Maria Lauren – Bio

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MARIA LAUREN ~ (aka) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio 

 

Maria Lauren is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Lifestyle Educator, winner of two National Fitness Titles and a Multi-media Entertainer who performed with celebrities Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Frank Sinatra etc…. Maria also entertained on The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, The Tonight Show and was interviewed on Larry King Live, CNN-TV.

*Bio contains excerpts from Maria Lauren’s website and news publications.

 

 2017 to 2000…

 

Maria Lauren is a Healthy Living Practitioner, teaching at wellness centers and corporations including Kaiser Permanente, West Hills Hospital, Boeing, Pepperdine University, Whole Life Expo, Princess Cruises etc….

 

SINGER – TV SPOKESPERSON

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Maria Lauren – Entertainer and Fitness Motivator

Clips of Maria Lauren – Television Host & Performer

 

MARIA LAUREN – “LARRY KING LIVE”

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Larry King interviews Maria Lauren

 

(Interview text)

 Larry King: “Maria Lauren, now Maria was one of Dean Martin’s glamorous Golddiggers. She appeared with him on TV and on stage. That was one of the prettiest group of girls, more than pretty. The Golddiggers were unbelievable.”

Maria Lauren: “Ah, shucks!”

Larry King: “Maria in that group was unbelievable.”

 

 

ALBERICI SISTERS – “Rat Pack Golddiggers”


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BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS: Maria Lauren and her sister, Linda Eichberg have written a book about their journey through show biz while performing and hanging-out with the “Icons of the Twentieth Century” like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. of the “Rat Pack! The “groovy” 70’s come alive with over 300 pictures, selling on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

 

The ALBERCI SISTERS, Maria and Linda are currently making book signing appearances at entertainment venues and positive lifestyle events.
The sisters sing regularly with the LA Winds Jazz Band in the Los Angeles area.

Check out Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg in clips performing on the “Dean Martin Comedy Hour” and todays performance of the former Dean Martin Golddiggers reminiscing about times with “Showstoppers.” VIEW PLAYLIST…

 

The Alberici Sisters, members of The Dean Martin Golddiggers perform in “SHOWSTOPPERS”

 

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Maria Lauren directs performances of “SHOWSTOPPERS” and entertains with the talented DEAN MARTIN GOLDDIGGERS: Peggy Gohl, Marie Halton, Linda Bott, Robyn Whatley, Patti Gribow, Joyce Garro, Deborah Pratt, Susan Buckner and Linda Eichberg. Introducing Marianna Riccio.

REVIEWS…

Their performance was a highlight of the evening… Looking as glamorous as in their halcyon TV days.”  – Celebrity Society Magazine

“Better Than ever… These ladies sang beautifully!”  – Lee Hale, Author of best-selling book, Backstage at the Dean Martin Show

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1999 to 1991…

Maria Lauren – Singer, Actress, Host, Director, Producer

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Maria Lauren produces, performs and originates “Showstoppers” as a one-woman show…

“Magnificently performed by Maria Lauren whose appearance is as lovely as her voice… Ranks with the finest!”  – News Chronicle
  • Maria Lauren received an Award of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs for her Artistic Directing of Youth Empowerment Spotlight. This after-school program created by Maria Lauren developed the talents of youth from non-profit centers and schools to promote empowerment and a better environment  through the performing arts and musical revue, YOU GOT THE POWER.
“The young artists brought a positive message to the audience, conducting performances that acknowledged cultural diversity and creativity.”  – City of Los Angeles, Cultural Planning under Richard J. Riordan, Mayor – 1998
  • From 1991 – 1999, Maria Lauren produced and hosted a Television Series called, “YOU GOT THE POWER” with the focus on a positive lifestyle through exercise, healthy cuisine and issues relating to well-being. YOU GOT THE POWER sports wear line was launched nation-wide.
“Maria Lauren lifts your spirits with her exciting program for health and well-being.”  – The Whole Life Times, 1992
After thousands of applicants, Maria Lauren was chose to be a television host/co-writer of the KTTV Bed-time Movie television series. As an actress, Maria Lauren’s starring roles include the TV series Knight Rider, Quantum Leap and many musical comedy productions in the Los Angeles area.

