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January 1, 1996
Re "Dean Martin, Screen Star and Singer, Dies at 78," Dec. 26: All the obituaries on Dean Martin have described him in private life as a loner, reclusive, remote. But that's not the way I remember him. Several years ago, after dinner at a family-type pizzeria on Pacific Coast Highway, my 7-year-old daughter, Tracey, asked me for some coins to play the video games along the wall. I said I was sorry but I hadn't brought along any cash, when I suddenly heard someone behind me saying, "I got some."
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February 1, 2014 | By David Colker
Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, 83, whose portrayal of a defense attorney in the 1961 drama "Judgment at Nuremberg" earned him an Academy Award, died Friday in a hospital in Innsbruck, according to his agent Patricia Baumbauer.  Schell had been having lung problems, which led to him being admitted to the hospital, said Baumbauer, reached outside Munich, Germany. Schell's wife, Iva, was with him when he died. He was a prolific actor who was Oscar-nominated for two other roles -- in "Julia" (1977)
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NEWS
March 21, 1988 | Associated Press
Dean Martin, 70, was hospitalized in fair condition with kidney problems today, but the "Rat Pack" reunion concert tour with aging superstars Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. will go on without him, at least temporarily. "He had a flare-up of a kidney condition he's had for some time," said Ron Wise, spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. After appearing in Chicago on Sunday, Martin checked into the Los Angeles hospital early today to be treated by his personal physician, Wise said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Richard Pryor died in 2005 at the age of 65 from a heart attack related to multiple sclerosis. The unexpected thing, given his life and habits and health, was not that he died so young but that he lived so long. Marina Zenovich's enlightening biographical documentary, "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," which premieres Friday on Showtime, opens in the aftermath of Pryor's famous 1980 self-immolation - a suicide attempt, the film argues, and not an accident related to freebasing cocaine, as was speculated.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1996
Dean Martin was a kind, sweet man. I had the pleasure of working with him for 15 years. I was one of the Golddiggers, "his girls," as he liked to call us, his family on the road. He watched as we grew from teenagers to women with our own children. He held our babies, called and sent flowers when we were sick and sincerely cared about our happiness and well-being. We lifted his spirits and "gave him a reason to perform" after Dean Paul died. We watched him go through divorce, rekindle his friendship with Jerry Lewis (they left messages in lipstick to each other on the dressing room mirror)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1996 | ROBERT HILBURN
Martin had some hit singles for Capitol in the '50s, including "Memories Are Made of This," but he had trouble finding a large album audience. So, Frank Sinatra--in an apparent effort to convince some of his huge audience to take a chance on his buddy Dean's LPs--conducted the orchestra on this collection of dreamy ballads, which were arranged by Pete King.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1995 | MILES CORWIN and DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The limos, Cadillacs and Mercedes began arriving shortly after 6 p.m., and mortuary attendants escorted the celebrities to the chapel's side entrance, safely out of view of the paparazzi, news crews and reporters. In the darkness Thursday, the arriving guests had come to say their goodbyes to Dean Martin, the immigrant Italian barber's son who grew up to become a boxer, a bootlegger, a blackjack dealer--and a movie star.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1987 | JERRY BELCHER and LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writers
A California Air National Guard jet fighter piloted by Capt. Dean Paul Martin, actor and eldest son of entertainer Dean Martin, was still missing late Monday as a three-day air search ended for the night. The search was to resume today. It is believed that Martin's plane, one of a flight of three planes, crashed into the side of Mt. San Gorgonio, about 22 miles northeast of here.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Striking musicians today forced the indefinite cancellation of the Dean Martin show at Bally's Hotel and Casino on the Strip. The musicians set up picket lines Thursday after Bally's switched from live music to taped numbers for their production show, Jubilee. The cancellation of the Martin show was the first time a Strip headliner has been affected in a two-month dispute between hotels and musicians.
