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Bobby Darin – Mysteries and Scandals – A Video Bio

Bobby Darin = Mysteries and Scandals – Video Bio –

Bobby Darin born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936 was an American singer, songwriter, and actor of film and television. He performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock’n’roll, folk, and country.

He started as a songwriter for Connie Francis, and recorded his own first million-seller “Splish Splash” in 1958. This was followed by “Dream Lover”, “Mack the Knife”, and “Beyond the Sea”, which brought him world fame. In 1962, he won a Golden Globe for his first film Come September, co-starring his first wife, Sandra Dee.

Born in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Bobby Darin was reared by his maternal grandmother, who he thought was his mother. Darin’s birth mother, Vanina Juliette ‘Nina’ Cassotto (born November 30, 1917), became pregnant with him in the summer of 1935 when she was 17. Presumably because of the scandalous nature of out-of-wedlock pregnancies in that era, Nina and her mother hatched a plan to pass the baby off as her parents’ child and for Nina to be passed off as his older sister. Even until her death in 1983, Nina refused to reveal the identity of her son’s biological father to anyone other than Darin. His maternal grandfather, Saverio Antonio ‘Big Sam Curly’ Cassotto (born January 26, 1882), was of Italian descent and a wannabe mobster, who died in prison from pneumonia a year before Darin’s birth. His maternal grandmother, Vivian Fern Walden (also born in 1882), who called herself Polly, was of English ancestry and a vaudeville singer. From his birth, Darin always believed Nina to be his older sister and Polly his mother. But in 1968, when he was 32, Darin finally learned the shocking truth from Nina herself that she, not Polly, was his mother. Both the true circumstances of his birth and his relationship with Nina reportedly devastated him.

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