Sandra Lansky, the only daughter of Meyer Lansky, was unaware that her father had become a big name in the world of pop culture until the mobster’s name came up as an answer on “Jeopardy!,” and recent television series – including “Boardwalk Empire” and “Mob City” – had actors portraying him, according to a Feb. 24 report from New York Daily News.
Lansky’s new memoir, “Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland,” offers her recollection of all the things she did with her father, and all the people she remembers meeting. Of course, she had no idea that her late father was one of the original ringleaders for organized crime in America. Even though she now knows of the things her father did, it hasn’t changed for how much love she had for him.
“This was the most wonderful father, even though he wasn’t around that much,” Lansky told the Daily News. “He was 1,000%, not 100%. I went everyplace with him. He spoiled me rotten.”
The now 76-year-old Lansky said that she does not like how HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” portrays both her father and Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, to whom she referred as “Uncle Charlie.”
“It’s awful,” she said. “The episode with the drugs — they were anti-drugs. Charlie got in trouble one time with drugs, and promised he never would again.”
Lansky admits that she does like the “Godfather” films, even though she didn’t like Lee Strasberg’s performance as Hyman Roth – a character inspired by her father.
“Strasberg, he was too old,” she said. “My dad wasn’t that old and decrepit and sick.”
Her favorite portrayal of her father was Patrick Dempsey’s, who played a younger version of Meyer Lansky in the 1991 film, “Mobsters.”
“Boardwalk Empire” returns for its fifth and final season in the fall.