My cousin Joyce Addotta's Grandchildren
Luke is the older, and Jake is the younger
Venice Beach – Victor and Sibylle
Victor and Sibylle Addotta, my son and his wife, observe a seven foot shark caught at Venice Beach.
Victor and Sibylle
Victor and Sibylle Addotta at Lakeside, California, 2007
Easter Sunday, 2007
Bennett Family Reunion
My first wife, Mary Bennett, gave me two beautiful children and a large group to call family. Pictured here are all of us together again! June of 2006
Here I am playing Governor Critenden of Missouri, circa 1879. This shot was taken during the filming of "Jesse James."
He's the guy who put the hit out on Jesse.
My friend, Allen Nechy, plays tennis every Friday morning. He is the best salesman I have ever met, and I've met a few!
Allen also loves to shoot pool and go to the movies. He is an expert at both! He also likes to go to the track and bust my balls
Joyce Addotta Wolf
My cousin Joyce and I have become very close.
We speak on the phone several times a week and compare thoughts and memories of our youth.
Victor & Sibylle
My son and daughter-in-law
Victor and Sibylle Addotta pose for a picture on New Years' Eve, 2004
Kathy & Kayla
Kathy Addotta, 12/04/04
My beautiful daughter Kathy, and her little girl, Kayla.
Mid morning at Morrow Bay
Kip Addotta, 11/27/04
The Addotta Gang
Don't even think about it!
Addotta Fine Woodwork
My son Victor demonstrating some of the fine wood he gets at his cabinet shop, in Culver City. 2004.
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My granddaughter, Sofia Addotta, graduates from kindergarten, 2004.
She's eight years old, and I'm not sure she knows who I am.
My daughter Kathryn is now Mrs. Kathryn.
She and her husband Michael were married on January 17th, 2004.
My son Victor Addotta at a party, 2004
Sheryl Addotta and CO.
My daughter-in-law, Sheryl, and my grandchildren, Lauren and Sophia
My grand daughter Sofia
My granddaughter, Sofia, is four and what a treat she is.
My granddaughter Lauren dances around in her new costume.
My son, and the father of my granddaughters, 2003.
Frank works as a prop and set builder in the film industry.
It's my birthday weekend, and last night we went to see Jack Sheldon and his big band at The Catalina Bar & Grill, in Hollywood!
Kathy, Sybille, Mikeal, Sharyl, Frank, and Victor Addotta.
A trip to Germany
In 2000, my oldest son, Victor, his wife, Sybille, and Lynn Addotta went to Germany to visit Sibylle's family.
From left to right: Victor Addotta, Sibylle Addotta, and Lynn Addotta. They are pictured here in Berlin.
Kip on the Bill Maher Show
Politically Incorrect, 1998. This is a show that really didn't work for me. The show claims to be politically incorrect?!
Brand New Lauren Addotta
My son frank and daughter in-law Sheryl gave us the most beautiful little girl!
Now she is six, and as mean as a snake, but we're delighted to have her around!
An evening in Brentwood California.
Kip Addotta in Vegas
Kip seated on the steps of the Riviera hotel in Las Vegas!
Frank Addotta gets married
Frank Addotta and Sheryl Iwatate were married in Lake Tahoe in 1995! I cried!
I think I was a little hung over in this one.
In 1990, I began a relationship with Linda – a beautiful redhead!
And, for the next eight years, we seldom got out of bed
My 1964 Lincoln
I bought this 1964 Lincoln for fifteen hundred and fixed it up.
Later I gave it to my son, Victor.
Kip getting ready for a show
I remember watching my Father get dressed for an evening of dancing. This picture reminds me of him, and Salvador Dali.
I think I had thrown Linda out, again, and was going to Tana's to get drunk!
I met Linda in Houston, Texas, and we lived together for eight years. She left and moved to Boston.
There is so much more to say, but I cannot say it here.
Linda died a few years later, and as her father said, "God has another flower in his garden."
Kip Addotta and The Bitches
In 1985, I shot the cover for my new CD, "The Comedian Of The United States."
My back up singers were Marina Torpin and Lauren Adems, "Ma Bitches."
Kip Addotta on Make Me Laugh
I was a regular on the syndicated game show, "Make Me Laugh".
These were the most challenging shows. We used every idea. The producer, George Foster, gave us a lot of space.
