Wednesday, July 8, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach departs for Toronto en route to his summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, Costa Esmeralda on Sardinia this year — our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom. We continue today with singing beauty Pia Zadora and “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock, the nightly guide to rocking fun onstage. First up is pint-sized Pia, who stars on ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” tonight trading places with actress Cloris Leachman.
Is this fair? Robin takes the summer off from his job, and he has me fill in. I take the summer off from Pia’s Place at Piero’s, and Robin refuses to fill in. So much for Robin’s loving to sing!
I will return to Piero’s in September, but it’s already been a busy summer. First of all, there is the usual taking care of my men, my husband, Michael, and son, Jordan, which as any wife and mom knows can be a full-time job and is seriously interfering with my shopping time.
In the middle of that, I started the first of what looks to be six months of nonstop interviews and storytelling about my time on the road with Frank Sinatra. This year marks Frank’s 100th birthday, and it seems that everyone is doing a tribute and reminiscing. Guess what? I love being part of it!
In June, I performed at a great annual event, Golden Rainbow’s Ribbon of Life, at Tropicana. I talked a little bit (I know, when have I ever talked just “a little bit”) about the 50th anniversary reunion of the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” that I did a year before. It had been so emotional being there that day and realizing how many members of the cast are gone.
It reminded me that life is precious and fragile, and seeing everyone at Ribbon of Life brought back those memories. I decided to do a song that speaks to how I felt: “Some Other Time.” It was my big hug to everyone at Ribbon of Life because you never know if there will be a chance to meet up again.
The other big news is I’m on ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” tonight. I switched with acting legend Cloris Leachman. She came to live with my husband, Michael, and I went to her place in Topanga Canyon in L.A., which also is known as “the land that time forgot.”
It’s like stepping out of 2015 and going back to Woodstock. Total culture shock. There was no Neiman Marcus, no Jimmy Choo, and when I asked someone where I could find a store with Bob Mackie, the woman I asked pointed to the sign — I had driven into a clothing-optional resort.
All in all, it was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy watching it. When my husband returned home, he said, “Pia, did you know Cloris has an Oscar, Golden Globe and eight Emmy Awards?” I said, “Hey, I have a Golden Globe, too.” He said “Yeah, but she can act.”
I love Cloris. She is truly amazing. She told Michael that she was totally willing to take my place, including getting arrested and being thrown out of a golf cart.
You have to check out how I fit in with Cloris’ family, but I think this photo tells you all you need to about Michael and Cloris.
So, Robin, enjoy your break and seeing the Zadora-Leachman “Swap,” and see you in September back at Piero’s.
Check out our other guest column today from “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian star Mark Shunock. On Thursday, we welcome Zoe Thrall from Studio at the Palms and magician Jeff McBride.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame 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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Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.