detached father too quickly, as when he doesn't show up at her first live theater performance ("I guess Dad felt that with so many children, if he did it for one, he would have spent his whole life doing it for the others"). But in the end, hers is a heartfelt and honest portrait of a mysterious father.
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From Booklist:
With Holden's help, the daughter of one of the most successful mid-twentieth-century entertainers makes quite a treat of her account of growing up chaotically amid A-list celebs. Of her father, his feminine namesake (her name rhymes with the queen of the jungle's) says that he wasn't a good father, but he was a good man. He left her and her siblings with his mentally deteriorating first wife, and after she abandoned them and t


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1327 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Renaissance Literary & Talent in collaboration with the Proprietor (12 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KYVGHGQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insight in to the real Dean Martin 22 Jun. 2014
By CMA
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the insights in to the author's famous father and his friends. Very sad in places, because Deana had a difficult early childhood and you can only admire her for holding on to the love she felt for her father in spite of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written light reading - recommended. 19 Jan. 2015
By Nanna
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"As a lifetime admirer of Dean Martin (the crooner) it was pleasurable to read about his life - especially reading about his famous friends who were the screen stars in my teenage years and who these days are sadly departing. Well written light reading - recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Mar. 2015
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Brilliant book if you like Deano then get it really brilliant
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 24 April 2015
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A bit to gushy for me.
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