By Karen Ruiz For Dailymail. The wife of Hollywood legend Dick Martin has lifted the lid on the partying and mischief that took place within the couple's star-studded circle - including the time they got high off marijuana cookies and were cussed at by Frank Sinatra's foul-mouthed parrot. Dolly Read, 73, became the first British Playboy Playmate in , but gave up her bunny ears and a blossoming film career after falling head over heels for the famed comedian, whose show with partner Dan Rowan, revolutionized comedy in America. The couple were renowned for their star-studded showbiz parties — Frank and Nancy Sinatra were regulars, and Dick Van Dyke and Stan Laurel were also good friends with the pair. Actor and director Tim Conway were often with the couple, and The Rockford Files star James Garner also attended some of their legendary soirees.
Dick Martin's widow lifts lid on outrageous 70s Hollywood scene
Dick Martin, a veteran nightclub comic who with his partner, Dan Rowan, turned a midseason replacement slot at NBC in into a hit that redefined what could be done on television, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86 and lived in Malibu, Calif. The cause was respiratory failure, a family spokesman, Barry Greenberg, said. Martin had lost one lung to tuberculosis as a teenager, and in recent years he had used an oxygen tank for much of the day. Martin and Mr.
The young Martin was a writer for the popular radio sit-com "Duffy's Tavern" before teaming up with Rowan in the s. The duo achieved success playing the nightclub circuit and Las Vegas, leading to Martin's being cast in a recurring role on The Lucy Show as series start Lucille Ball 's next door neighbor "Harry Conners" when Lucy's new series debuted in , Martin remained as a regular on "Lucy" through the season. It was a smash hit, proving to be one of the top-rated shows of the late s, and had a huge impact on American pop culture during the first years of its five-year run. The series was canceled in Like Rowan, Martin became a frequent panelist on game shows such as Match Game 73