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Strip Scribbles: Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella say ‘I do’ in Disneyland wedding


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Holly Madison, Pasquale Rotella, DJ Afrojack and Laura Croft attend the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

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Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella with their marriage license.

Reality TV and former “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood star Holly Madison’s late-night dream wedding at Disneyland was a true fairytale complete with Cinderella’s glass carriage, and the 150 guests were still riding attractions past 1 a.m. today.

Holly’s bridesmaids in blue silk dresses included Playboy beauty and former Excalibur headliner Laura Croft and “The Girls Next Door” co-star Bridget Marquardt.

The marriage to Electric Daisy Carnival founder Pasquale Rotella follows our Vegas DeLuxe story posted on Monday and the couple picking up their marriage license. Holly tweeted a photo of the duo holding the certificate.

E! Entertainment, which is working with Holly on her next reality TV series, reported that the ceremony was held near Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square and was followed by everybody riding Pirates of the Caribbean and watching “Fantasmic!”

Holly wore a white strapless ball gown with a blue sash tied in a big back bow. Cast and park characters, in 1930s era costumes and including Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Donald and Daisy Duck, assisted in activities. The 1:15 a.m. cake cutting took place at the New Orleans Square fountain. Another white-layer cake was set up at the Haunted Mansion and was served as part of the wedding dinner by Rivers of Adventure.

2013 Miss America Pageant: Welcome Ceremony

The 2013 Miss America Pageant welcome ceremony in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Launch slideshow »

NEVADA IN SPOTLIGHT: Nevada is front and center at the 2013 Miss America Pageant activities in Atlantic City, N.J. Today, our 2013 Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney is one of five finalists from the 53 competitors in the running for one of the two new $5,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) scholarships.

Diana, 19, who is majoring in math and education at UNR, plans a career as a college mathematics professor after graduation. On Wednesday night, Diana, a Miss Carson City, showcased her lyrical dance skills in the talent portion of the Miss America preliminary competition. She completed her judges’ interviews Tuesday and tonight faces the dreaded onstage question. (The 15 top contestants will be announced on Sunday’s ABC telecast.)

On Friday, 1971 Miss New Jersey Lynn Weidner, who lives in Las Vegas and is married to former Venetian/Las Vegas Sands chief Bill Weidner, hosts a Miss America Foundation fundraiser. Mallory Hagan, who won her crown just eight months ago here at Planet Hollywood, is her co-host at the Palm Restaurant in the Tropicana in Atlantic City.

Miss America winners through the years will attend the benefit luncheon. They also will appear on the pageant telecast walking the 90-foot runway. Lynn, who serves on Miss America’s board of directors, is host chairwoman to all the pageant celebrities, judges and beauty queens while they are on the Jersey shore.

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Duke Ellington and Edie Adams.

RECOVERED HISTORY: Edie Adams, the starlet of the then-risque Muriel cigar commercials, was a true showbiz darling. From the 1950s to the ’70s, she wowed the Strip with her nightclub act performed at Tropicana, Riviera, Thunderbird and Caesars Palace. She starred in “Here’s Edie” from 1962-64 on ABC, and one episode featured her in a salute to the West shot on location in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Edie ended the program singing the national anthem at dawn. Another episode was taped at the Riviera in 1962 with Eddie Fisher as her co-star and Sammy Davis Jr. in the audience. The footage has never been seen since its original broadcast 50 years ago.

Now her son, Josh Mills, has unearthed the old tapes, digitized them and packed 21 episodes into a four-DVD box set. A planned fall Las Vegas screening will premiere the collection and kick off the Nov. 19 sales launch of this treasured star. There are 21 episodes with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Spike Jones, Bobby Darin, Bob Hope, Peter Falk and many more.

Josh has put together a 16-page booklet of rare photos and included bonus footage of Edie’s musical performances on the top-rated “The Ernie Kovacs Show” and cigar commercials. Edie and Ernie were married until his unexpected death in January 1962.

‘AGT’ VERDICT: “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi Klum gave our Las Vegas duo the KriStef Brothers standing applause after their Final 12 showdown Tuesday night on the hit NBC show. Fellow judge Howard Stern indicated that they were his first choice to go on to the Final Six.

We’ll know tonight if the former “Le Reve — The Dream” strongmen make it through to the last show of the season next week and defeat strong competition from Kenichi Ebina, Forte, Innovative Force, Chicago Boyz and Cami Bradley, who also are tipped for the finals. The KriStef Brothers created a hysterical technological “how-to video” infomercial for others to copy them — impossible!

Former winners Mirage headliner Terry Fator, who will be at the Mirage now through at least 2016, and Palazzo touring show stars Olate Dogs will be on the results show tonight.

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Marie Osmond, Flamingo Las Vegas Regional President Eileen Moore and Donny Osmond onstage in the Flamingo Showroom on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, to celebrate the brother and sister's resident headliner show's fifth anniversary.

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY: Sibling rivals Donny and Marie Osmond celebrated five years of shows at the Flamingo on Tuesday with an impressive custom cake presented onstage by new Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Regional President Eileen Moore. Donny, still with a cane from recent surgery, and Marie began their run of sold-out audiences on Sept. 9, 2008, and they’re expected to continue into 2014 but with a reduced schedule after their current contract expires at the end of this year.

CELINE’S SHOES: While describing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Tuesday her Florida mansion that’s for sale, Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion revealed she has a shoe fetish. She admitted that she has an electronic rolling closet filled with 3,000 pairs.

“I’m just crazy for shoes,” she laughed, telling Ellen that the shoes aren’t included in the $70 million asking price and will be brought to Celine’s newly expanded home at Lake Las Vegas.

BOOK BENEFIT: Author Terrence King will sign copies of his new novel “The Silent Partner” on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in the Best of the West shopping center in Northwest Las Vegas. Proceeds from the sales benefit the charity Spread the Word Nevada.

Terrence produced the 2000 independent film “Elvis Killers,” which included Clint Holmes’ now wife Kelly Clinton Holmes as a female Elvis and shock king Jim LeBoeuf as Elvis Zombie #1.

Santana Makes Music Donation

Carlos Santana Andre Agassi makes a visit to students at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Santana brought a surprise donation of 200 instruments for the school's music students. The instruments came from Hermes Music, LP Music, and PRS guitars. Launch slideshow »


Guitar guru Carlos Santana resumes his residency at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart celebrates his 70th birthday with his band and Tea Leaf Trio at Hard Rock Live on the Strip while wearing an EEG cap for fans to watch his brain activity during the show.

HBO sex starlet and former adult actress Katie Morgan hosts at the Act in the Palazzo for the “Pussy Galore” fundraiser for the Heaven Can Wait Animal Shelter benefit. At 1:30 a.m., $50 bottles of bubbly will be used for a champagne shower.


It’s an all-star turnout for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez “Fight of the Decade,” and we know who’ll be sitting ringside. We’ll preview “Dancing Queen” opening at Planet Hollywood on Friday night and have my interview with producer David King, plus, celebrate the 11th anniversary of “V — The Ultimate Variety Show.” We also have the final renderings of the Strip’s new centerpiece boutique hotel Gansevoort and nightlife kingpin Victor Drai’s rooftop pool club there.

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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