Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 | 2 a.m.
Local celebrity and Peepshow star Holly Madison recently took out a $1 million insurance policy on her breasts with Lloyd’s of London insurance company, according to People.com. Madison isn’t the first celebrity to have her fake assets insured. Country singer Dolly Parton took out a $600,000 policy in the 1970s that is worth more than $3 million in today’s money. Whether Madison’s policy purchase was a publicity stunt or necessity protection of her personal inventory, her celebrity power jumped a few points when the news buzzed around the world last week. Here’s a look at other celebrities with Las Vegas ties who have purchased body-part insurance:
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Michael Flatley’s legs - $40 million
No dancer’s limbs have been insured for more money than the Irish-tapping feet and flying legs of extraordinaire Michael Flatley. Flatley’s troupe, “Lord of the Dance,” performed on the Strip at New York-New York for several years before going on a world tour in 2003. Flatley never performed in the Las Vegas shows, but he is the primary choreographer for the routines.
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Gene Simmons’ tongue - $1 million
Kiss fans know when they attend a live concert, they’ll be entertained by more than the band’s black-and-white face paint and distinctive metal jumpsuits. Bassist Gene Simmons added his own signature move to the performances by sticking out his extra-long tongue, which is rumored to have been surgically enhanced. The band recently announced plans to open a Kiss Coffeehouse in Las Vegas next year.
Jimmy Durante’s nose - $50,000
Pianist and comedian Jimmy Durante was a regular performer in Las Vegas during the 1950s. His real claim to fame was his huge distinctive nose he called his “Schnozzola,” which later became his nickname. Durante was fond of his nose — and the success it brought to him — so he had it insured.
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Rod Stewart’s voice - $6 million
British rocker Rod Stewart recently kicked off his show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where he’ll perform for a limited time. In 2000, Stewart thought he had lost his distinctive rasping voice forever, after surgeons removed a cancerous lump from his throat. A year after the surgery, Britain’s Sun newspaper reported doctors had warned him he would be unable to sing for six months, but it was actually nine months before his voice came back. He had to retrain his voice completely but has said it is now better than ever. In case another medical issue should arise, his voice is now insured.
Troy Polamalu’s hair - $1 million
In 2010, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu had his mane insured when he signed a contract with Procter & Gamble to endorse Head & Shoulders shampoo.
When the Steelers played the Green Bay Packers in this year’s Super Bowl, the Las Vegas Hilton added Polamalu’s hair to its proposition bets with this question: Who will the Fox announcers say has better hair during the game? Clay Matthews (Packers) or Troy Polamalu.