OFFICIAL BIO for Maria Lauren
(Aka: Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio)
Maria is a Fitness Expert and Entertainer.
Maria is currently on-staff as a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente and is a personal fitness coach.
A two-time national fitness champion, many of Maria’s tips on healthy living have been published.
Maria Lauren shares her expertise as a motivational speaker and certified fitness instructor at wellness centers, corporations and events: West Hills Hospital, Boeing, Pepperdine University, Whole Life Expo, Fitness L.A. Day, Princess Cruises… etc.
YOU GOT THE POWER®
Maria Lauren promotes a positive lifestyle as a TV host and producer of the theme, You Got The Power being used in multi-media: Television series, stage productions, CD’s, lectures, exercise classes and childrens sportswear.
MARIA & LINDA – ALBERICI SISTERS
The Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg are currently making personal appearances, entertaining, inspiring audiences and doing book-signing events. Alberici Sisters book, “BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS” tells the backstage story of performing and hanging-out with entertainment legends like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. of the Rat Pack! (On-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)
“LARRY KING LIVE”
LARRY KING interviews MARIA LAUREN and her daughter, MARIANNA RICCIO on CNN-TV
Larry King: “Maria Lauren, now Maria was one of Dean Martin’s glamorous Golddiggers. She appeared with him on TV and on stage. That was one of the prettiest group of girls, more than pretty. The Golddiggers were unbelievable.
Maria Lauren: Ah, shucks!
Larry King: Maria in that group was unbelievable.”
LARRY KING LIVE – “SHOWSTOPPERS” - THE GOLDDIGGERS
ENTERTAINER – TV & STAGE
“Magnificently performed by Maria Lauren whose appearance is as lovely as her voice… Ranks with the finest!” - News Chronicle
Singer, Dancer, Actress, TV Host…
Maria Lauren (Aka: Maria Elena) hosted and co-wrote episodes of the KTTV Bed-time Movie television series. As an actress, Maria co-starred in episodes on the television series Knight Rider, Quantum Leap and JAG, to name a few.
A versatile entertainer, Maria Lauren has starred in numerous reginal stage productions of Broadway musicals and reviews including “Company” (Joanne) at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in LA and “Showstoppers” at the Canyon Club in LA. “Showstoppers,” is a musical tribute to entertainment legends featuring guest appearances from the Alberici Sisters, former Dean Martin Golddiggers and new talent, Marianna Riccio.
Off-stage Maria Lauren is a Coach in Entertainment and Vocal Performances…
THE DEAN MARTIN GOLDDIGGERS (1973 – 1991)
In the 90′s and 80′s, Maria Lauren had the distinction of being one of the last four members of “The Golddiggers” (singing and dancing troupe) to regularly open for Dean Martin at Bally’s Las Vegas… “Those last four girls were definitely among the best.” - Lee Hale, Backstage at the Dean Martin Show
In the 80′s, the Alberici Sisters, from the Dean Martin Golddiggers, Maria Lauren and her sisters, Linda Eichberg and Darlene Cianci entertained internationally with a Command Performance for the Royal Family of Monaco.
In 1977, The Golddiggers including Maria Lauren and sister, Linda Eichberg were the opening act for the Rat Pack Tour, “Together Again” starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Following that tour, third sister, Darlene Cianci, joined The Golddiggers to tour with Donald O’Conner, Dick Shawn and Milton Berle… On this tour, Maria Lauren proved her comedic ability as the “Leading Lady” in the star-studded Vaudeville skit.
THE ALBERICI SISTERS – “In The Mood” – THE OSMOND TELETHON
THE GOLDDIGGERS NATIONAL AUDITION WINNERS
In 1973, the Alberici Sisters: Maria (aka: Maria Elena) and Linda were flown to Hollywood to be members of The original Golddiggers of the Dean Martin Comedy Hour.
While performing with The Golddiggers, Maria and Linda were the Las Vegas opening act for top celebrities and appeared on many TV shows including the Dean Martin Variety Shows and TV Specials, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show and performed with notables, Gene Kelly, Jerry Vale, Louis Prima, Bob Hope, Lou Rowls, Dionne Warwick and countless Country Music Artists.
NATIONAL FITNESS REPRESENTATIVE
Empowering women, Maria represented fitness by gracing the cover of Strength and Health magazine, started by the “Father of American Weight-lifting” Bob Hoffman, and the Vegetarian Times with featured articles in these and many more publications.
In the early 70′s, women were just being introduced into the world of competitive fitness and bodybuilding. A male dominated industry, the panel of judges were the biggest in the bodybuilding business together with former Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A pioneer in female bodybuilding, Maria Lauren (aka) Maria Elena Alberici, as listed in the Almanac of Women’s Bodybuilding, won two National Fitness Championships in one year, 1972: Miss Americana, produced by Joe Weider, Weider International (I.F.B.B.) and Miss Body Beautiful USA, produced by Dan Lourie (W.B.B.G.).
“The Battle of the Year”
“On September 16th, 1972, bodybuilding aficionados from all over the East Coast jammed their way into the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York to witness one of the greatest bodybuilding events ever held in the United States…. BEAUTIFUL Maria Elena Alberici OUTCLASSED her rivals to win the Miss Americana in a breeze. The Miss Americana winner, Maria Elena Alberici, was one of the MOST POPULAR BEAUTY QUEENS to ever win this event. She was OUTSTANDING and far outdistanced the competition. She is BEAUTIFUL, with a SEXY, REGAL FIGURE. We were told that she has several sisters at home that are just as beautiful. Right On!” - Ben Weider, International President, I.F.B.B.
Note from Maria… “It all starts with your roots, I’m grateful for being raised with health and fitness values and being blessed with a big family, the oldest of nine children! My parents were pioneers when it came to health; white sugar, white flour and meat were forbidden in our household. It was a sacrifice to grow up that way but seeing my parents hard work ethic and unconditional love helped me stay the course when I left home and was put through the rigors of show buisness. Touring and making appearances on television with ‘Master Entertainers’ like the Rat Pack gave me the skills that I use in my performing and coaching today. The cycle continues and the legacy lives on…”