The Truth About Dean Martin According To His Own Daughter

Published on 07/22/2020
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With a charm that was irresistible to most, Dean Martin impressed us all with his incredible voice, acting chops, and ability to make everyone laugh. Not only was he one of the most popular male entertainers during the mid-20th century, but he was also a Rat Pack member. You might be a big fan of this talented man, but his daughter Deana decided to confirm certain rumors going around about him. When it comes to the entertainer, no one knew him better than his own child! Read on and see a different side of the famous singer that you did not know about.

The Members Of The Rat Pack

In the ‘50s, Dean Martin always hung out with a certain group of friends. He was always in the company of men like Joey Bishop, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lawford, and Sammy Davis Jr. They liked to go to the Las Vegas Strip and drink together. But how did they come together to form the Rat Pack?

The Members Of The Rat Pack

The Members Of The Rat Pack

Lauren Bacall Was The One Who Named Them

Late one night, this group of men went to the house of Humphrey Bogart. Actress Lauren Bacall, who was his wife, opened the door and looked them up and down. She then told the guys that they were like a ‘rat pack.’ The name stuck, but it was not exactly cut and dry from that moment on.

Lauren Bacall Was The One Who Named Them

Lauren Bacall Was The One Who Named Them

What The Daughter Of A Member Had To Say

It has been decades since the Rat Pack first became a thing. However, Deana Martin wanted to clarify certain things about her dad and his friends in a certain interview. She said some things that made people look at the group in a different light. The revelations all had her dad at the dead center!

What The Daughter Of A Member Had To Say

What The Daughter Of A Member Had To Say

Her Dad Was the King of Cool

Dean Martin earned the moniker the “king of cool” since he had a chill yet commanding stance. As a matter of fact, it is not a stretch to say that his relaxed nature helped turn him into a big star both on the screen and on the stage. People wanted to either be him or be with him! We can certainly see why.

Her Dad Was The King Of Cool

Her Dad Was The King Of Cool

Cool And Effortless At The Same Time

The performed had a self-assured aura that only lent an effortless touch to his cool nature. People must have been under the impression that it was contagious! It looked like he passed it onto the other people who made up the Rat Pack. In those days, there was no one cooler than these fellows.

Cool And Effortless At The Same Time

Cool And Effortless At The Same Time

The Rat Pack Had The Manliest Men In The Industry

Thanks to his cool personality, Dean Martin was able to make a name for himself. The same could be said for his friends. They were easily the manliest guys in Hollywood. The guys had a strong appeal and made the ladies swoon over them. However, there were certain rumors that went around about them…

The Rat Pack Had The Manliest Men In The Industry

The Rat Pack Had The Manliest Men In The Industry

Deana Martin Spoke Her Mind

Growing up, his very own daughter was no stranger to the rumors and stories about her father. Deana Martin was aware that her dad was a ladies’ man ever since she was a little girl. She is under the impression that his macho allure and so-called “cuteness” would no longer work in this day and age.

Deana Martin Spoke Her Mind

Deana Martin Spoke Her Mind

She Was Honored By The Friars Club

Deana Martin received the official title of Trobairitz from the Friars Club in 2018. It is a private New York club that does celebrity roasts. She was aware that the organization was important to her dad. Even though she clearly cared about her father, she was not afraid to speak her mind and clear up rumors about her father. This became evident in light of the ‘Me Too’ movement that rocked Hollywood…

She Was Honored By The Friars Club

She Was Honored By The Friars Club

Her Dad And Friends Would Have ‘Landed in Hot Water’

The #MeToo movement was the first reckoning of its kind in Hollywood. She got an interesting query about the ladies’ men reputation of the Rat Pack in relation to it. Initially, she said that their playboy ways would have been endearing enough to get them out of the mess. She said, “I think they would have only because they were so cute at it, they were cool…” However, she then changed her mind.

Her Dad And Friends Would Have ‘Landed In Hot Water’

Her Dad And Friends Would Have ‘Landed In Hot Water’

It Hit Her After Saying That

When the words left her mouth, she paused and reflected on it some more. It dawned on her that her initial response would not cut it. She said that they were “just being cute” to defend the culture of harassment in the industry. This was the reason she ended up changing her first answer to the question.

It Hit Her After Saying That

It Hit Her After Saying That

Their Ways Would No Longer Be Accepted

“Well, now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t know if they would have survived,” Deana Martin then said. She acknowledged that her own father and his pals could always turn on their charm. However, she said that she did not think that their approach would have worked now if they were still around.

Their Ways Would No Longer Be Accepted

Their Ways Would No Longer Be Accepted

They Were Part Of The Friars Club

The sad truth is that Hollywood is no stranger to harassment. As a matter of fact, the Friars Club was no exception to the rule. The private club got big thanks to the patronage of the Rat Pack. However, it has been patronized by other controversial people in the past. What did Deana Martin think about this?

