Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 | 12:57 p.m.
When Australian superstar singer and actress Olivia Newton-John met with Donny and Marie Osmond backstage at their Flamingo show just before the weekend, it prompted renewed rumors that she’s weighing a possible residency there. Now I can confirm that talks have resumed between Caesars Entertainment executives and Olivia’s reps for her to take the stage when brother-and-sister Donny and Marie are away on tour or vacation.
Donny and Marie both confirmed to me recently that they have cut back their Flamingo dates to 33 weeks in Las Vegas. They do another three weeks in Caesars Palace Atlantic City, leaving them four months for shows and vacation. It also means that the Flamingo needs another headline entertainer for as many as 19 weeks a year, and Olivia would fit the bill perfectly.
I’d previously exclusively reported on Feb. 12 that she had a deal with the Flamingo, and negotiations were well along with specific dates being nailed down. Then her sister Rona was diagnosed with brain cancer in April and died at the end of May.
“Olivia really took care of her, being with her through the entire battle. It was a very rough couple of months with her tragedies,” a close friend told me. “She had to put the Flamingo offer on hold.”
Now that she’s feeling strong and recovering from the grief of her sister’s death, the talks have picked up intensity again, and all the involved parties are hoping that a deal can be announced by year’s end for a series of 2014 dates.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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