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Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes

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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 re
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 22nd 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published October 26th 2004)
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It's always interesting to read about a subject via their relatives or friends, and this book is a different look at Dino from one of his daughters.

Unlike his son's book, which seemed more of a whitewash, Deanna's book brings a decidedly personal view. The reader ends up getting her main point, which is that she was the middle child in a huge family and was overlooked by her famous father. However, some of her writing comes across as very whiny, reflecting more of a spoiled child. She also is ve
Joy H.
Added 3/21/15. (The book was published in 2004.)
I read this book in March 2015. In this book, Deana Martin relates her memories of her father, Dean Martin (singer & actor). I never realized he was in so many movies and was praised for his acting in serious films. I always remember him as a singer and part of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra.

Deana tells about the negative effect which the problem of their broken family had on her life and especially on the life of Dean Martin's first wife, Bet
Feb 10, 2015 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I would give this a 3.5. It is written by Deana Martin, Dean Martin's daughter. it is seen through her eyes. Deana talks much of her own life and growing up with a famous father. She wrote an honest account of her dad, biological mother and jeanne her step mother. Her dad left the family and his first wife when Deana was one to marry Jeanne. she lived with her mother until she was nine along with her three older siblings. It was not easy nine years. her mother was very mixed up, blew the money s ...more
Jan 16, 2012 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, ipad

”…my eyes were drawn to a ring he was wearing on his little finger. “Here,” he told me, sliding it off and handing it to me. ‘I want you to have this’. ‘Thank-you,’ I said, and slipped the ring on.—page 166 [A gift from Charlie Manson.]

Over the past few years I've had the pleasure of seeing Deana Martin, in concert, at least a couple of times. She is every bit as charming on stage as her dad ever was, and at least twice as adorable. It was at these concerts that I first
Gary Anderson
Oct 12, 2016 Gary Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dean Martin evokes for me a time and a style that is gone. He was suave and silly, a crooner whose greatest musical contributions were feel-good romantic ballads and novelty songs. As an actor, he seemed effortless and was always enjoyable to watch. When I was a kid, we always watched when a Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie came on TV for the Sunday afternoon matinee, and I still like to watch old videos of his great variety show and celebrity roast. And we were privileged to see the last night ...more
May 25, 2010 Paulette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deana opens her heart and shares stories and memories about her life growing up with one of the larger than life entertainers that has ever lived. Through statistics she proves his popularity but she also proves why he was so worthy of such admiration. She sets the record straight on his work ethic, his sense of discipline, his love for his children and even some of his personal habits.
She admits he was not the best father or husband, a non-communicator, distant solitary man at times, one consum
Feb 24, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by far one of the best biographies/memoirs about Dean Martin that i've ever read. Written by his 4th daughter by his first wife, Deana tells what it was like growing up, with her mother Elizabeth (Betty) Anne McDonald, who was an alcoholic and as thus not the best mother. And when he found out about it, Dean's subseqensent custody suit, and what it was like when they went to live with him and his then-wife Jeanne. The rest of the book tells stories about what it was like growing up with ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Heartwarming, Touching, Fascinating & Honest!!! An Excellent Read!!!
SM Surber
I would rate this a 3.5- very interesting and informative. Dean Martin seemed like a much nicer man than most in Hollywood at the time-
Feb 06, 2017 Lenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dean Martin's life told by his daughter Deana. A real slice of Hollywood.
Richard Bennett
Oct 30, 2016 Richard Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dean(a) Martin, the youngest of Dean's daughters from his first marriage, pretty well sums it up when she says of her Dad, "No, he wasn't a good father, but he was a good man." I got curious about Dean after reading about the Martin & Lewis team, and wanted to know why the break-up occurred. Dean was a restless man after a ten-year stint, he wanted to branch out and make music, which he did in a phenomenal way. He'd already conquered the nightclub act, he'd already made 17 movies with Jerry ...more
Whistlers Mom
Sep 12, 2016 Whistlers Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author writes of the many times she is approached by adoring fans of the late Dean Martin who ask, "What was he really like? Was he a good father?" Struggling to honor her famous parent without being dishonest, she replies gently, "No, but he was a good man." It's a memorable quote from this sometimes painfully honest family biography.

