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Rat Pack
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"The Rat Pack was sort of like a drinking man's Justice League of America."

Any time a group of actors, singers or other celebrities gain fame or notoriety together, they're called "The [word that rhymes with rat] Pack"; viz., Brat Pack, Frat Pack, Eli Roth's "Splat Pack", etc.. It is about a particular clique of famous people coming to stand for the "high life" of a given time, being the coolest of the cool.

The original Rat Pack was a loosely defined group of actors (and a few actresses) that sprang up in the Fifties, centered on Humphrey Bogart. According to long-standing Hollywood legend, Bogie and his buddies (David Niven, Sid Luft, Cary Grant, et al.) came home around dawn after a hard night in Vegas, and Bogart's wife, Lauren Bacall, said, "You look like a goddamn rat pack!" Among those original rats was Frank Sinatra, who took over as pack leader upon Bogie's death in 1957. Shortly, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. would join, and when Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop came on board, they had themselves a Rat Pack.


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