It’s happening! My sister Linda and I are finishing up a book about our adventures as members of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and our experiences singing and dancing with the biggest stars of the 70’s. Our book is appropriately called, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams.
Beyond Our Wildest Dreams propels the reader back to the glory days of The Rat Pack, dazzling Las Vegas in the 1970s and the end of the television variety show era. But it’s not all glitz and glamour – it’s also the story of two sisters from a large Italian family led by a domineering father whose radical ideas on health and nutrition were decades ahead of their time and a sometimes glamorous mom of nine children with a quirky show biz background.
As the reader follows our journey through show business, we have quotes from notables of the biz and fellow members of The Golddigger too. Some of these girls have become our life long friends.
While doing research for this book, I was blessed to become re-acquainted with some of The Golddiggers with whom I lost touch. Reminiscing, it was touching to find out that our bond was still strong, even though we haven’t spoken in over thirty years. I was proud to learn that Lee Nolting, the youngest member of The Golddiggers in 1973, presently teaches dance to low-income youth in her community. Kudos to her for helping others live their dream too!
Needless to say, touring with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would be any performers dream! We learned so much about the art of entertaining by watching these pros in action! Pictured above is Dean Martin and The Former Golddiggers: Clock-wise from right to left (kneeling) Peggy Gohl, Maria Lauren, (standing) Robyn Whatley-Kahn, Patti Gribow, Dean Martin, Joyce Garro and Linda Eichberg.
“When Frank entered the stage he lifted the mood with a jovial greeting, “Hiya, gang,” and the audience went crazy. Sinatra skillfully and dynamically paced his set. He was a master of the dramatic pause. For instance, when he performed the popular song, ‘I Write the Songs’ by Barry Manilow, Mr. Sinatra made the song his own after delivering the first line, ‘I’ve been around forever.’ He paused and the audience applauded in agreement.” – Maria Lauren, book excerpt, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams
As I did research for the book I was re-acquainted with some of The Golddiggers with whom I lost touch. Lee Nolting, the youngest member of The Golddiggers during 1973, presently teaches dance to low-income youth in her community. Reminiscing, it was evident that our bond was still strong, even though we haven’t spoken in over thirty years.
About the book: Beyond Our Wildest Dreams is a biography in an oral history format written by the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg with production design by Billy Ingram. It tells about a thrilling time in show business when the Rat Pack ruled! Now available on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Speaking of dreams, a Kaiser Permanente study finds people who slept 6 to 8 hours a night and reported lower stress levels lost more weight. The biochemical basis for this has to do with the hormones that stimulates and suppresses appetite.
Do you need help relaxing, de-stressing and sleeping? If you do, I would like to introduce you to the CD, Relax-n-Renew containing soothing music by Al Alberici and positive visualization narrated by me!
Wishing you pleasant dreams,
Maria Lauren, a.k.a., Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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* The Alberici Sisters, Maria and Linda continue to entertain and are motivational speakers.
* Maria is a personal singing coach, fitness coach and a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente.
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