Deana Martin is an American singer, actor, author, performer and daughter of well-known entertainer, Dean Martin.
Deana Martin was born in Manhattan, New York, to Dean Martin and his first wife, Elizabeth (Betty) MacDonald. She moved to Beverly Hills, California with her family by the age of one. She later went to live with Dean and his second wife, Jeannie Biegger. During her childhood, it was not unusual for her dad's Rat Pack friends, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr, to stop by for a visit. Being around her father and his friends led Deana to decide that she wanted a career in the entertainment industry.
Deana made her television debut in 1966, performing on "The Dean Martin Show." She became a frequent guest, taking part in both musical and comedy numbers with a wide array of entertainers including Frank Sinatra. Deana trained professionally as an actor at the Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. She has performed in theater productions in a variety of leading roles onstage including "Romeo & Juliet," "A Shot In The Dark" and the National Touring Company for "The Star Spangled Girl" with George Hamilton. The entertainer has been in movies, co-starring alongside Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson and David Carradine in "Young Billy Young"; Vito Scotti in "Pisano A Voice In The Night"; and George Montgomery in "Strangers at Sunrise." Deana first established herself as a recording artist with producer Lee Hazlewood for the Reprise Records label. The recordings included her country hit, "Girl of the Month Club," while Deana was still a teenager. Other tunes on the project were "When He Remembers Me," "Baby I See You" and "The Bottom Of My Mind," all recorded during the 1960's. Musicians from the famous Los Angeles group the Wrecking Crew, which included Glen Campbell on guitar, played on these recordings.
In 2009 the singer's CD "Volare," released on Big Fish Records, was in both the "Billboard" Top Jazz Albums chart and the "Billboard" Heat Seekers chart. It was preceded by "Memories Are Made of This" in 2006. Deana's current release, "Destination Moon," is a compilation of her favorite jazz and pop songs, plus a duet with her father, Dean Martin, on "True Love." The singer is also an author with her New York Times best-selling book, "Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes." Deana performs her father's songs as well as favorite classic pop hits. She performs in venues around the world including symphony halls, performing arts centers, blues venues, jazz clubs and festivals. Deana is a health enthusiast, and in the 1980s and 90s, she developed the company Bodies by Deana, releasing a top-selling workout video, "The Deana Martin Total Body Workout."
Deana and her producer/husband, John Griffeth, divide their time between a home in Beverly Hills, California and Branson, Missouri.
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS
Deana was in the recording studio in 2005, working on her first full-length album, "Memories Are Made of This," for Big Fish Records. She covered some of her father's hit songs, including the title cut along with "Everybody Loves Somebody," "That's Amore," "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" and "For Your Love," written by her mother Betty Martin. She also sang a duet with Jerry Lewis on "Time After Time." The album, produced by her husband John Griffeth, reached the iTunes Top 10 chart, where it remained for 40 weeks throughout 2006 and 2007.
By 2008, following her successful sold-out "Memories Are Made of This" concert tour, Deana was ready to record again. She went into the studio at Capitol Records with the same team that produced her previous album to record "Volare," released in 2009. It debuted at number seven on "Billboard's" Heat Seek chart, and climbed to 22 on the magazine's Jazz Albums Chart. "Volare" also charted on iTunes Top 10 chart.
The album of 15 pop standards includes "Mack the Knife," "What a Difference a Day Makes," "Love Me Tender" and "That Old Black Magic," along with the title tune. The recording was very emotional for Deana, who used her dad's microphone to record the project. In fact, Deana was at Studio A at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California, on many occasions when her father, Dean Martin, was recording.
In 2011, Deana released her first album of holiday favorites, "White Christmas." Joined by Andy Williams on the title track, Deana covered 10 of her favorite tunes, including "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," and "Winter Wonderland." The singer again recorded with the team of Al Schmitt, John Griffeth and Charles Calello for her third album project.
A year later, Deana was back in the studio working on her 2013 CD, "Destination Moon." The album features 15 pop classics including "Break It To Me Gently," "I Love Being Here With You" and "Beyond the Sea." Four new songs are included: "Where Did You Learn to Love Like That," "Stuck in a Dream with Me," "Read Between the Lines" and "Paradise."
