Deana Martin is an accomplished
actress and entertainer who has achieved success in all facets of the
entertainment industry. She is currently at work on
her autobiography, tentatively titled "Memories are Made of
Ms. Martin made her television
debut in 1966, performing on her father's legendary series The Dean
Martin Show. She soon became a frequent guest, taking part in both
musical and comedy numbers with a wide array of guests including Frank
After training professionally at
England's Dartington College of Arts, Ms. Martin amassed an impressive
array of theatrical credits appearing in English productions of Romeo
& Juliet,The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and A
Taste of Honey. Upon her return to the states, she made her North
American theatrical debut along with George Hamilton in the critically
acclaimed national tour of the Neil Simon play The Star Spangled
Girl. She soon added to her ever growing list of stage credits with
appearances in Wait Until Dark, Six Rms Riv Vu, A Shot
In the Dark and The Tunnel of Love.
Concurrent with her theatrical
work, Ms. Martin was a Reprise Records recording artist. Her single,
"Girl of the Month Club", was a radio favorite and a chart
topper. In demand as a performer, Ms. Martin appeared on many of the top
television shows of the day including The Joey Bishop, Merv
Griffin and Mike Douglas Shows. She also made a fabled
appearance playing the dual roles of Daphne & William on a memorable
episode of the popular series The Monkees entitled "Some
Like it Lukewarm."
Ms. Martin was introduced to
motion picture audiences in 1968's YOUNG BILLY YOUNG, a classic of the
western genre, in which she co-starred with Robert Mitchum and Angie
Dickinson. Her promising debut led to subsequent film appearances in
STRANGERS AT SUNRISE with George Montgomery and A VOICE IN THE NIGHT
with Vito Scotti. In addition to her film and television work, Ms.
Martin was a busy nightclub entertainer headlining at many of the
nations top showrooms including Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the
Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s,
Ms. Martin channeled her enthusiasm for health and excercise into a
successful fitness company -- Bodies by Deana. This lead to a workout
video, The Deana Martin Total Body Workout and her own
talk show, The Deana Martin Show, whose 40+ episodes were
broadcast on cable throughout California.
Deana's desire to continue her
fathers lifelong tradition of support for various childrens charitable
causes has lead to her role as spokeswoman for The Roosters -- a
California based organization that supports several childrens charities
throughout the country. She is a driving force behind The Dean Martin
Festival; a yearly event in her fathers hometown of Steubenville, Ohio.
Proceeds from this event help fund the Dean Martin Music Scholarships;
awarded to worthy young people in the Steubenville area of which her
father was so fond. In 2002, Deana, along with her husband, John
Griffeth, successfully lobbied the Ohio State Legislature and realized
their goal of having Dean Martin's birthday, June 7, declared a state
holiday. Dean Martin has the distinction of being the only entertainer
honored in this manner. The establishment of "Dean Martin Day"
ensures the continued success of the Dean Martin Festival, a boon to the
local economy, and the future endowment of the Dean Martin Scholarships.
In 2002 America watched Deana's
return to television musical performance in a memorable segment of the
Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Martin and Lewis were together again as Deana
and Jerry performed a touching duet of "Time After Time" in
honor of her father. Recently she was invited to speak in Washington
D.C. where her father, along with Sophia Loren and Robert DeNiro, where
honored by the National Italian American Foundation. This event served
as the launch of a new Dean Martin Music Scholarship.
Ms. Martin and her husband John
Griffeth are proud parents and grandparents.
They reside in Beverly