Beyond Our Wildest Dreams: Present & Past


ALBERICI SISTERS: Maria Lauren & Linda Eichberg

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new! Only natural that I spent New Years Eve with family and friends but after the clock struck twelve, I was off to Jamie Foxx’s New Year’s celebration bash. That’s only natural too, since most of my life has been a balance between time spent with family and performing with celebrities.  

As we drove on Jamie’s street in Westlake, it wasn’t hard to spot his home twinkling with Christmas lights at the top of the hill. Donning a goatee’, Jamie Foxx was not only the host for the evening but took the role as the DJ for the festivities, as well. When our family was able to steal Jamie away from his admiring crowd for a few minutes, it was an honor to give him our book with a personal message from my sister and myself. What a thrill to hear Jamie Foxx say our book looked “tite” and to find out he was a fan of the Rat Pack!


BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS is a book by the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg. The Reviews are coming in…

“There’s a brand-new book that traces those magical years and what life was like, performing with SHOW BUSINESS LEGENDS: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Donald O’Connor, Louis Prima and similar legends… it also CAPTURES THE FUN AND SPIRIT OF THE ERA with more than 300 rare and unseen photos in a wonderful pictorial layout. Historian Billy Ingram produced this 340 page book with a UNIQUE WAY OF STORY-TELLING using quotes and dialogue as if a room full of contributors were all communicating on a party line.”  Neil T. Daniels, President, DEAN MARTIN FAN CENTER (December 2011 magazine issue)

Neil T Daniels is a former network television executive, Dean Martin Fan Center founder and was closely associated with Dean Martin during his years on the Dean Martin Television Show. Neil also co-wrote a book with singer /golfer Don Cherry called, Cherry’s Jubilee – ‘Singin’ and Swingin’ Through Life’. Available at Amazon.

“Maria and Linda have written a sublime book about their lives in show business… And it’s EXTREMELY ENGROSSING. I was part of their lives, yet I was surprised and pleased to find a lot in their book that I was unaware of, things that I chuckled over and things I was moved by. The ladies have had a REMARKABLE LIFE, and it’s lovely to read about it.”  Lee Hale, Producer, DEAN MARTIN SHOW

Lee Hale has acted as a Producer, Associate Producer or Musical Director for the famed Dean Martin Television Shows and The Golddiggers from the 60’s and into the 90’s. Lee Hale’s work was nominated for five prime-time Emmy Awards. His long expertise in the entertainment industry evolved into Lee Hale authoring two books, Backstage on ‘The Dean Martin Show’ and most recently, The Lee Hale Story. Lee Hale’s books are available at Amazon.

Our book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Book preview and info at Beyond Our Wildest Dreams.


Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! In the words of Mr. King Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Growing evidence indicates that benevolent acts improve longevity, lower depression rates and reduce the risk of heart disease. I’m grateful to work as a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente where I help patients put fitness in their daily routines. Some of the classes that I teach are Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Dance Exercise.

Happy 90th Birthday to Betty White! She is still going strong returning to NBC to star in a new reality TV series, Off Their Rockers, a Candid Camera / Punk’d – type show where senior citizens play pranks on young people. On my blog in November, it was a privilege to write about this amazing and inspiring woman! Betty White: “Golden Girl” inspires “Golddigger” 

Wishing you loving blessings in the new year,

Maria Lauren, (aka) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio – Your Powerful LIFE blog




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A Powerful life with Jack LaLanne


Alberici Sisters with Jack LaLanne celebrating his 95th Birthday: Maria Lauren, Jack LaLanne, Linda Eichberg

The beginning of another year and a time to make plans to map out your powerful life! My parents were my GPS that guided me on a positive path but along my journey there were other motivational people whose purposeful life continue to be a powerful beacon in my life, today.

My sister and I, Alberici Sisters, grew up watching Jack LaLanne on TV. The Jack LaLanne Show was the longest running health and fitness show in history, airing from 1951 to 1985. Recently, my sister, Linda Eichberg and I sang “Happy Birthday” to Jack LaLanne for his 95th birthday and led participants in 95 “Jumping Jacks” at the Los Angeles Council Chambers. Our enthusiasm shook up the room and Jack’s sense of humor had us all laughing. Now, that’s a prescription for good health!


Jack LaLanne, Godfather of Fitness


Jack LaLanne’s TV show inspired my family to keep healthy and fit. Coincidentally, both my father and Jack LaLanne suffered through illness when they were young boys. That motivated my father to raise his big family of nine children on fresh squeezed vegetable juice and daily exercise. We kept these healthy family values, even before it was popular. 

Being children in the 1960’s, we suffered ridicule from our peers for bringing whole wheat bread to school. This was during the ‘wonder bread’ or white bread era. We were not rich but my father and mother were diligent in their struggle to feed all their children healthy and wholesome food. They often told us, “You are what you eat” and “Health is wealth.” These statements were a positive influence that guided me to be the first woman to win two National Fitness Titles, all in one year. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former Mr. Olympia was one of the judges and handed me my trophy.


Maria Lauren, (aka) Maria Elena Alberici, National Fitness Champ


POWERFUL EVENTS: I’ve been blessed to have had the inspiration of “Power People” touch my life. Another fitness pioneer is Joe Weider. Recently, I was pleased to be one of the speakers to share the podium with Joe at the first National Fitness Day in LA., a part of the Shape Up America Campaign held in Los Angeles, California.


SHARING FITNESS VALUES TODAY: Continuing my passion for fitness, I’ve extended my expertise as an on-staff Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Pemanente where I teach exercise classes. According to a joint ranking by U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance, we offer the top-ranked health plans in the nation in both Medicaid and Medicare.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: This month we celebrate another “Powerful Life,” Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Become the change that you want to see in your life. Strive to be consistent, trusting in the power that created you. Nobody is perfect, so there will be little failures and little successes, even little miracles. I believe in miracles. Do you?


Wishing you many blessings,

Maria Lauren (AKA: Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio) – yourpowerfullife


Dean-Martin-&-Alberici-Sisters-book,-Beyond-Our-Wildest-DreamsBeyond Our Wildest Dreams, tells the story of two sisters growing up with healthy values and entertaining with showbiz icons that include the Rat Pack.

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Maria-Lauren-Alberici-Riccio-You-Got-The-PowerThis is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.