Fresh Air from WHYY, October 25, 2005 ? From 1950 to 1956, the team of Martin and Lewis were the No. 1 box-office earners and America’s favorite entertainers. A new memoir from Jerry Lewis details how a beloved 10-year partnership was destroyed.
Dean and Me: A Love Story details life behind the scenes of the 16 films and numerous television and club shows featuring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The book, which Lewis wrote with James Kaplan, chronicles the tumultuous relationship between two giants of American entertainment.
Their success brought money, fame — and a host of new troubles, from clashes brought on by big egos and diverging priorities. By the end of their run together, Martin and Lewis weren’t speaking to each other