Following the death of Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis felt the need to express the outstanding wonderment and gratitude he kept for his former partner. The result was the book: Dean & Me (A love Story). In the book Lewis tells how a probability meeting and introduction with Martin lead to their teaming up with remarkable success. Success that unbelievably took an unknown comic with a pathetic pantomime act and a good, but unnoticed singer from being second class night club entertainers to being the hottest act in the country in a matter of just a few weeks.
With outstanding candor, Lewis describes how success affected each of the men and how their responses to new situations were not always the best selections or the admirable thing to do. For example when they got their original check for twenty-five thousand dollars, they naturally went to the casino rather than compensate the bills and they suffered the predictable results. Or how right after their rise to fame, these two married men had very public affairs with well recognise Hollywood starlets and closely destroyed their careers as well as their marriages.
In the end, after ten years the two men found themselves locked in a movie contract with a producer who could only see them in his idea of a formula for success. Dean always played the rather boring, self centered singer and Jerry the thirty something year old child idiot. They were disillusioned and did the only thing they could, they fulfilled their contracts and walked away not to speak to each other for twenty years.
Lewis proceeds the story to tell how they were publicly brought back together and then renewed their friendship out of the public’s eye.
This book has been around awhile, but I still liked reading it. Some humans might say it was just a book written to take vantage of the advertizing following a celebrities’ death. But it wasn’t. This book was written so a man could candidly tell in regards to his wonderment and gratitude of another man. And to set the record straight in regards to numerous things.
For a baby boomer, like me, this book filled in the gaps in my psychological result of perception learning and reasoning with regards to these two stars from my childhood. And for humans much younger it may give a glimpse at a time when celebrities became celebrities because they could entertain us with their abilities and skills