Dean Martin's daughter DEANA is set to explode the myth her father was a great all-round guy in a new book, insisting he was a deadbeat dad.

In MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS, Deana claims her dad was a good friend and a great performer, but his parenting skills were lousy.

She says she waited so long after his death in 1995 to reveal her private thoughts about the crooner and actor because she has only just realised what a poor father he was.

She says, "My father was a good man but he wasn't a good father."

Deana reveals she had "blocked out" her father's drug and womanising problems until recently.

01/11/2004 10:50