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The Rat Pack was a group of actors originally
centered on Humphrey Bogart. In the mid-1960s it
was the name used by the press and the general
public to refer to a later variation of the group,
after Bogart's death, that called itself "the
summit" or "the clan," featuring Frank Sinatra,
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and
Joey Bishop, who appeared together on stage and in
films in the early-1960s, including the movie
Ocean's 11. Sinatra, Martin and Davis were
regarded as the group's lead members.
The name "The Rat Pack" was first used to refer to
a group of friends in New York. Several
explanations have been offered for the famous name
over the years. According to one version, the
group's original "Den Mother," Lauren Bacall,
after seeing her husband (Bogart) and his friends
return from a night in Las Vegas, said words to
the effect of "You look like a goddamn rat pack."
 "Rat Pack" may also be a shortened version of
"Holmby Hills Rat Pack", a reference to the home
of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall which
served as a regular hangout.
The 1960s version of the group included Frank
Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey
Bishop, Peter Lawford, and for a brief stint,
Norman Fell. Marilyn Monroe,
Angie Dickinson, Juliet Prowse, and Shirley
MacLaine were often referred to as the "Rat Pack
Mascots". The post-Bogart version
of the group (Bogart died in 1957) was reportedly
never called that name by any of its members —
they called it the Summit or the Clan. "The Rat
Pack" was a term used by journalists and
outsiders, although it remains the lasting name
for the group.
Often, when one of the members was scheduled to
give a performance, the rest of the Pack would
show up for an impromptu show, causing much
excitement among audiences, resulting in return
visits. They sold out almost all of their
appearances, and people would come pouring into
Las Vegas, sometimes sleeping in cars and hotel
lobbies when they could not find rooms, just to be
part of the Rat Pack entertainment experience.
The Rat Pack's appearances were unprecedentedly
valuable because the city would always become
flooded with high rollers, wealthy gamblers who
would routinely leave substantial fortunes in the
casinos' coffers. The marquees of the hotels at
which they were performing as individuals would
read, for example, "DEAN MARTIN - MAYBE FRANK -
MAYBE SAMMY" as seen on a Sands Hotel sign.
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. They wake up in the morning and that's the best they're going to feel all day.
Peter Lawford died on December 24, 1984, of
cardiac arrest complicated by kidney and liver
failure at the age of 61.
Sammy Davis, Jr. died at the age of 64 on May 16,
1990, of complications from throat cancer.
Dean Martin died at home on Christmas morning,
December 25, 1995, aged 78.
Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998, at the age of
Joey Bishop, the last surviving and longest-lived
(89) Rat Pack member, died on October 17, 2007.