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Friday, June 7, 2013

Remembering Dean Martin

(Two posts today.  Please scroll down for today's political post)

Born on this day in 1917:

On this day, Dean Martin's birthday, I Love Dino Martin is planning more tributes to the memory of the King of Cool.


  1. Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW, thanks for honorin' our Dino so well on the 96th anniversary of his descent to earth....The Day That Coolness Came To Earth. And, thanks ever so much for your mention of special Dino-tribs at the ol' ilovedinomartin Dino-blog...go a really special and sweet Dino-treat for this very Dino-day. Your Dino-trib will be shared soon with all the pallies gathered 'round ilovedinomartin. Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!

  2. Dean Martin was a very classy guy. I loved his singing and always had a high opinion of him.

  3. Love it Ms. AOW! Great job honorin' are one & only King of Cool! Happiest Birthday pal!

  4. I sure do miss those good ol' days when entertainers made it their business to ENTERTAIN you, instead of beating you over the head with hideous noise and riling you about their latest pet liberal activist cause.

    Dean Martin was always fun to watch and nice to listen to. He was a good actor too. I remember him in The Young Lions. He held his own with Marlon Brando and Paul Newman.

    I wish he'd lived longer, but Hey! He really LIVED, didn't he?

  5. FT,
    Despite his unhealthy life style, Dean Martin might have lived longer if not for the untimely death of his son Dean Paul Martin in 1987. Dean Paul had turned his life around after several turbulent years -- only to perish in the crash of the jet fighter that he was flying in maneuvers over the San Bernardino Mountains. If I recall correctly, Frank Sinatra's mother died in a plane crash over those same mountains, where the turbulence is so unpredictable.

    According to my father-in-law, who treated Dean Martin in his final days at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Dean Martin gave up the will to live -- his grief over the loss of his son was that overwhelming.

    PS: The Young Lions proved that Dean Martin had a flair for dramatic acting. His flair for drama was rarely tapped, however.

  6. More about The Young Lions:

    Never comfortable in films, Martin wanted to be a real actor. Though offered a fraction of his former salary to co-star in a war drama, The Young Lions (1957), his part would be with two intriguing young actors of the period, and he could learn from Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. Tony Randall already had the part, but talent agency MCA realized that with this movie, Martin would become a triple threat: they could make money from his work in night clubs, movies, and records. Martin replaced Randall and the film turned out to be the beginning of Martin's comeback.


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