Monday, July 25, 2011

Copa, Copacabana . . .

JULY 25, 1956.

The Copacabana nightclub in NYC hosted it's final showing of the pair Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in 1956 (10 years to the date of their first appearance there in 1946).  Starting together in 1946, The duo made 16 box office hits together and were the #1 nightclub act in America.

They were the first guest on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1946, had their own radio and TV hours, and completed their last film together, Hollywood or Bust, also in 1956.
After the split of one of the most famous duos in history, Jerry Lewis went on to be one of  the most popular comedic actors well into the 60's.  Even though many thought Martin would fall on his face  solo, he too had many successful films, albums, and TV shows.

In 1989, the pair reunited one final time in Vegas at Bally's Hotel and Casino for Martin's 72nd birthday.  They would never bee seen together again.  Dean Martin died in 1995.

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