Remembering Larri Thomas

December 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm 1 comment

Dean Martin & 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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  • 1. Video Vision  |  January 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

    From the Dean Golds and Dings Facebook page:

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    Francie Mendenhall So sorry~ I doubt that she was 81?? RIP Larri

    Gigi Prioletti Dallas May she RIP

    Dean, Golds and Dings Hi Francie. While at first blush, it may seem hard to believe, Larri’s age at the time of her passing, 81, was confirmed by all three of the external sources cited above — The Hollywood Reporter, the Internet Movie Database, and the website Glamour Girls of The Silver Screen. Bear in mind that her career in show business began in the early ’50s, when most of The Golddiggers were still toddlers. If you take into account the fact that the first film in which she appeared, Road to Bali, was released in 1952, and couple that with the year of her birth as reported by the aforementioned sites — 1932 — that would mean that she was 20 when she made her big screen debut. It thus follows that if she was born in 1932, she was indeed 81 at the time of her passing in October. Of course, that doesn’t make the loss any less sad, and echoing what you wrote: May she rest in peace.

    Francie Mendenhall She was amazingly lovely and youthful.

     

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