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Dean and Me: A Love Story

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They were the unlikeliest of pairs — a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J..

Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something clicked—someth
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Published October 10th 2006 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2005)
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As someone who's worked with Mr. Lewis for the past 18 years, I was very curious as to his career and his career with partner Dean Martin. This book certainly documents their meteoric rise to fame and all the love and difficulties these two amazingly talented men had during their 10 year partnership. Jerry worships Dean and that love and affection is unwavering. It's a quick and interesting read about two of showbiz's greatest music/comedy teams.
Christy B
My reading of this book has been long overdue and I don't know what took me so long. I can't express just how surprised I was by this book; I expected a lot of bullshit, but I was wrong. The honesty in this book was almost shocking; Jerry didn't hold back. I love the funny stories of him and Dean in the early part of their partnership and marked a few of them to go back and read when I need a laugh. Jerry Lewis has always made me laugh with his Idiot shtick and he made me laugh with the written ...more
Sep 11, 2008 Lani rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Martin, Lewis, or the Rat Pack
Shelves: biography
I have a total crush on Dean Martin, so this book by Jerry Lewis was fascinating. I knew next to nothing about Martin and Lewis (other than that they were partners), so I loved hearing about the jokes and pranks and humor they found together.

Lewis portrays Martin as a totally different person than the media's perception and portrayal. He frequently comments on Dean's tendency to play the drunk both for humor's sake and to keep people at a distance. Martin's love for old Westerns made me smile, s
JoAnne Pulcino

Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan

The unlikeliest of partners, a handsome crooner and a skinny comic seemed destined for mediocrity until the moment they appeared together and something clicked, really clicked!

In no time they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles and created hysteria wherever they went. They were an American intuition until ten years to the day they joined forces it all ended.

They would not speak for twenty years that saw them both embark on triumphant solo c
Eric Kibler
I loved this book. The story of Martin and Lewis, as told by Jerry Lewis, is a showbiz story as big, sweeping, and heartbreaking as the story of The Beatles.

I grew up with the different stages of Jerry Lewis. I was too young to have known him as part of a partnership, but as a kid, I loved his movies. Every kid did back then. As I got older, I seemed to grow out of that type of comedy, but I watched Lewis's annual telethon for Muscular Dystrophy with a bit of unease. It seemed he wasn't the goof
Patrick Di Justo
Jerry talks about his man-crush on Dean Martin, how it led to them becoming a singing/comedy team, how it devastated him when they broke up, and how his attempts to prove to himself that his own life had value turned him into the egotistical pretentious jerk the French love. Oh, that, and his percocet addiction.

In one aside, Jerry mentions that he and Dean never passed up an opportunity to socialize with groupies. Since this was the late 1940s - early 1950s, a time without easy access to either
I thought this memoir might be a bit one-sided in its view of why the charmed, ten-year partnership of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis met its demise, but that was not the case. This touching tribute–written with an unexpected depth of honesty–will have you laughing at the antics of these talented performers as it enlightens you to the intricacies of their unique bond.

In March of 1946, friends Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (each with his own act) were booked at the Havana-Madrid nightclub on Broadway.
This is the story of the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis partnership that set the entertainment world on fire in the 1950s. That is, the story according to Jerry Lewis. I'll take his word for it, as I wasn't fully aware of the fact that they were a team, having only known Dean as a solo act and Mr. Lewis as a telethon host. Time flies.

This is an easy, uncomplicated read. Lewis is gracious and admits his own ego issues. Dino never appeared to think twice about the inevitable split, going on to much highe
Oh many mixed emotions about this book. I had seen several of Jerry Lewis' films from the 60s, and one or two of the films he and Martin starred in. A couple of months ago, I started watching the Colgate Comedy Hour when it airs once a week on a local channel, and I totally fell in love with Martin and Lewis. They're a perfect team. So when I found out that Jerry Lewis had written a memoir, I had to read it.

I have a love-hate relationship with celebrity memoirs and biographies. I love re
Joy H.
Added 10/24/12.
_Dean and Me: A Love Story_ (Audio CD) by Jerry Lewis
Read by Gregory Jbara. ISBN: 0739322745

I listened to the audio version of this book sometime around August 2012.

This audio-book was easy to listen to. I found it interesting because I grew up listening and watching Martin & Lewis perform. It seemed to be told from the heart by Jerry Lewis who reminisced about his relationship with Dean Martin, the good times and the bad.

Marcella Termini
Jul 06, 2008 Marcella Termini rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Marcella by: Saw Jerry Lewis on television talking about it...
This book starts off with a bang and continues through the high and low times of the Martin and Lewis team with such force that you don't want it to end... it does end though, but with the same bravado that it began...

The Lewis/Martin partnership is one that most "rat pack" fans overlook--we all know how America has semi-bastardized Lewis as just a goof-comic, and this book gives you such an insight into not only the technical side of what went on, but really explains how that something most pe
This was a very pleasant listen. I watched Martin and Lewis movies as a kid, and never realized their breakup happened well before I would have been watching movies. Loved the Dean Martin show on TV. Always nice to be able to appreciate celebrities as human beings.
Andrea Bolton
Always been a Jerry Lewis fan and I loved this book. It's always great to learn how teams started and this was so well written, I couldn't put it down.
Jerry Lewis kind of grosses me out whenever I see him being interviewed, but I used to enjoy his movies when I was little, so I generally cut him some slack. The man isn't renowned for his modesty, so it's nice to see him giving credit, and lots of it, where it's due. It's evident that Lewis adored Martin, perhaps on a grander and certainly more personal level than any of his wives (I for one won't forget anytime soon the scene where Dean obligingly inspects Jerry's swimsuit area for pubic lice. ...more
Jade Dermody
I had read a (not so great) biography of Dean Martins last summer and when my mum handed me this biography I was interested to see Jerry Lewis take on his mysterious partner. It was great to see he didn't go into a lot of detail over their films and instead paints a vivid picture of the club scene that started them and the amazing people they met. But mostly I was impress with this book as it was a true love story and Jerry pours his heart into trying to describe his friend as fairly as he can. ...more
Whew! Is this book honest to both tremendous frailty and incredible strength.

