Jeanne Biegger- What happened to Dean Martin’s ex-wife?

Jeanne Biegger

Jeanne Biegger is the ex-wife of Dean Martin. Jeanne Biegger’s ex-husband, Martain was an American singer, actor, and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed “The King of Cool.” Martin gained his career breakthrough together with comedian Jerry Lewis, billed as Martin & Lewis, in 1946.

Jeanne Biegger: Bio Summary

Name Dorothy Jean Biegger
Famous asEx-wife of Dean Martin
Date of BirthMarch 27, 1927
Birthplace Coral Gables, Florida, United States of America
Age at time of death89 years old
Date of DeathAugust 24, 2016
Place of death Beverly Hills, California, United States
Zodiac SignAries
Children Ricci Martin, Dean Paul Martin, Gina Martin

What happened to Jeanne Biegger?

Jeanne Biegger, born Dorothy Jean Biegger (March 27, 1927- August 24, 2016) was the ex-wife of the famous musician and singer Dean Martin. Biegger, also known as Jeanne Martin was born in Coral Gables, Florida. Jeanne Biegger died at the age of 89 on August 24, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California, United States. Her zodiac sign is Aries.

The former beauty queen and model will best be remembered for being the second wife of legendary entertainer Dean Martin. Jeanne Biegger began modeling in Miami and was voted Orange Bowl queen in 1947. The following year, she went to the Beachcomber Club in Miami to see a New Year’s Eve show starring Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Before Jeanne Biegger entered the picture, Dean Martin was married to Elizabeth Anne McDonald, with whom he shared four children, Craig, Claudia, Gail, and Deana. In 1949, they decided to call it quits, and that same year, the actor found himself in love with another woman, Jeanne Biegger. When Jeanne Biegger was 22, Jeanne married Dean Martin after falling in love during a New Year’s Eve show in 1949.

A week after Martin was granted a divorce from his first wife Betty McDonald, he and Biegger wed on Sept. 1, 1949, in Beverly Hills with Lewis serving as best man. During their 20-year marriage, she would make several appearances on television shows such as ‘The Dean Martin Show’ and ‘I Love Lucy’. Together they had three children; Dean Paul, Ricci, and Gina Martin. Jeanne also ended up accepting her husband’s four children, Claudia, Craig, Gail, and Deana, raising them as her own. 

Their marriage lasted 24 years (1949–1973) until they got divorced. Eventually, Martin reconciled with Jeanne, though they never remarried. She died from complications of cancer at her Beverly Hills home, just three weeks after the death of her son, Ricci. Jeanne is buried at Westwood Memorial Park, near the crypt of Dean Martin.

Following their separation, Dean Martin went on to marry Catherine Hawn. While they did not have any children together, he adopted his third wife’s daughter Sasha in the early days of their union. 

Jeanne Biegger, on the other hand, remained single for the rest of her life. She got close to her ex-husband because of their son Dean Paul’s death, and their relationship remained this way until the entertainer died in 1995. 

Jeanne Biegger Cause of Death and the death of her sons

As said earlier, Jeanne Biegger passed away from cancer at the age of 89 in 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. However, it wasn’t the first tragedy the Martin family faced. Only three weeks prior, Jeanne’s second and youngest son, Ricci, also met his creator. 

Ricci, a musician, and entertainer like his father, was also found dead at his home in Utah. Although he was only 62 at his time of passing, Ricci achieved a lot following in his famous father’s footsteps. In the ’70s, he released his single “Stop, Look Around” and the album “Beached.”

Jeanne Biegger’s son, Dean Paul began his career as an actor, starring in the 1985 show “Misfits of Science” and “A Single Man,” but behind the scenes, he was a man with a passion for flying. He once said, as told by People:

“The high I get seeing the sun come up is so great that if I die, it would have been worth it.”

Unfortunately, his words became the irony of his downfall. Jeanne Biegger’s son Dean Paul died while flying the middle jet in a line of three Phantoms together with Captain Ramon Ortiz, his weapons officer.

Jeanne’s only remaining child, Gina, is in her 60s. Like her parents and other siblings, she was gifted with a beautiful voice that jump-started her career. She later married The Beach Boys co-founder Carl Wilson.

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