Remembering Larri Thomas
(above) Dean Martin (l.) dines with Larri Thomas (r.), as Sid Caesar (center), portraying a daft violinist, repeatedly interrupts their meal, on the Dec. 15, 1966 episode of The Dean Martin Show.
It apparently went unnoticed on websites and in publications that regularly cover Dean Martin, but we at Dean, Golds and Dings have learned that LARRI THOMAS, the striking platinum blonde actress and dancer who was a familiar presence on The Dean Martin Show during its first three seasons, died this past October at the age of 81, shortly after suffering a fall at her home in Van Nuys, California. In addition to being seen weekly on Dean’s series from 1965-68, she also appeared in two feature films in which he starred — the 1964 Rat Pack ensembler, Robin and The 7 Hoods, and the first of Dean’s four Matt Helm spy spoofs, 1966’s The Silencers. Her long list of movie and TV credits included many other parts, as well.
Even showbiz bible Variety failed to note her passing, but The Hollywood Reporter filed this obituary on October 22: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/larri-thomas-dancer-actress-silencers-dies-650121
For more on the life and career of Larri Thomas, see:
• her Dean’s List profile on The Golddiggers Super Site: CLICK HERE
• an online bio of her on the Glamour Girls of The Silver Screen website: CLICK HERE
• a list of her credits on the Internet Movie Database: CLICK HERE
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