Deana has a huge repertoire of music to choose from when she is in concert. She can pay homage to her father and draw from the Great American Songbook to find a combination of songs to perform for her audience. Her repertoire allows her to perform in a variety of venues, from the showrooms of Las Vegas to jazz festivals, performing arts centers, jazz clubs and with world-famous symphony orchestras. Her bookings have taken her from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to the Paramount Theatre in New York City. Appearances have been at the Coral Springs (Florida) Center for the Arts, Harrah's in Atlantic City, Rrazz Room in San Francisco, the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, the Whiskey-A-Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, The Sands in Macao or Benaroya Hall, Seattle's Symphony Hall and many others. AUTHOR
In 2004, Deana released "Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes." The book is an honest look at Dean Martin and his family, and gives insight into the varied sides of the entertainer she knew as her father.
Deana shares stories about his friends in the Rat Pack that have never been told before from a perspective of a young girl growing up around them. She talks about how her father handled his busy career, public performances and his personal role as husband and father. She talks about losing her brother, Dino, in a plane crash, and how hard it was to deal with that experience. Deana also writes about growing up among Hollywood's elite, including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and the Beatles, going ballroom dancing with a young Jeff Bridges and dating Davy Jones of The Monkees.
"Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes," made Deana a "New York Times" best-selling author. It was a best seller in the United States, Australia and England. The book was published by Random House in the U.S. and Macmillan in the UK.
Deana is working on turning the book into a movie.
On Stage and in the Movies:
Deana trained professionally at the Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. Her theatrical credits, include the English productions of "Romeo & Juliet," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Hamlet," "A Taste of Honey" and many others.
Deana co-starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's play "Star Spangled Girl" with George Hamilton and Jimmy Boyd. Other starring roles include "Wait Until Dark," "6 Rms Riv Vu," "A Shot In the Dark" and "The Tunnel of Love". Deana made her major motion picture debut in "Young Billy Young," a classic of the Western genre in which she starred with Robert Mitchum, David Carradine and Angie Dickinson. This debut led to subsequent starring roles in the films "Strangers At Sunrise" with George Montgomery, and "A Voice In The Night" with Vito Scotti.
Honoring Her Father:
For many years, Deana and husband John Griffeth worked to encourage the state of Ohio to recognize the achievements and career of Ohio's Favorite Son, Dean Martin. Throughout his career, her father never forgot his roots in Steubenville, Ohio. The couple's hard work paid off in 2001. Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed Senate Bill number 17, which henceforth enacted each June 7 as Dean Martin Day in the Buckeye State.
In 2002, an Ohio Historical Marker was unveiled in Dean's hometown. This marker serves as a reminder of the indelible link between the Ohio Valley city and Dean Martin.
Deana's television debut occurred on NBC's "The Dean Martin Show". She became a frequent guest, taking part in both musical and comedy numbers with a wide array of guests, including Frank Sinatra.
Deana has appeared on television shows around the world, including "The Bonnie Hunt Show," "The Today Show," "Live with Regis & Kelly," "CBS Sunday Morning," "Larry King Live," "A&E Biography," "Entertainment Tonight," "E! Entertainment Television," "Access Hollywood," "The Tony Danza Show," "CMT (Country Music Television)," "Sky Italia," and all the top rated BBC shows including "Big Breakfast" and "Bruce Forsyth On Vegas." She also starred in her own TV talk show, "The Deana Martin Show," which ran for four seasons.
In 2003 Deana appeared with Jerry Lewis for a musical performance on the annual MDA Telethon. The two dueted on "Time After Time" in honor of her father.
The entertainer has been profiled in publications such as: "Jazz Times," "Family Tree Magazine," "417 Magazine," "Razor Magazine" and "HELLO." Profiles on Deana have appeared in newspapers and publications around the US and abroad including England, Italy, Germany, Japan and Australia. Deana Martin, who is a licensed pilot, was also featured in a cover story for the magazines "Twin Cessna Flyer" and "AOPA" (one of America's top selling aviation magazines), both of which talked with her about her passion for flying.
In 2005, Deana joined Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and continues to work with them for various programming. On Father's Day, 2013, Deana joined Tina Sinatra for her Father's Day Special. It also featured Natalie Cole, Monica Mancini and Daisy Torme, all reminiscing about their famous fathers.