Memoirs of celebs are not my thing. Yesterday I walked into my library to get something that had been held for me and they had set up a new and recent display. Each staff member had put on it three of their favorite books in different genres from different periods. This was there on that shelf. So I took it. And read it over a period of a busy day. Drawing me like a magnet between necessary chores, appointment, etc. Cou
Lisa Hull
I liked it a lot. Always been a fan of Dean and Jerry. Jerry when I was younger, Dean as I got older. Although this is told from Jerry's perspective, he gives Dean a lot of the credit for their act being so successful. Why did they break up in 1956? Because it was aways, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. The fans, the critics, the studios, loved Jerry, thought Dean was okay.

What comes through loud and clear is how much Jerry idolized Dean. And how sad he was that they didn't speak for 20 years after their la
Interesting account of the comedy partnership of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Jerry seems to tell a pretty unbiased story of his and Dean's professional and personal relationship---through the good times and bad times, and their eventual reconciliation in Dean's later years. Gonna have to rent me a few of their movies now. They were quite a pair.
Melissa Coltrane
I loved this book. I've always enjoyed Dean Martin's music but didn't really know much about Martin and Lewis as a team. This is a very interesting and touching quick read. I'm now paying closer attention to their interactions while watching their Colgate comedy hour tv show that I received as gift.
Linda Barzano
I love Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie and was excited to read this book but it was a tour through an egomaniacs mind. Lewis was so busy telling us how much he loved Martin all the while manipulating him into situations he didn't know about. It ended up being a strange sad read.
Carlos Ortiz
Through his many anecdotes, this book gives an interesting glimpse of our recent past. Jerry Lewis’ stories about the Havana-Madrid, the Copacabana and other famous night clubs, Hollywood, and London (where the McCarthy trials affected his performance) were very interesting to read.

Dean cannot counter any of the stories that Jerry tells about their life together; nonetheless, this book begins and ends showing Jerry’s great admiration for him. I found some of his stories rather puzzling, such as
Melissa Frye
This is supposed to be about Dean Martin but Mr. Lewis tends to share more information about himself than his former partner.
Rob Hood
It was fun at first. Then it became tedious.
This book feels very honest, real, sincere...a true love story from Jerry Lewis about his BFF Dean Martin. I felt like Jerry Lewis really put it all out there, the good and the bad, about their partnership, their personalities, and their lives without getting into too much dirt or too much grand-standing. I felt the tone was excellent and it was a nice, quick read about two legends. The only thing missing, for me, was for Jerry to touch on his film "King of Comedy" (1982) because that is one of ...more
This book made me so sad. I don’t think it was meant to make me sad. I mean, Jerry Lewis was being honest. At times he was painfully honest and that’s what made me sad.

Going into this book, I didn’t even know that Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin had been partners. Of course I had heard of both of them and maybe their names had resonated in my mind together, but I never really made the connection. So, I was going into this blind. And I was completely blindsided.

Lewis chronicles his relationship with
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When The Moon Hits Your Eye, Like A Bigga' Piece of Pie, 18 Dec 2005

The conversations between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis always began the same:
"Hey Paul, how you doin'"
"How you doin', polly?"
You still don't remember my f****** name?"

The simple fact that these two men started their conversations with silly nicknames says it all about their love for each other.

On Tuesday, July 25, 1956, ten years to the day after their first appearance together at Skinny D'Amato's club in Atlantic City, Dea
I grew up watching Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies. But it has only been in the last few years that I have become aware of them working together as a team. Over the years I have picked up little bits of the story: They were amazing together, and then they didn't talk for 20 years.

When I picked up this book I was expecting Jerry to place a lot of the blame for the demise of their relationship on Dean. After all he is human like the rest of us, right? Well I was wrong. Right from the beginning
Those who were not around in the 1950's probably don't know that the team of Martin and Lewis was the hottest act in show business for the ten years the two performers were together. They met in New York in the forties, young and hungry for fame after failing to set the world on fire in their solo acts. The former Dino Paul Crocetti from Steubenville, Ohio was a former boxer and illegal casino croupier who had a good voice and could only dream of singing alongside his idols, Bing Crosby and Fran ...more
The greatest comedic filmmaker of all time spits some serious back-room bull centering on the second-most artistically fruitful collaboration of his career, and it turns out about as unguarded as one can reasonably expect of these biography things. We get to hear all about how gentlemanly NYC’s homicidal mobsters were, how Jerry’s first “reefer” trip fucked with his act, his rationalizations for indiscriminately cheating on his wife, which amount, more or less, to “boys will be boys, and you bet ...more
Reading Dean & Me was a real pleasure. You don't have to even be a fan of Martin and Lewis to enjoy the ride here. But if you are a fan, then this is definitely a must-read for you. By the title of the book alone, it's clear that it centers on the relationship of both Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, both professionally as well as personally.

I knew beforehand how much Jerry worshiped Dean. I just didn't know to what extent. You really do get that Jerry loved Dean as both a partner as well as his
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