An evening with Frank, Sammy, Dean and Joey
Sandy Hackett better keep his Joey Bishop impersonation sharp, or he’s liable to lose his job ... to his wife.
Lisa Dawn Miller, Hackett’s better half and his partner in producing Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, was talking about a story Sandy tells about a phone conversation between himself — the son of Buddy Hackett, the comic who was a contemporary and close friend of the Rat Packers — and Bishop — one of the revolving cast of entertainment icons who made up the infamous circle of talented, powerful show-biz friends.
“Make sure Sandy tells you the story,” said Miller, herself the daughter of a show-biz bigwig, songwriter Ron Miller. As a preview, though, she tells a snippet of it herself, employing a more than credible take on Bishop’s unique delivery.
“I had worked on a pilot with Joey,” said Hackett, who grew up in the constant company of Bishop and the other core Rat Packers — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. “A couple of years later, he called and said he’d heard HBO was doing a movie on the Rat Pack. He told me he thought I’d be perfect to play him.