Linda (Alberici) Eichberg
Becoming an instant international Television celebrity at the age of nineteen was major culture shock for me. Until then I hadn't even been allowed to date, except for my high school proms.
I was a vocal music major in college when I read about the National Dean Martin Golddigger auditions being held in N.Y. These auditions were held in every major city in the U. S. After selecting woman from each city, there was a re-audition process in California. My sister Maria and I were selected along with six other talented ladies.
Bobby Vinton and
As Golddiggers we were frequently head-liners with Bobby Goldsboro at the Thunderbird Hotel. (Not as easy as All Slots Online Casino but it was the 1970s.)
We were also the opening act for Joan Rivers and regulars at Bally's and the MGM Grand with Dean. In between Golddigger jobs, I had the huge honor of returning to the MGM Grand in 1982 with my sisters to open for Bobby Vinton as The Alberici Sisters. Vegas was much more glamorous and formal in those days. I remember wearing evening gowns in the casinos.
Golddiggers - Rat Pack Tour
My favorite tour was the Rat Pack Reunion Tour with Dean and Frank Sinatra. Frank was really a trip. He hung out with a crew that looked like the cast of the Soprano's. He always had body guards near by so I was a little intimidated by him. Many years later Frank surprised us when we were working with Dean at the Chicago Theater. We got to see his playful side. There was a knock at our dressing room door. Imagine my shock to see Frank Sinatra standing there. He asked us to hide him in our dressing room. We shared a few giggles and stories together. Headlines were made that night when Frank walked out in the middle of Dean's show and joined him in a song.
My most frightening experience was during The Bob Hope Tour. We had a private plane to travel from city to city. One time when the plane took off and got to 10,000 feet, the door, which I was sitting next to, opened about 4 feet! The girls closest to me grabbed me because they thought I was going to get sucked out of the plane. Luckily, a canvas strap kept the door from coming off completely.
for Dean at Bally's
In the 80's, The Golddigger group consisted of 6 ladies. At one point, when we toured with Milton Berle and Donald O'Connor, my sister Darlene joined the group. During that time the 3 Alberici sisters: Maria, Linda and Darlene, were half of the Golddigger group.
I'm Doing Now
Right now (2007), I'm a mom to my 18 year old daughter, Lindsay, and wife to my wonderful husband, Steven Eichberg. I am still singing professionally and tap dancing. I also enjoy singing with my Church's Worship Team, practicing Yoga and raising money for AIDS Orphanages in South Africa.
Linda (Alberici) Eichberg and Maria Lauren (seen above with Deano), two of the original Dean Martin Golddiggers, share their memories of working in the rarified world of network television and Las Vegas during the entertainment industry's most glamorous era. Read Maria Lauren's Memories of being a Golddigger here.
Short History of the Golddiggers
November 7, 2016
Short History of the Golddiggers
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