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AALIYAH | Lucille Ball | Milton Berle | Les Brown | Karen Carpenter | Charles Chaplin's Son (Little Mouse) and Buckwheat | James Dean | The Del Rubio Triplets Minus Two | Morton Downey Jr | Roy Rogers and Dale Evans | Richard Farnsworth | John Gotti | Vince Guaraldi | Harry Houdini | Meyer Lansky | Liberace | Julie London | Raymond Massey | Marilyn Monroe | Jim Morrison | Carroll O'Connor and his son Hugh | Papa John Phillips | Elvis Presley | Mario Puzo | Claude Rains | Joey Ramone | The Rat Pack: Frank, Dean, Peter, and Sammy | STUDIO 54 owner Steve Rubell: Pasha of Disco | Gene Siskel | Ann Sothern | Andy Warhol
The Rat Pack: Frank, Dean, Peter, and Sammy
The Rat Pack
The name “Rat Pack,” did not originate with its "later" owners, so they claimed. They, Sinatra, Lawford, Davis, Martin and Bishop, said that they did not like the term and that it was a result of Time Magazine.
What probably started the whole thing, was that Sinatra and his crew were among those who belonged to Humphrey Bogart’s, “Holmby Hills Rat Pack,” in the early 50’s. When Humphrey Bogart died in 1957, Sinatra took over. Most of the original members quit and the new group was made up of Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean. Peter Lawford was added later.
They epitomized “cool,” by driving expensive cars, carrying a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. They were constantly surrounded by beautiful woman, stayed only in the penthouses of the best hotels , and had their own “cool” language.
A movie, "Ocean's 11" was made in 1960 which perpetuated the Rat Pack manner. It was about 11 army buddies from World War 2, who plan to rob five of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas.
Cast from the original "Ocean's Eleven."
While I was in Florida I stayed on lovely Miami Beach, on Collins Avenue to be exact. The first place I wanted to take my kids was Wolfie's Restaurant. This place was the best for anyone who loves a hefty corned beef sandwich with a decent potion of outstanding potato salad and a bowl of excellent pickles. Unfortunately the place is now closed! Why am I talking about Wolfie's????
Well it use to be a Miami Beach hangout for not only Meyer Lansky (who had his own booth there), but for the Rat Pack as well.
When Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack played the now-defunct Marco Polo Hotel, they'd always stop at this beach-deli landmark. This place was always heavy on the kitsch, but light on the wallet. There you could get a great meal for a song. Just before it's closure I'm told it became the spot for insomniacs and club kids. R.I.P. Wolfie's.
Click below to read all about the men who gave "cool" a whole new attitude.