Happy Birthday, Marilyn O’Leary
When the decision was made during the 6th year of The Dean Martin Show to select 4 members of The Golddiggers — Michelle DellaFave, Tara Leigh, Susie Lund and Wanda Bailey — to form a new quartet called The Dingaling Sisters, the move created openings in the Golddiggers lineup that needed to be filled.
This was the season that The Golds had replaced Dean’s Girls as the resident singer-dancers on Dean’s series, so whichever candidates would be chosen to join the group had to be not only talented and telegenic, but also ready for regular-season prime-time audiences. Luckily, three newcomers were found that more than met those requirements: Francie Mendenhall, Janice Whitby, and our birthday honoree today, MARILYN O’LEARY.
In addition to singing and dancing with the other Golds on Dean’s program, Marilyn became part of the troupe just in time to join them on Bob Hope‘s 1970 USO Christmas Tour, entertaining America’s armed forces around the globe. In the years since, Marilyn has continued to sing, often performing solo at concert engagements, giving voice instruction to others, and even entering and winning the Ms. Senior Nevada America Pageant in 2010 — offering yet one more bit of proof that the beauty and talent of The Golddiggers and Dingalings is truly golden.
And so, Marilyn, from everyone at Dean, Golds and Dings, here’s wishing you a Happy, Healthy Birthday, and Many, Many More.
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