Backstage with Ron Onesti: Memories are made of ... Dean Martin

Aug 01, 2021 1099

We all have those legendary performers we wish we could have met in person. For me, the list begins with Jackie Gleason, Jimmy Stewart and James Cagney. But one name resonates as being at the top of my "Wish I woulda met" list: "The King Of Cool," Dean Martin. Dean passed away Christmas Day 1995, so I thought I would share my experience with the Martin family.

I had the good fortune of meeting his daughter, Deana (yes, that's Dean with an "a") at a panel presentation with the children of famous Italian Americans in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. At the time, I was managing Lena Prima, the daughter of entertainer Louis Prima, who was asked to be a part of the discussion. 

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