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

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  354 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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
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
Dale Stonehouse
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
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
Barbara VA
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
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
Jan 01, 2009 Dawn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Cheryl Grace
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
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
Thea Marlowe
Good book, but family so dysfunctional, sad.
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
Jean Becconsall
Not captivizing...just a memoir of her life as his daughter & different things about Dean Martin, which we probably didn't know; it was ok, wasn't an extraordinary read
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.
Kuriztee Cebolla

Fantastic. I loved it. I love Dean Martin even more now. <3
I loved, loved this book! Dean was such a very kind, funny person. The stories of the Rat pack and different famous people was so interesting. His daughter that wrote the book wrote a wonderful touching book. He was incredibly lucky and he never forgot where he came from! I want to read Tina/Nancy's book of Frank next.
Kristen R
I love Dean Martin though I was not old enough to remember him growing up. I became a fan of his after he had died because of my mother. My mother would watch his variety show with her dad as a young girl. Reading this memoir, I learned things about him that hindered my image of him. He was a great entertainer, but not always the best husband/father. Nobody's perfect!
Intresting book, find it intresting how she was much more forgiving of her fathers faults and failings as a parent, but not so much her mother. (she mentions a few times going to therapy sessions to work through issues to do with her mother, but never mentions her father)

Mind you it is intresting to see all familys are the same no matter what.
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.
Strung this one out for awhile. Good read. My mom was always a fan of Dino's and we always watched his TV show. I can remember her singing Everybody Loves Somebody when she'd be working around the house when I was a kid and the song was popular. This was a nice look at the man by his daughter. Some nice pictures, too. RECOMMEND!
Read this when it first came out and found it to be a loving biography of Dean Martin, warts and all, by his daughter. She seemed able to step back from the vantage point of his child and comment on his life and the choices he made, the good ones as well as the bad.
The writing itself is pretty elemental, but the subject matter was interesting enough. Kind of old hollywood name dropping mixed with emotional abuse. I didn't know Dean Martin was that crappy of a father, or that his daughter was that delusional about him.
Nov 05, 2007 Kendra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dean Martin fans
A good look at life with Dean Martin, from his daughter's perspective. I learned a lot about Dino, thankfully some it dispelled some not-so-favorable reports I'd read in other media. Deana obviously loved her father, and it really shows in this book.
I loved reading Dean Martin's story through Deana's eyes. I looooove his voice, his performances, his roasts. Now I love him even more knowing Dean Martin the human being.
A very good read. I recommend it if you are a fan of Dino.
Ta`Mara Hanscom
So sweet. Though her father was quite a cad, Ms. Martin portrays him with respect and dignity. I did read through the lines...Dino was a terrible husband, but his kids loved him like crazy and that's gotta count for something.
An amazing book about her father Dean Martin.
It's not your typical tell-all, it's (to me) a love letter to her father of whom she thought was a lousy dad but a wonderful man.
Interesting and enjoyable read. Fascinating glimpse into the Beverly Hills lifestyle in the 50', 60's and 70's. Dean was an interesting character.

I loved this book. I have always loved Dean and this answered a lot of questions that I was interested in knowing. Very well written.
A great book about a truly amazing entertainer. Told by his oldest daughter you really get to know and understand Dean Martin - the family man.
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