In the 1950s an informal social club called the Holmby Hills Rat Pack (named by Lauren Bacall when the boys came in from drinking one night and she commented that they all looked like “a pack of drowned rats”) formed around Humphrey Bogart and his friends. With original members Bogart, Bacall, Sinatra, Judy Garland, agent Swifty Lazar and songwriter Sammy Cahn, Sinatra took over the group when Bogart’s health began to decline. Joining Frank were Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford with Sinatra dubbed the “Chairman of the Board” whenever the social club was spotted at a local hotspot. The group really gained traction after Vincente Minnelli directed Sinatra and Martin in their first movie together, Some Came Running. Shortly after Frank produced Dean’s next album and from their they shared the stage at the Sands in Las Vegas, trading ad libs that became the beginnings of early sixties Rat Pack cool. With the addition of Sammy, Joey and Peter the group’s hard-swinging, swell broads and hazy booze-filled reputation was sealed with the film Ocean’s Eleven. And that’s how it started ….
Final Resting Place:
Desert Memorial Park
31-705 Da Vall Drive
Cathedral City, California, 92262
Grave Location:Plot B-8, Space 151
Grave Location Description
As you drive through the gates proceed straight ahead exactly 22 rows and park. Walk to your right 4 spaces and you’ll be within 6 feet of the Chairman of the Board. He is buried here with his parents and good friend and confidant Jilly Rizzo.