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It is so sad about the 129 deaths and the more than 350 people injured during the terrorist raids on six Paris locations.

Paris, as we know, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and my home for two years when I was young and beautiful (age 23). I closed my salons, sold my cars in NYC and took off to the city where I met the original Revlon Fire and Ice model, Dorian Leigh Parker, and her sister, top model and actress Suzy Parker.

That’s where I learned the ins and outs of the fashion business and was introduced to the “in” people of that era. I got to do fashion shoots for Elizabeth Arden and became the “it” boy of the Paris fashion scene. Paris opened its arms to a young Puerto Rican boy from the Bronx, and so I am doubly sad because I still identify with this city.

These people who make war in the name of religion are animals, not humans, and we should spare them no mercy.

More Sheen troubles

Charlie Sheen has made headlines again. He has come out and revealed he has been diagnosed as HIV positive for the past 4-5 years. He made this announcement to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show last week and caused quite a stir.

Whether or not you believe his motives is strictly up to you. He came out at this time to avoid the constant rumors and accusations about his sexual adventures and to end his having to pay some “trusted” people who were taking money from him to keep the story quiet. Remember, it was not so long ago Sheen was the highest-paid actor in TV, a target for those would like to bilk funds from him.

Charlie claims to have had protected sex only, except in two cases. Those were with people who were already under the care of his doctor. This has already been challenged and I’m sure a slew of his sex partners will follow with accusations. 

Bottom line is Charlie better clean up his act once and for all and try to get help for himself and people in similar situations. We wish him luck.

Burt tells all

Burt Reynolds, who was one of the biggest international movie stars of our day, has written his autobiography entitled “But Enough About Me.” The aging leading man and action hero had longtime romances with Dinah Shore, Sally Field and later married Loni Anderson. He speaks freely about his bad boy days and his problem getting serious roles in film until he grew that famous mustache.

Prior to that, his resemblance to Marlon Brando sort of hindered his career. He also says he regrets losing Field, one of the most special people he has ever known. In looking back at his many films, he claims his favorite was “Smokey and The Bandit.” Though he looks frail (as seen on “Live! With Kelly and Michael”), he still has that fabulous cutting edge humor.

The north Strip

We keep hearing the SLS is revamping its restaurant and showroom. Well, it has been announced that Live Nation will be handling all of the bookings in the renovated theater. It’s time to get some top names and/or shows on the north end of the Strip.

Finally, the eyesore of the never completed Fontainebleau Hotel has been addressed. They will be installing a huge cover for the open shell side of the building, thereby giving us something decent to look at when driving along the Strip. It would be nice for someone to buy this property and complete it so as to bring some Miami atmosphere to the area.

Recognizing Rudy

My old friend Rudy Guarino booked me at his top Boston club called The Sugar Shack 35 years ago where he had many of the top Soul and R&B stars of the day. He then moved on to Miami at The Bird Lounge in the Marco Polo Hotel. I had a great run there until I got a little, how shall I say, too “risqué.” Rudy was quite the man in his early days and there is now a documentary-style film and a reality show in the works telling his interesting story.

My Tony award

Before I forget (again) I would like to thank Anthony Cools for his efforts in trying to get my one-man show off the ground. Despite his efforts it didn’t quite work out. Anthony has gone on to starring in one of the best hypnotist shows in Vegas and he keeps coming up with new ideas all the time. Kudos to Anthony.

IAC steps up

The Italian American Club, in addition to its good food and entertainment, has installed Buddy Greco and Bob Anderson into its Hall of Fame. These are two entertainers who definitely deserve this honor.

Buddy began his career as a piano player for the Benny Goodman band, went on to record many albums and was a close friend to Sinatra for 50 years or so. He was noted as being a great jazz/pop pianist and song stylist.

Anderson, a Las Vegas favorite often called the best singing impressionist in the business, is currently headlining in his Frank Sinatra Tribute show at the Palazzo.

The Rev. Monti hopes you have a great Thanksgiving and wishes you the only the best

Monti Rock, who starred with John Travolta in the classic Saturday Night Fever, is a legend, performer, GamingToday entertainment columnist and marketing expert. Contact Monti at [email protected].

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