Kip Addotta with Lou Rawls
This picture was taken at the Diplomat Hotel, in Miami! I was at the top of my form and working with Lou always ment a hot show.
It was during this gig that I met Sammy Davis Jr., and won The Entertainment Writers' "Comedian of the Year" Award!
Ah, my Farrari Dino convertible! I loved this car and it is in perfect condition! These are the days!
Kip Addotta publicity shot!
Just returning from lots of travel, and Shele and I live in Studio City. Still at the same job, now in Santa Monica.
You actually met my husband. We were staying at the Roosevelt Hotel at Christmas, and you came in for brunch, and you and Shele got together one time after that. No kids. Just us big ones.
Being one of the "B*tch*s" will always be one of the great memories of my life. We had fun.
Wonderful to hear from you! Yes, those were wonderful times, and I think of you all the time. I remember how, one day, you taught me to sing. "Think of the note, hear the note in your mind, and then sing the note." Great advice!
Kip Addotta as cowboy
As a lark, I had this picture taken!
Kip Addotta and family
In 1984, I was signed with The William Morris agency and had this picture taken to send to all the agents there.
I wanted them to know that I was a family man and needed to be kept working. From left to right: Kathy, Frank, Lynn, myself, and Victor who had just broken his leg in a skiing accident at Lake Tahoe. I asked my family to look as sad as possible for this shot.
Taken in 1984, this is my favorite picture. To me, it embodies the essence of what I am…great looking in a suit!
In 1984, I was still traveling with Mega Stars, opening their shows on long tours across America and around the world. It was about this time I decided to go out on my own and headline my own shows. It was the right time and one of the smartest things I have ever done!
Kip and Bonnie
Kip and a friend, Bonnie, at the opening of a club! 1986!
In 1984, I was on the cover of Performance Magazine! At the time, I was traveling with my backup singers, "Ma Bitches."
Between the traveling and the fighting, we did some great shows!
Kip Addotta and Lou Rawls
Lou Rawls and I were appearing at the Diplomat Hotel, in Miami. This is where I first met Sammy Davis Jr..
It was also during this engagement that I won "The Comedian of the Year Award" from the "Entertainment Writers of America."
Shirley inscribed this photo: "For Kip, Are you as hard as this cane? Yes! Anyway Love, Shirley"
I made this fedora famous! I loved wearing it. By the time I was done, hat makers had made a fortune.
I do not know of anyone who does not look great in a fedora. (1978)
In 1976, Victor got very drunk, at school.
Laughing at my own joke! Not a good habit to get into, but sometimes I do make myself laugh. Boy, am I cute!
In 1974, I was starting to do TV. Victor is Mr. Cool, here, in a school photo!
Taken at The Comedy Store shortly after I started doing The Tonight Show.
Here I am working out material at the Comedy Store. (1975)
Another PR photo.
I hate funny pictures, and yet, here I am trying to look funny…or Woody Allen or Stan Laurel. (1975)
Victor begins to notice girls, and the constant smile leaves and the self awareness comes.
Every year, uncle Victor would visit from NY. He would take me hunting or to visit other relatives.
"If you live fast you'll never last. If you live slow you've got to go." Yes, he had mob connections!
First pictures in L.A.
This is one of the first publicity photos I posed for in Los Angeles! It was 1974.
I had just gotten my first well-paying gig, and had bought this outfit in Lake Tahoe, only hours before my opening show at The Sahara Tahoe.
All dressed up and ready to shine: my son, Victor, looks pretty happy.
All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth…and a toy train.
Did I mention that my first career was that of a hairdresser?
One of my patrons was an artist. One day, while under the dryer, she did this caricature of me as I worked on another customer.
Yes, I was that thin!
My third child was named after Frank Sinatra. My new wife, Lynn, not only gave me a child but also raised my two children, Victor and Kathy.
Frank is loved equally to my first children, but sometimes would disagree.
Kip and Victor
My son, Victor, is three years old today. Or do I mean that day? Yes, a long time ago. I am twenty one in this picture. YIKES!!
Lynn and Kip
This is my second wife, Lynn. She was a God-send. She took on my children and I, and raised us all. She also gave me another son, Frank.
My son, Victor, at six. Victor was always good with his hands. Here he makes himself busy with his coloring book.
Out in the back yard
Another family get-together in my father's back yard. My uncle Victor is behind the camera.
The Addotta's from N.Y.
