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Legendary Rat Pat singer and actor Dean Martin has perhaps become even more respected since his death. Today fans of all ages download his songs from the Net and purchase his recordings on CD. His extraordinary renaissance is detailed in this absorbing biography of the man the world knew as the eternal essence of cool. From his early days as a trainee boxer to work as a croupier in the local casino, where he proved to be a big hit with the women who frequented his table, this compelling biography dispels the myths about the consummate professional who worked hard to cultivate a reputation for laziness. Michael Freedland has had exclusive access to Martin's family and friends, including some who have never spoken of Dino before. Freedland takes an indepth look at Martin's career, as well as his lifelong friendship with Frank Sinatra, his chronic claustrophobia and his manic fear of hospitals. Here at last is the truth behind the iconic singer, including his three failed marriages and the reconciliation with Jeanne, his second wife.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: arts & entertainmentFilm, TV & DramaActors & Acting techniquesIndividual actors & performers Publisher: Pavilion Books Publication Date: 17/06/2005 ISBN-13: 9781861058829  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Michael Freedland is a freelance journalist and broadcaster specialising in personality interviews and acclaimed Hollywood biographies. He wrote and presented the Radio 2 series on Dean Martin, the story of a man he himself interviewed, both in London and Hollywood (a rare event for Dean did not enjoy talking to journalists). Freedland also met Jerry Lewis and numerous others quoted in this definitive biography. His previous work includes 'Jack Lemmon: Some Like it Cool' (1861055102) and 'Liza with a "Z'" (1861056818), both published by Robson Books. He lives in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

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