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Strip Scribbles: London calling with Joan Collins; Oksana Baiul; and Janet Jackson

Joan Collins-Judy Bryer


Joan Collins and Judy Bryer.

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Robin Leach and Joan Collins at South Point on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Congratulations to my friend Judy Bryer of Summerlin who has been invited to London by her actress gal pal Dame Joan Collins for Queen Elizabeth II’s investiture on March 26. Judy, who was Joan’s assistant and stand-in during “Dynasty,” will be her guest at the back-tie celebration at Claridge’s after the Buckingham Palace ceremony.

“I’m already practicing my curtseying,” she laughed. Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List named Joan a dame, the female equivalent of a knight. Joan, who regularly drives her Rolls-Royce on I-15 from Hollywood to Las Vegas, returns to South Point this spring with her one-woman show.

I asked Judy in all the excitement of the weeklong royal events to remember to bring me back some Harrods tea. Before she leaves town, Judy once again wrangles the celebrities taking part in the St. Baldrick’s bald-headed-shaving event to fight children’s cancer March 7 at McMullan’s Irish Pub near the Orleans.

I’ll be there hosting with singer Clint Holmes, his wife Kelly Clinton Holmes and “Starsky and Hutch” star Antonio Fargas escorted by the glamour girls of the new show “Sexxy” at Westgate. Join us all to brave the shave!

Oksana Baiul

Oksana Baiul

OKSANA BAIUL FILM: New Las Vegas resident and amazing Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul is thrilled that the Kitty Green-directed movie of her story as a national hero of the Ukraine won a Sundance Film Festival award. Kitty also was an award winner by the jury of the Women in Film Los Angeles.

“The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul” is the story of little girls from all over a divided, war-torn Ukraine auditioning in pink sequins to play the role of Oksana, a national hero whose tears of joy once united the troubled country.

Oksana has settled here with plans to assist local charity endeavors and launch an ice-skating project. She attended Saturday’s annual Nevada Ballet Theater gala at Aria honoring Debbie Allen with producer Carlo Farina.

Janet Jackson @ Colosseum

Janet Jackson performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour on Friday, April 22, 2011. Launch slideshow »

WICKED WHISPER & RACY RUMOR: Is the Janet Jackson mini-residency hoped for at the Venetian, following in the high heels of Diana Ross confirmed this week, being moved to Axis at Planet Hollywood for when Britney Spears and her show “Piece of Me” is on break?

I’m hearing the first signal of the change in plans, but it’s still big news that Janet is coming to the Strip, as I first revealed. Maybe 11 shows to start to promote her new album?

VALENTINE’S PROPOSAL: It might well be the priciest Valentine’s Day night but assuredly the most rewarding if the marriage proposal gets a “yes.” For $30,000, a couple can sit in the same private dining booth at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore where Lady Gaga and her beau Taylor Kinney canoodled by candlelight.

What do you get for $30K? The private tasting menu and a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose comes with a his and her 18-karat Rolex Date rose-gold bezel diamond dial watch and matching Jubilee bracelet. Don’t panic if you don’t have the big bucks. Executive chef Joseph Elevado is offering a $85 Kiss package and a Lovers Lane deal for $120 per person. Indulgent and opulent? Oh, yes, but when it comes to love, shouldn’t it always the best?


Mirage headliner Terry Fator invited more than a dozen Wounded Warriors to his show Tuesday night after they had taken part in the Ride 2 Recovery bicycle challenge through Red Rock Canyon.

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Terry Fator, behind table, and Ride 2 Recovery Wounded Warriors on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the Mirage.

MMA Hall of Famer and action star Randy Couture rode with the veterans who used hand cycles, recumbent cycles and tandems, all modified for their injuries, on the Mountain Bike challenge. Ride 2 Recovery hosts seven events across the country annually, and this was the first in Las Vegas.

Miss Dixie Longate

Fast-talking Tupperware lady Miss Dixie Longate, who left her children in an Alabama trailer park to take Off Broadway by storm to throw old-fashioned Tupperware parties, is bringing “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” to the Smith Center from Feb. 5-15. This is not your grandmother’s Tupperware party.


Britney Spears returns to her Planet Hollywood residency “Britney: Piece of Me.”

Indigenous plays Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Trumpet titan David Perrico returns with his 20-piece Pop Evolution to Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.

Husband-and-wife chef and restaurateurs Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau put down plans for Las Vegas expansions long enough to host a three-course dinner paired with Big Dogs Brewing Co. beers at their Made L.V. in Tivoli Village.


Food Network star chef Ben Vaughn returns with a guest column looking back over five decades in Las Vegas at the celebrity chefs who helped make our town the country’s top dining destination. My surprising tour of the new Booze District in Green Valley where everything from wine, beers, vodka, bourbon and whisky is being made — and enjoyed! Plus, a preview of the Strip’s Super Bowl 49 weekend events.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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