These people extended so many sweet kindnesses to me, when I was a child, that I wanted you see a picture of my aunt Eileen, uncle Victor and their clan.
Another summer at Leving's Lake. My son, Victor, and my pregnant wife, Mary.
Victor in diapers
My new born son, Victor! I was working in a box factory, making about a hundred dollars a week. Before taxes!
And yet, somehow, there was never enough money.
Art Beauty, 1958
This is an old publicity photo my Uncle Victor had made for his beauty salon (Art Beauty) on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y.
It shows my aunt Eilean holding my Uncle Victor in her hands. Pure fiction! But, didn't he do a lovely job with her hair?
Grandma and Uncle Vic
My grandmother and my Uncle Victor pose on the easy chair, in my home.
Vic and Dad
My father was very strict, and I was afraid of him. Very afraid! He would fly into a rage and I would wet my pants! My grandmother would protect me from him. To avoid this, he would wait until Sunday, and drive me into the factory section of town where no one could see, and apply his discipline.
Kip and Mary, prom night
Kip Addotta and Mary Bennett on their prom night.
Mary, Kip and …?
Mary, Kip and someone called, "Yellow Bird."
Mary Bennett at sixteen. The fellow who took this picture lived next door to her and was much older than she was.
I didn't like this picture at all. It made me think there was something going on between them.
Kip & Mary
Kip and Mary at a family picnic in Rockford, Illinois.
My cousin Joyce
My cousin Joyce and her new baby at Coney Island, NY in 1959.
Hop along Addotta's
I always admired my uncle Victor's taste in clothes! He was a real role model in life.
Not a perfect man, but a man with class and flash. Here, on a visit to Rockford.
You don't live like my Uncle Victor did by being a hairdresser. The real money was in a card game he ran in his Brooklyn flat.
The "who's who" of N.Y. played in my Uncle's games. The game went on for three days a week.
Victor would supply a dealer, a buffet, and cots to sleep on. He would take five percent of each pot, and would also play.
Kip Grade School Graduation
Pretty cool, huh?! This is me on the day I graduated from St. Mary's grade school, in Rockford, Illinois. (1954)
Ron, Dawn, and Kip
My cousins, Ronny and Dawn, and myself, at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
All lined up on the couch at my house here in 1952. These were great times!
Uncle Victor, standing in front of his beauty salon, Art Beauty, on Flatbush Ave, in Brooklyn NY!
Picnic in the back yard, 1953
One of my favorite things to do…having the family over to our house for a picnic. I felt safe from my dad when there were family members around!
Another picture of my sainted grandmother, Francis, with my Uncle Victor aunt Eileen (1948).
As was the custom in Italy, when my grandfather died, my grandmother started wearing black clothing, and did so for the rest of her life.
The two adults at the center are my aunt Grace, and Uncle Mike!
My cousin Jerry Kozinski
My Grandmother, and my cousin, Jerry Kozinski
Aunt Eileen and Joyce
In 1945, my Grandfather, Jasper, and my Grandmother, Francis, were visited by my aunt Eileen and her daughter Joyce.
On the stoop
From Left, my cousin Joyce's boyfriend, Bobby Martin, Joyce, cousin Ron, Billy Quinn (Joyce's future husband), and yours truly!
Victor and Eileen
On one of his visits to Rockford, Illinois, my uncle Victor met Eileen. He promptly moved her to NY and divorced his wife. Some people might think this was terrible, but since I didn't know his first wife, I cannot feel bad about it. Besides, I loved my one and only aunt Eileen!
As you can see, Victor Addotta was a fine dresser, and a handsome man!
Uncle Vic and Dad
Two young studs who avoided the draft. My father (on the left) was a machinist and the United States needed skilled workers to stay home and build the machinery of war. My uncle Victor had horses (and women) to ride, and we couldn't spare him for the war effort.
My aunt Eileen was the first woman I ever saw naked. One day I opened the bathroom door and there she was, sitting in the tub.
OUCH! I do not think I have ever been the same.
Jasper and Frances Addotta
My grandmother, Frances, had eight children. One did not survive infancy.
Uncle Victor's first wife
The 1941 wedding of Betty and Victor Addotta was attended by all the most important figures from both the upper crust and the underworld of Brooklyn. Victor left Betty for Eileen Magilacutty who became one of my favorite aunts.
Another great picture of the Addotta family!