The Las Vegas Walk of Fame will install sidewalk star memorials to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in ceremonies at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22 in the Flamingo showroom.
Deana Martin will speak on behalf of her father, Dean.
So, why did these mega-stars of the Las Vegas heyday get their stars after Tony Sacca and Wayne AllenRoot? Simple: These latter guys were paid for by the recipients’ families, while Sinatra and Marine families didn’t see the need to pay for an honor that virtually existed anyway through their mass audience appeal for decades.
The Walk haunchos, apparently, had a soft spot in their heart and is financing Sinatra and Martin on their own dime. That’s nice.
Money talks- and for sure in Las Vegas.
The gin-loving, always jovial Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman gave his classic toast and thumbs-up pose, then joined the historic ranks of Madame Tussauds’ collection of wax-recreated celebrities in Las Vegas on March 26.
The former mob attorney, who has served as the Las Vegas mayor for a decade, now is in his last term of office, had his likeness enshrined as a new part of the permanent Las Vegas collection at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at the Venetian, being part of the launch of the “Viva Vegas” group of celebrities who have elevated Las Vegas’ fame.
The Goodman statue cost $250,000 to $300,00, looked a little taller and slightly slimmer (maybe it was the Gin imbibing from the prior night?) than the real deal, who also was sporting a wilder hairdo than the wax model.
Mayor Goodman quipped during his induction that his likeness was ‘scary,’ but the wax hall of fame was an “important step for Las Vegas,” then questioned: “Is it strange to be named a celebrity when you have a fairly serious day job?”
Madame Tussauds representatives said “Viva Vegas” represents one of the most ambitious and interactive presentations in the attraction’s 10-year history. The new exhibit not only features Goodman but 26 other wax figures from Las Vegas’ storied entertainment annals, including Elton John, Bette Midler, Blue Man Group, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and, of course, Elvis Presley.
One thing is certain: Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn really craves his birthdays, making them a weeklong extravaganza. Saturday night during the gala Encore opening Harry Connick Jr. was the featured entertainer that joined a star-studded crowd in celebrating the 67th birthday for Steve Wynn. The highlight of the evening’s performance was when Connick sang Frank Sinatra songs, “Luck Be A Lady,” and “Here’s to the Losers.” Steve Wynn loves anything to do with Frank Sinatra.
Earlier on Thursday, Wynn called up Connick and they dined at Encore’s Sinatra restaurant. Then on Friday Wynn called up Connick again and they hooked up for dinner with Donald Trump, Neil Diamond, and others.
Wynn’s real birthday is Tuesday and the rumor is that Wynn plans to spend it in the posh Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz.