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February 18, 2019

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Strip Scribbles: Siegfried & Roy, Mamie Van Doren, Denver Broncos and Al Pacino

Siegfried & Roy

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Siegfried and Roy performed together for more than 35 years. Their production show called the Stardust’s Lido de Paris home before moving to the Mirage, where it remained until its closure.

Siegfried & Roy Children’s Party

Kenneth Williams, left, smiles after receiving a backpack full of goodies from Siegfried and Roy during the holiday party provided at the Boys and Girls Club at 2801 E. Stewart Avenue in Las Vegas December 20, 2013. Launch slideshow »
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Mamie Van Doren at the Riviera on Oct. 2, 1957, in Las Vegas.

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Carla Pellegrino and Robin Leach at Pellegrino's new restaurant Touche on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Miami.

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Al Pacino with Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson One" cast members on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Mandalay Bay.

Master magicians Siegfried & Roy are on an extended Hawaii vacation soaking up the sun, the sea and the sand of our 50th state. Roy was in swim shorts in his wheelchair as Siegfried strolled barefoot in the sand nearby with friends.

The illusionists, who retired by ending their Mirage shows in 2003, have been fairly regular winter-escape visitors to Honolulu. When I ran into them on one trip, Siegfried told me: “Roy loves it here, and the visits do him a lot of good.”

As in previous years, it’s expected that the duo and their group will be there for 10 to 14 days.

YESTERYEAR GLAMOR: In the 1950s, glamour was epitomized by busty blonde bombshell Mamie Van Doren. Mamie, one of the sex symbols after Marilyn Monroe, celebrates her 83rd birthday today.

Our friends at Las Vegas News Bureau provided us with one of their photos of Mamie at the Riviera in October 1957. She sure knew how to make a bass fiddle look sexy — Happy Birthday, Mamie!

TOUCHE! Las Vegas star chef Carla Pellegrino was the belle of the ball Wednesday night in Miami when she opened her new rooftop restaurant Touche. The official opening won’t be until next month, but it gave her the opportunity to put the kitchen through its paces and for her to be introduced to revelers celebrating the opening of the new Eleven Nightclub downtown.

The sprawling two-floor party palace is directly beneath her penthouse. It’s an indoor and outdoor restaurant complete with a DJ booth set against one wall. Her Italian-themed casual continental menu was a hit . She told me over champagne that once it’s up-and-running fully mid-summer, she’ll return to Las Vegas for two weeks each month and resume plans for a second restaurant here to go with Bratalian in Henderson. A fourth restaurant in her empire will follow in Miami.

OPRAH’S PICK: Mirage headline entertainer Terry Fator will be featured on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” The segment, which traces his incredible journey from the big win on “America’s Got Talent” to Strip star, airs 9 p.m. Friday on OWN (Channel 67 on Cox).

I can’t spoil a surprise, but Terry is in for a big one tonight when he invites the military members of his audience to stand for his song “Horses in the Sky,” which salutes their service. We’ll have that report later.

Star Surveillance

Denver Broncos players partied in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. Wide receiver Wes Walker and 10 of his offensive and defensive linemen were at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore, where they settled into the prime DJ table for TJR’s Wynn residency kickoff.

Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino watched Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday night. Al was with beautiful girlfriend Argentinean actress Lucila Sola and her father.

He insisted on meeting the cast after the show and told the group backstage: “Bravo! Bravo! Every time I see Cirque, I see something I’ve never seen before. Tonight, I saw things I’ve never seen in my life! Thank you! I will come back!”


Alejandro Guzman headlines at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

DJ Nervo spins at Hakkasan in MGM Grand.

Alie Layus is at Tryst in the Wynn.


To say this week’s Weekend Celebrity Preview is a mixed and eclectic bag doesn’t begin to do justice to the oddball opposites in our list of attractions. And will Las Vegas grab a new Guinness World Record for having the biggest number of Zumba participants working out downtown?

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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