 

1991 to 1972…

Alberici Sisters 

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Dean Martin and the Alberici Sisters

The Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and her sister Linda Eichberg, shared Dean Martin’s last  performances at Bally’s in Las Vegas as part of The Golddiggers.

The Alberici Sisters co-starred with celebrities like Jay Leno, Bobby Vinton, Norm Crosby, Donny & Marie Osmond… etc., also headlining to glowing reviews in leading show room such as: Studio One – Los Angeles; The Mandarin – Singapore; Atlantic City Main Room Casino’s like the Golden Nugget and Harrah’s; Las Vegas Main Room Casino’s like the MGM Grand and a tour of Japan.

REVIEWS…

“Astounding audiences … glittering performance … perfection that is undeniable … high-powered and fast-paced … they sang, they danced, they told jokes … distinctive voices … tight vocal harmonies … their performance brought them standing ovations …”

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The Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and her sisters, Linda Eichberg and Darlene Cianci produced their own show, performing internationally including a command performance for The Royal Family of Monaco. The Alberici Sisters also performed on The Mike Douglas TV Show

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Alberici Sisters

 In 1980, Maria and sister, Linda, “Alberici” had featured picks in Billboard, Cash Box and Record World, as singer/ songwriter/ recording artists.

REVIEWS…

“Talented sisters… cast its vocal spell… lyrics are compelling… ranks among the year’s best… break on the club level… embraced by radio programmer…”

Times in The Golddiggers

  • In the 80’s and 90’s, Maria Lauren was one of four ladies in The Golddiggers to perform in Las Vegas as the opening act for Dean Martin until their final performance together.

 

  • In 1977, The Golddiggers with Maria Lauren and her sister Linda Eichberg, opened for the “Rat Pack Tour” starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

 

  • Following that tour, Maria and Linda’s sister, Darlene joined The Golddiggers to tour with Donald O’Conner, Dick Shawn and Milton Berle where Maria Lauren proved her comedic/acting ability as the leading lady in the star-studded Vaudeville skit.

 

  • In 1973, after a national audition, the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and her sister, Linda Eichberg were flown to Hollywood to be members of the original Golddiggers of The Dean Martin Comedy Hour and did many Dean Martin TV Specials. 

 

  • The Golddiggers including Maria and Linda, Alberici Sisters, co-starred with Dean Martin and many Celebrities at the opening of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas; also co-starred at Caesar’s Palace and the Thunderbird.  Some of the stars that they appeared with on stage and television were: Gene Kelly, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers and Jerry Lewis, Louie Prima, Jerry Vale, Bobby Goldsboro, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and many more. They also performed on The Tonight Show and were regulars on The Jonathan Winters Show, The Mike Douglas Show and many other television series.

 

Making History…

Two-time National Fitness Champion

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Two-time National Winner – Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio, (aka) Maria Lauren

Maria Lauren (aka) Maria Elena Alberici, as listed in the Almanac of Woman’s Bodybuilding was the first woman to win two National Fitness Championships in one year: Miss Body Beautiful USA and Miss Americana in 1972. Maria also graced the cover of Strength and Health magazine, Vegetarian Times and has been featured in many publications. 

 

INTERESTING FACTS…

Maria Lauren is the oldest of nine children who was brought up to value health and fitness and was raised on a plant-based diet. As a teenager, Maria starred in many off-Broadway musicals and local television shows in her hometown of Philadelphia. Her mom was a Big Band singer, so Maria began singing with bands at an early age and learned the vocal techniques of Enrico Rosati, (Maria Lanza’s teacher) from her dad. Maria Lauren continued studying voice in New York and Los Angeles from noteworthy teachers that included Seth Riggs. 
Today, Maria shares her extensive experience in fitness and singing to her clients and continues to entertain. Maria Lauren lives in the Los Angeles Valley.  

 

Maria Lauren’s Website

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