The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) are proud to welcome Nancy Bonetti Ray and Kathryn Kalaijian — two members of The Golddiggers — as our special guests at the 2019 Vietnam Veterans of America National Convention in Spokane, Wash.
Dean Martin originally assembled The Golddiggers — a 12-person chorus of women who could sing, dance and act — to appear on the Dean Martin Variety Show. The troupe was such a hit that before long, they starred in their own spin-off, Dean Martin Presents The Golddiggers, and in a musical revue at nightclubs nationwide. Bob Hope then invited The Golddiggers — Bonetti and Kalaijian — to join his USO Christmas Show in Vietnam in 1968, 1969 and 1970 to entertain active-duty troops.
The two women continue to be active in show business. Nancy Bonetti Ray performs from time to time in her local community theatre in Texas and does ‘extra-background acting’ on occasion; After Kathryn Kalaijian left the Goldiggers she performed in several plays and moved to New York City to study at her Alma Mater Parsons School Of Design and the School of Visual Arts. Her focus was set design. She is now a retired Architectural Designer. Cast in three Elvis Presley movies early in her career.
The two women will be honored for the support they gave to the nation’s troops in Vietnam at an awards banquet to be held on the closing night of the VVA and AVVA Convention, July 20, 2019.