Martin leveraged good looks and a pleasant voice into a successful, multi-decade career in show business. He was also portrayed as a family man with a happy ma
Michelle (Champ)
Jun 10, 2015 Michelle (Champ) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most bio type books, I think some of the truth may be colored a bit rosey....but who knows I wasn't there! In this book, Deana protrays her father to be a kind man but not a good father. I saw many times where I thought he was a good father. Many times. I also thought he was a people pleaser who liked to entertain and play golf. He realized his first wife wasn't caring properly for the 4 kids he had with her. He took the kids to court and got custody. He moved them in the house with his ...more
Rico Marciano
I admired the effort of Deana Martin, I loved the personal stories, and the subject matter of her Dad, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and all of the famous Rat Pack groupies. The subject of the book is Dean Martin, a talented singer, and entertainer, who was lusted by women, respected by men, and was an Icon in my neighborhood. But, I felt the author veered off purpose in many places, keeping her Iconic Dad in the background, while making herself, an unknown showbiz kid, the subjec ...more
Barbara VA
Apr 23, 2012 Barbara VA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dean Martin has been part of my life forever! My parents were great fans and we went to every movie together, I remember watching the Matt Helm movies at the Drive In and the great fun of Robin and the 7 Hoods was on TV every time it was shown. Dinner was never complete without listening to at least 1 side of the Everybody Loves Somebody LP before watching the variety show.mNow I love to listen to that voice and just smile and hum along.

Great story telling by one of his daughters. Loving and hon
May 13, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really kept me reading and was a pretty positive look at what for most people might not have been the most positive experience of parenting. I was a fan of Dino, Desi and Billy in the sixties/seventies, so the background of this story was familiar to me from teen magazines. Dean Martin and his friends were indeed a fascinating group of people, although I in no way covet their lifestyle. It is sad to read how very many broken marriages were the result of the Many people who were feature ...more
Jan 01, 2009 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Dean Martin or the Rat Pack.
Recommended to Dawn by: I bought it because I love Dean Martin
I loved this book and thought it was one of the best biographies I ever read. Deana wrote a great story about her father. She did not make him out to be the perfect father, but she also did not trash him. I do not like when people write books trashing a person who is dead and not able to defend themselves. Deana showed that her father was human with flaws like everyone else. I love Dean Martin and this book made me love him even more. I enjoyed hearing about all the celebrities that were regular ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Klega50 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Dean Martin, you'll like this book. Even if you'd just like to read about an entertainment icon, this book will interest you. Written by his daughter, Deana Martin, it's full of anecdotes and touching remembrances. She doesn't go into extensive detail about the events but lets you know the importance the event was to the family. All the names of the Dean's compatriots are in the book with a story for each. Deana states early in the book that "Dean Martin wasn't a good father, ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beautiful-flaws
To say I love this book may be an understatement, despite being told through his daughter's eyes this isn't a "My daddy is superman" book. Dean isn't painted as a good father, but he is painted as a good man.

Now here's the real trick to reading this book, at least once (I've read it a few times)when you get to the Dean and Jerry years...put it down. Counter-intuitive I know, but trust me pick up "Dean and Me: A Love Story" by Jerry Lewis and read that (another amazing book) and THEN continue to
Cynthia Jones
Jan 31, 2015 Cynthia Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, informative and sincere book

This biography of Dean Martin (as well as his families) is enlightening and joyful. It shares the true story of a consummate entertainer and his struggles with the responsibilities of fame and family.

Much of the book gives a great insight into old Hollywood and the Las Vegas scenes, which is quite enjoyable. The family anecdotes are sincere and the author does not shy away from sharing the dramatic, and sometimes painful, price of fame.

