This great award was presented to Dean by his good friend John Wayne, and co-presented by none other than Lassie (!) Dean included in his acceptance speech "I knew if I ever won this a dog would give it to me." in which the Duke jokingly made a face and Dean assured him "Not you, pal." The audience, as usual, was hysterical with laughter due to Dean's great humor and timing.
9 hours of shows on 6 audio tapes
I had the pleasure of working with The Golddiggers when I was overseas in 1968. They were part of the Bob Hope Show, and I got to work backstage with these wonderful performers.
Les Brown and Ann-Margret both spoke very highly of Dean, and that's a very young ME with Mr. Hope. See the UPDATE page for a nice story about him.