NEWS
January 7, 1994
Abner (Abby) J. Greshler, the talent agent who teamed Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and brought them to Hollywood, has died. He was 83. Greshler died Dec. 30 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, his wife, Violet, said Monday. A native New Yorker, Greshler began his career in show business management at 15, handling Paul Tremaine and his "Band From Lonely Acres."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012
The highlight of "The Dean Martin Christmas Show," which was just released on DVD, is a comedy bit with the host dressed in a tux playing an employee at a department store complaint department. He's visited by Bob Newhart, who wants to return a bad toupee. The two try to maintain their composure but can't stop laughing during the sketch. The swinging fun, which aired in 1968, also features Dom DeLuise, Dennis Weaver, a cameo by Bob Hope and plenty of holiday songs with Dino, the Golddiggers and his staff's offspring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2011
Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, 79, who performed with the Rat Pack and frequently appeared on Johnny Carson's late-night talk show, died Wednesday at Villages Hospital north of Orlando, Fla. She had breast cancer and blood clots, said her friend Gerry Schweitzer. During the Vietnam War era, Stevens also performed for American soldiers in the war zone with Bob Hope's USO tour. Rat Pack members she shared the stage with included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. She also sang solo at such venues as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Dean Martin didn't have any interest in doing a weekly musical-variety series when NBC approached him in 1965. "In those days you were either a movie star or a TV star," said his daughter Deana Martin, who is also a singer. "He came home one night and said, 'They are going to offer me a TV show. I don't want to go in every day and do a TV show.'" Martin was a huge star at the time. Despite the "British Invasion" of such musical groups as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Martin's albums continued to land at the top of the charts.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2011
Martin and Lewis Dino first came to fame as the straight man to Jerry Lewis' comic shenanigans. Combining singing and comedy, the pair were superstars of nightclubs, radio, TV and movies. The Rat Pack Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were the epitome of cool whether singing in Las Vegas or starring in films such as 1960's "Ocean's 11. " 'Kiss Me, Stupid' In this underrated 1964 Billy Wilder romp, Martin plays a drunken, womanizing pop singer named Dino who finds himself in a tiny Nevada town where he meets two budding songwriters and a hooker-waitress (Kim Novak)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2011 | By Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
In the public eye, they lived a fantasy that mere mortals could only dream of. But between the ellipses of Rat Pack lore existed a carnival of leisure, stress, politics, starlets, heartache and happiness. For decades, some of the only photographic evidence was stashed in a cardboard box labeled "Do Not Print. " That is, until now. "The Rat Pack," a limited-edition volume by Reel Art Press, is a sprawling compilation of visual footnotes in the everyday world of Frank Sinatra and his band of brothers.
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills home owned by entertainer Dean Martin in the 1980s has come on the market at $4,495,000. The remodeled contemporary, built in 1959, has an open-plan living and dining room with angled ceilings, a fireplace and walls of glass looking out to the pool and spa area, a fountain and terraces. In the kitchen, the island — with a wine cellar, a sink and prep space — can seat four. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Martin, who died in 1995 at age 78, was a film and television actor and nightclub singer turned recording artist.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
EMI Group said Monday that it had formed a partnership with the Dean Martin trust to market the late singer and movie star's name, image and likeness. Martin's worldwide record sales exceed 50 million units, according to London-based EMI, which said it would continue to market his catalog of recordings. EMI is taking steps to find alternate sources of income from its artists at a time when traditional forms of revenue, such as CD sales, are declining.
NEWS
December 26, 1995 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dean Martin, who overcame the breakup of his comedy partnership with Jerry Lewis to become a successful film, television, recording and nightclub star in his own right, died Monday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 78. "Dino," as he was known to his show biz cronies and generations of fans, died of acute respiratory failure at 3:30 a.m., said his longtime publicist, Warren Cowan. "Dean was my brother--not through blood but through choice," said Frank Sinatra in a written statement.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
EMI Group said Monday that it had formed a partnership with the Dean Martin trust to market the late singer and movie star's name, image and likeness. Martin's worldwide record sales exceed 50 million units, according to London-based EMI, which said it would continue to market his catalog of recordings. EMI is taking steps to find alternate sources of income from its artists at a time when traditional forms of revenue, such as CD sales, are declining.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Twenty years to the week after his death, Ricky Nelson is rocking again. Starting today music giant EMI Group is launching a fresh collection of Nelson's greatest hits, part of a larger effort to sell a new generation of music fans on artists popular with their parents -- maybe even their grandparents.
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