There’s a decades-old rumor about Dean Martin that just won’t quit. And the legendary crooner did little to refute it while he was alive. In fact, he positively encouraged it. One person who’s well qualified to shed light on the story is the Rat Pack star’s daughter, Deana Martin. Which she did, in an interview with Fox News. And as it turns out, the truth is pretty shocking.
Even if you aren’t familiar with the wise-cracking, good-time-guy public image of Dean Martin, you’ll likely know his music. For example, if someone were to sing, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,” there’s a good chance you’d warble back, “That’s Amore!” This popular track has featured in everything from TV commercials to massive shows such as Friends. It’s part of the pop-cultural fabric.
You might also know that Martin was part of the legendary group of pals known as the Rat Pack. He, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. sold out Las Vegas venues in the 1960s with their iconic shows – which are still successfully touring with impersonators to this day. But what you might not know is that Martin’s daughter, Deana, is a famous singer in her own right.
Like father, like daughter
Yes, proving that she’s a chip off the old block, Deana – the youngest of Martin’s four kids with his first wife, Betty McDonald – has forged a glittering career in show business. Both an actor and singer, she began performing in theater before moving into movies and television. Her first TV appearance came in 1966, when she starred with her famous dad on The Dean Martin Show.
Becoming a star
Performing with her high-profile pop and equally big names such as Sinatra got Deana hooked on being an entertainer. She became a regular on Martin’s show, as well as recording a handful of hits throughout the 1960s. But it wasn’t until after her father’s death in 1995 that the singer’s music career really took off. Her 2006 album Memories Are Made of This featured covers of her dad’s hits such as “That’s Amore” and “Everybody Loves Somebody.”