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Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes (Thorndike Senior Lifestyle) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Deana Martin , Wendy Holden
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7 April 2005 Thorndike Senior Lifestyle
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.
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  • Hardcover: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786272562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786272563
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,202,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A devoted memoir (that) sheds light on how the son of an Italian immigrant became one of America’s greatest entertainers.’ -- Sunday Express

‘A poignant account of what it was like to grow up as the child of a major Hollywood celebrity.’ -- Mail on Sunday

‘Deana Martin is nothing if not Hollywood royalty… much of her book could have filled the pages of Hollywood Confidential.’ -- Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Deana Martin has been an actress and singer as well a businesswoman. Her tales of growing up in the Hollywood era are a compelling story in their own right with a cast of characters that includes the Sinatra and Manson families. She acts as an ambassador for the Dean Martin estate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Cinzia
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I bought this book because I became interested in Dean Martin and wanted to learn more about him. His public persona was of someone effortlessly charming and affable who you just couldn't help but love! At the beginning of the book, his daughter Deana tells us that she would often get asked by various fans whether he was a good father to which she would reply "NO, but he was a good man". I was amazed by this! As I read the whole book it became quite clear that he was a VERY GOOD father, not just a very good man but someone who cared deeply for each of his 7 children and provided for them all! Here was someone at the height of his fame yet still made it a point to be home for his kids every evening to sit at the table and make every day fun for them. Is this not a family man?! There are many other wonderful stories in the book about Dean Martin, who comes across as a tremendously warm, funny, kind human being which really made me love him all the more! I'm afraid, Deana did NOT come across so well. I got the strong impression that she would have liked to have been the only child in the family, with her father never leaving her side. There was so much resentment in her words, that at times I found it hard to read as she mixed the positives with a constant dig, "if only he'd spend more time with me" which came across as whiney and bitter! When she did have his full attention, it was to get a flash car from him or act all brattish. Yet he was always loving and kind and never raised his voice to anyone. Instead of feeling grateful to her wonderful father who provided riches beyond their wildest dreams, she constantly whinges throughout the book. No wonder he wanted to get away at times! And as for the way she treated her poor first mother! Yet she felt no shame!! Incredible!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like father 8 Jun 2008
By Bluecat
Deanna Martin does a pretty good job in this book (ostensibly about her father), treading a thin line between over-gushing, misty-eyed sentimentality and a condemnation of his womanising and lack of parental concern. What comes accross is that she loved her father a great deal but probably didn't like him very much.

A lot is left untold here and a lot glossed over as it comes from the child's perspective and from that point of view maybe this should be an autobiography of Deanna Martin and not a biography of Dean.

There are several asides and intimations which are never truly explored - like the week-long affair she had with Robert Mitchum; like the house she sold for her step-mother with unfortuante results (which are never gone into - and enquiring minds want to know!)

However all in all this is a good read - but if you are an ardent Dean Martin fan you may now like what you find out about him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read 5 Jan 2014
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Ordered this for my Wife.

She enjoyed it and thought it was an honest review of what Dean Martin's Daughter's life was like with her Father.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of this guy 4 Sep 2013
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An entirely honest account of a beloved father. Everybody loves Dean as a man and as a performer, and the book recounts why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's amore 7 Nov 2011
ana Martin has written a wonderful love-letter of a memoir about her father. She had a rough and bizarre start in life with her unstable mother but then joined her father at the age of nine and lived in luxury. She is honest about his shortcomings and admits he was too set in his ways to be much of a father, but sings his praises as a fascinating and supremely talented man.

The book is interesting, well-written, and full of celebrity stories. Reading it envelopes you in Dean's charm and it's like he never left us. Highly recommended for Dino's fans.
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