Dean Martin's Love and Family Life
Dean Martin got married for the first time in 1940, at the age of 23, when he met Betty MacDonald, a 19-year old girl. They had four kids together: Craig, Claudia, Gail and Deana. They had a very troubled relationship. Betty tried her best to be a good wife and mother for their kids but she had alcoholism problems that were never resolved. Others claim that Dean Martin's infidelities were the main issue in their relationship. In a biographical novel by Nick Tosches it is mentioned that Dean Martin used to physically abuse his wife. Whichever of these is true, their marriage only lasted for nine years. Dean and Betty got divorced in 1949. After the divorce Dean gained custody on all four children, while Betty went to live an obscure life in San Francisco. A movie was made in 2002 centered upon their relationship called Martin and Lewis.
Dean got married soon afterwards to a beautiful blonde, Jeanne Biegger. She could sometimes be spotted at Dean Martin's shows before he divorced Betty. Jeanne and Dean had three children together: Dino, Ricci and Gina. His son Dino was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1987. Dean Martin's and Jeanne Biegger's marriage lasted for 24 years. They got divorced in 1973.
With now seven children and an ex-wife to support, things were not looking well. But he got married again right afterwards. Dean Martin's third and last marriage was the one to Catherine Hawn. She was spotted by one of the singer's managers working at a swank salon. She was very beautiful. The manager set up a date between her and Dean. Catherine already had a daughter, Sasha, who Dean Martin adopted. They got married in 1973. However, their relationship didn't work so Dean initiated the divorce three years later.
It is rumored that Dean Martin managed to keep a friendship relationship with his second wife Jeanne even after their marriage ended. They talked about family issues and consulted each other. Jeanne encouraged him when his health weakened telling him not to look at death as a way to reunite with his lost son and parents.