ML - Vegas Magazine

2013 - Issue 5 - September

Vegas Magazine - Niche Media - There is a place beyond the crowds, beyond the ropes, where dreams are realized and success is celebrated. You are invited.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 27 of 163

F ront Runners Robert Brandt and Janet Leigh, flanked by the couple whose home they met in, Dean and Jeanne Martin. Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime JANET LEIGH TIES THE KNOT WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FAMOUS FRIENDS. BY DEVIN HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETTMANN/CORBIS A fter a few false starts, actress Janet Leigh found lasting love when she married Hollywood stockbroker Robert Brandt on September 15, 1962. The two 35-year-olds were wed inside the posh suite of Dean Martin and his wife, Jeanne, at the Sands Hotel. The famed Rat Pack member had served as matchmaker for the two power players, who met at the Martins' house during Leigh's weekend break from filming Bye Bye Birdie. In true Hollywood fashion, it was the fourth marriage for Leigh and the third for Brandt. Just the day before, Leigh had finalized her divorce from actor Tony Curtis, with whom she had two daughters, future actresses Jamie Lee and Kelly. Leigh, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her iconic performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, bounced back from divorce with a busy year: Before wedding Brandt in the fall, she shot the film The Manchurian Candidate, costarring Frank Sinatra. After 23 years, the Martins' union ended in 1973, but Leigh and Brandt's marital bliss lasted 42 years, until her death in 2004. Martin, "the King of Cool," had a more prosperous (and longer lasting) relationship with Las Vegas. First arriving in town in 1949, he eventually held a one percent ownership in the Sands. The hotel's cultural cachet peaked when, during the filming of Ocean's 11, the movie's main stars—the legendary Rat Pack—performed together in the Copa Room. In honor of Martin's esteemed place in Vegas entertainment, the Strip's lights were dimmed on the day he died, December 25, 1995. V 26 VEGASMAGAZINE.COM 026_V_FOB_FR2_Sept13.indd 26 8/6/13 10:15 AM

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of ML - Vegas Magazine - 2013 - Issue 5 - September