Laughter and tea
Nov 13, 2008 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dean Martin was always the Rat Pack member I liked the best although this book revealed information about him I was unaware of and that I did not like. The talent level of Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra and Dean was incredible and we should remember them for the good things that they accomplished. I heard Deana Martin on the radio and she sounded like a well adjusted person despite the celebrity spotlight that she found herself growing up in and the book bears this out. The Dean Martin and Jerry ...more
Cheryl Grace
May 24, 2013 Cheryl Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful bio, written lovingly by Dean Martin's daughter, Deana. My grandparents are huge fans of the Rat Pack and saw them perform many times in Vegas. I have always wished I could have seen that era, and, of course, it can never be duplicated, so I'm left with books to take me back to the swingin' sixties. Dean Martin was a difficult person to describe, and to many, simply put, a difficult man. Very complicated and quite aloof, but also very generous and kind. I appreciate the memor ...more
Tammy Bernadt
Oct 25, 2015 Tammy Bernadt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am 55. My father watched him a lot and laughed a lot. I watched his movies // the Roast with my parents// when I was in my 20's I really love watching him in everything. I was on Facebook and happen to see this book posted.
You really wrote a wonderful story on your memories with your Father. Book was hard to put down. Sometimes I would read about someone and then not liking what I read about them :(. I am so glad I still think he was the greatest Man after reading your book. Part I don't like
Feb 02, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was just awful. Very depressing. It showed how one minded celebrities are. Dean Martin used to be one of my favorites but he totally sacrificed his marriages and family for his ego. I had so much less if any respect for him when I finished this book. Once upon a time I thought how neat it would be to have a "star" for a parent...but they just had very sad lives. I think Deana Martin wrote from a 7 year olds perspective. I really had to MAKE myself finish this book...and for all that ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Everything you wanted to know about Dean Martin, by one of his daughters. He was not a good father, or a good husband. He was distant with most people. He loved playing golf, he was always on time, and he had a great relationship with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. I couldn't put this book down, and finished it in two days. I didn't really know that much about his family, but this book talks about all his marriages, and children, along with all the show business people he wa ...more
Dale Stonehouse
Jul 09, 2014 Dale Stonehouse rated it really liked it
Lovely book by a daughter dedicated to the legacy of a world-famous father who was just a regular guy. His adventures in the rat pack, Vegas, Hollywood film and especially comedy with Jerry Lewis are documented with a love only a daughter has for her dad. Music almost seems secondary to the largeness of Deano's personality and carefully-crafted false reputation as a lush in his weekly variety show during the 60s and 70s. Deana's celebrity friends growing up in Hollywood also give her stories a f ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart-felt autobiography written by Deana Martin chronicling her life with her father, Dean Martin. She is the fourth child of Dean’s first wife, Betty. Betty never got over Dean leaving her for his second wife Jeanne, abandoning her children and becoming an alcoholic. Deana tells of the good and bad times she experienced growing up with her famous father, and with multiple families. Great stories about the Rat Pack, meeting the Beatles and Elvis, and her aloof father’s life and death. Having me ...more
Frank Tutone
Jun 22, 2016 Frank Tutone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book if you grew up in this era. Dean Martin was "a member of the family" in my house and we watched everything he was in. The biggest mystery was why he split up with Jerry Lewis and all is explained in this book. The insights that Deana gives into the personal life of Dean are nothing short of endearing. He was an amazing personality and I very much enjoyed reading about the fantastic life he had.
This book was okay, at times the writing seemed really clumsy.

I think at some points Deana comes across as a spoiled brat.

I would like to have known more about her mother.

It seems like Dean made many mistakes while raising her, but yet he was still her hero.

While her her mother who had problems with booze, was made to pay dearly for her mistakes.

Maybe there was little too much hero worship going on, for the author to write an honest book.

It is just my opinion.
Mar 06, 2011 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book! I learned things i never knew about dean (like the drinks you always saw him with were either tea or apple juice!). it also was a good insight to the life and determination Martin had for his career and life. It was nice it was not too anti-dean and going on and on about what a crummy father he was. There is some of that but its not over done.
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