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Dean and Me - Jerry Lewis & James Kaplan

Dean and Me

Author Jerry Lewis & James Kaplan

  • Published: 2005-10-25
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
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In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of his fifty-year friendship with Dean Martin. 

They were the unlikeliest of pairs—a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J.. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something clicked—something miraculous—and audiences saw it at once.

Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions flowed in, seemingly without end—and then, on July 24, 1956, ten years after it all started, it ended suddenly. After that traumatic day, the two wouldn’t speak again for twenty years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers—Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies—their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each man’s heart.

In Dean & Me, Lewis makes a convincing case for Martin as one of the great—and most underrated—comic talents of our era. But what comes across most powerfully in this definitive memoir is the depth of love Lewis felt for his partner, and which his partner felt for him: truly a love to last for all time.

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    I was born in 1978 and thanks to my parents I watched many Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin movies... I was always amazed by them.. Their energy was a ball of light that I could absorb and understand even when I was 7-8 years old... The love that you two 'have' for one another is an inspiration. I personally believe in the undying force of energy, love (being one of the strongest) will never frail. I am so happy to have bumped into this book. It not only is a great fun read but a source of what life itself, in essence, is about. In my late thirties, I now know what it was about Martin and Dean that captivated me... I thank you Jerry Lewis for giving your life to the audience and for sharing your most dearest treasure, your memories, with us...