The Golddiggers of the Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra Tour
Pictured clockwise from the bottom: Maria (Alberici) Lauren, Peggy Gohl, Joyce Garro, Patti Gribow, Linda (Alberici) Eichberg, Robyn Whatley
What a ride it was to entertain with Legendary Stars in The Golddiggers and then years later, perform their songs and share some stories about working with these Stars to an eager audience in “Showstoppers.” Of course, during our show we pay tribute to the King of Cool, Dean Martin and the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. Our tour with them was the highlight of our showbiz journey but touring with Bob Hope, Louie Prima and many other notables stars was a blast too! Looking back, I realize how fortunate we were to share in this historical time in entertainment.
A more recent highlight was when we performed as The Golddiggers in a celebration to honor our mentor Lee Hale at the Annual Dancer’s Society in Beverly Hills in 2003. Lee Hale was The Golddiggers musical director and a producer of the Dean Martin TV Comedy Hour. Entertaining as The Golddiggers in the presence of Lee, Greg Garrison, Executive Producer of Dean’s TV shows and a star-studded audience, including Dom DeLuise, Mitzie Gaynor, Lainie Kazan … was an extreme pleasure for me and my “Golddigger sisters!”
Pictured below are the Alberici Sisters and Lainie Kazan at the Hollywood Show reminiscing about times performing on the Dean Martin Show.
Throughout this decade, many of my talented girlfriends who shared in the sisterhood of The Golddiggers have joined their performance skills in SHOWSTOPPERS to the standing ovation of thousands. It’s a special time when we get together!
Pictured below from left to right are Peggy Gohl, Robyn Whatley – Kahn, Lee Hale, Marie Halton – Peck, Alberici Sisters: Maria Lauren & Linda Eichberg, Linda Bott.
You may think that being called a “Gold Digger” might be insulting but not when I am singing and dancing with the members of The Golddiggers with whom I performed. Entertaining with some of these ladies within the span of 1973 till 2005 has offered me a wide view of life and show business. During this time, Las Vegas news reporters began calling us, “The show stopping Golddiggers.” Later, a new generation of fans began calling us, “The Rat Pack Golddiggers.” The nick-names stuck with us.
A variety of TV/stage clips including The Golddiggers who toured with Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin on a past Mike Douglas TV Show and some of the ladies with whom I performed giving a tribute to Lee Hale. Don’t forget to check out the You Tube comments from The former Golddiggers too! Video starts with performing artist, Marianna Riccio (daughter) and I being interviewed on the Patti Gribow TV Show.
The rich experiences of singing and dancing in The Golddiggers, prompted my sister, Linda Eichberg and I (Alberici Sisters) to author a book called, BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, on-line. Good values are gold even while entertaining with the ‘Icons of the 20th Century’ including the Rat Pack!
I’m grateful for the blessings of a big family and good friends that keep me grounded. A big thank you to TV Producer, Lee Hale and The former Golddiggers for your comments!
Maria Lauren, a.k.a. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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