They Were Part Of The Friars Club

They Were Part Of The Friars Club

Her Dad Was More Than His Onscreen Persona

Deana Martin said that her dad was not the same guy that everyone saw on the screen. She said that it was all an act. There was no denying that her father really was a drinker, a philanderer, and a smoker, but The Dean Martin Show put him in a rather unflattering light every now and then as well.

Her Dad Was More Than His Onscreen Persona

Her Dad Was More Than His Onscreen Persona

How He Was On ‘The Dean Martin Show’

The show was on the air from 1965 until 1974. It was a chat show that showed Dean Martin as a very tanned guy who slurred his words. It felt like his hand was always holding onto an old-fashioned cocktail. Unlike many shows now, the entertainer did not re-tape his lines even when he messed up its delivery.

How He Was On ’The Dean Martin Show’

How He Was On ’The Dean Martin Show’

Talking About The Rumors Surrounding Her Dad

As the interview went on, Deana Martin clarified the rumors that were going around about her dad. She explained that he was not like the person that the public had in mind based on his performances. According to her, everything was just an act. The truth was that he was a much kinder person in real life!

Talking About The Rumors Surrounding Her Dad

Talking About The Rumors Surrounding Her Dad

Dean Martin Had Only Been Playing Along

“The cigarettes, the womanizing, that was his shtick,” Deana Martin explained. She said that the drink that he always had in mind was likely just apple juice. These were things he did to endear himself to the public. She also said that her dad was the “go with the flow” sort. We can now see why she thought that he would have been fine in this day and age thanks to his charm and likability!

Dean Martin Had Only Been Playing Along

Dean Martin Had Only Been Playing Along

He Had Always Been A Family Man

Deana Martin also said that her dad had always been a family man, quite unlike Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. “Dad came home every night… He wouldn’t stay up with Uncle Frank and Uncle Sammy, he didn’t want to do that,” she recalled. When the cameras were not rolling, the other men liked to do anything that they wanted. On the other hand, her dad preferred to spend time with the family!

He Had Always Been A Family Man

He Had Always Been A Family Man

A Rat Pack Member Confirmed What She Said

A former member of the Rat Pack also said that the group did not get drunk for the performances. Joey Bishop explained that the bad boy rep of the group was nothing but a joke. This only verified the claims made by Deana. We are sure that a lot of people fell for the act and would be shocked to hear this.

A Rat Pack Member Confirmed What She Said

A Rat Pack Member Confirmed What She Said

Deana Martin Suggested A Girl Group

When she was inducted into the Friars Club, it meant that Deana joined the ranks of Kristen Chenowith, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, and Dionne Warwick. She even quipped that they should start a group of their own. “Tell you what, we could be The Cat Pack,” Martin joked. “I’m going to coin that phrase.”

Deana Martin Suggested A Girl Group

Deana Martin Suggested A Girl Group

Introducing The Cat Pack

Prior to her induction, the only female members of the Friars Club had been Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Dionne Warwick, and Kristin Chenoweth. Would her dad have been glad to hear that she was inducted? Considering that she is in good company, she believes that he would have been proud of her.

Introducing The Cat Pack

Introducing The Cat Pack

She Tried A Different Style Of Humor

If you have ever seen a celebrity roast by the Friars Club, you must already know that it can get very vulgar. However, Deana Martin does things differently. According to her, shock value and vulgarity are not necessary when it comes to entertaining people. Would her father have approved of her methods?

She Tried A Different Style Of Humor

She Tried A Different Style Of Humor

What Her Father Would Have Told Her

In her heart, Deanna Martin thinks that her dad would have liked her decision to stay behaved when she joins in on the fun. “For the Deana Martin Celebrity roasts, they’re funny and use a little bad language, but they’re not vile or vulgar,” she explained. They are definitely different but not necessarily bad.

What Her Father Would Have Told Her

What Her Father Would Have Told Her

Doing Things Her Own Way

Deana Martin has a couple of guidelines she follows whenever she takes part in the roasts. According to her, she avoids things that would be considered “racist, or anything like that, just like with the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast.” This is not the only way in which she wishes to emulate her father either!

Doing Things Her Own Way

Doing Things Her Own Way

Not Many People Knew The Real Him

Not a lot of people got to know the real version of Dean Martin. His daughter felt grateful and proud to count among the handful of folks who did. However, she also knew that he loved his friends from the Rat Pack and had a great deal of fun with them. We can see why he was always so admired by others!

Not Many People Knew The Real Him

Not Many People Knew The Real Him

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