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Dorian Leigh defined supermodel

Jul 15, 2008 7:00 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | Losing someone you love, like Dorian Leigh Parker, is the toughest part of life.

Your columnist, Monti Rock III, was once known as Mr. Monti, a young hairdresser at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. At one time I quit my career as a hair stylist and headed to Paris. While there I was rescued by Dorian Leigh, who was the supermodel of her time – Revlon’s "Fire and Ice" lady and sister of Suzy Parker.

Dorian Leigh took me to London where I met Alexander, the top French hair stylist of the day, and the Corita Sisters, who eventually adopted me into their craft. At age 22, I was the rage of Paris, speaking French with a Puerto Rican accent.

Returning to Manhattan I was known as Monti Crespi and the rest is history. I say this with a heavy heart because Dorian Leigh passed away at age 91. She was a mentor; my Svengali. It’s a huge loss for both the fashion industry and all of us who were her many friends.

Moving on is also the task of "Spamalot," the show that unfortunately has little time left at Wynn.

The last performance was Sunday, July 13, which is sad particularly for John O’Hurley, the show’s star and recipient of rave reviews. Wynn opened with "Avenue Q," which closed, but then had a tremendous hit with the revamped "Le Reve."

 Of course we all know talented Danny Gans will be closing at the Mirage in November and will open his own venue at the Wynn’s Encore property. Score another one for Steve Wynn.

Over at the Flamingo, "Second City" also closes and we still are anticipating Donny and Marie’s opening at the resort with many more surprises. In August, comedian Chris Rock will appear at the Colosseum at Caesars – a "must-see."

Some Las Vegas properties took issue with last week’s column because I wrote about tourism being down, the half-price show tickets (down to only one large discount ticket broker), and bargains on hotel rooms. People are looking for special deals today. They want the best for their dollar. Just trying to keep it real, folks.

 Last week I also wrote about the incredible group of people at the Rio Hotel for the World Series of Poker. I managed to wade through the crowd in order to get to the theater to see Tim Molyneaux’s latest production, "All In, The Poker Musical." However, with such a crowd the valet parking was almost impossible.

On July 18, Wes Winters will have his grand opening at the Steve Wyrick Theater in the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood where he performs his Liberace tribute. It’s well worth seeing.

Hats off to Mosaic, the a cappella musical group that opens for George Wallace at the Flamingo. They gave two benefit concerts at Harrah’s for the Clark County Public Education Foundation.

 Seems it’s celebrity baby time with the arrival of Nicole Kidman and hubby Keith Urban’s Sunday Rose, who made her appearance in Nashville. Of course the world awaited word on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s twins, who were born Sunday in Nice, France. And, at 17, Jamie Lynn Spears welcomed her baby daughter.

It will be a first when seeing Madonna and Britney Spears join forces on a tour. Maybe Madonna can spend some time teaching Britney something about Kabbalah instead of spending her free time with Alex Rodriguez. Why doesn’t she teach me Kabbalah?

Shame on you Jesse Jackson for putting your foot in it again. After all these years of radio and TV appearances, you should know when the mics are on and off.

On the local front there’s been a big turnover in the TV news departments. Longtime newscasters Rikki Cheese and Ron Futrell from Channel 13 will be doing field work, while the morning newscasts will be taken over by Casey Smith and Tiffany Sargent.

Reliable sources still insist Michael Jackson will have a room here in Las Vegas. Nothing new, however, on Michael’s possible Pahrump homestead.

The latest change for the "Caveman" show at the Golden Nugget includes a second company that will be appearing at the GN-Laughlin three days a week. The Las Vegas cast will have three days here. Maybe this change is a result of the latest stats, which say the shows continue to do business on the weekends and not during the week.

Meanwhile, Vegas shows doing extremely well are "O" at the Bellagio, Bette Midler at the Colosseum at Caesars and "Jersey Boys" at Wynn. Of course, "Mamma Mia" at Mandalay Bay always draws crowds. When it comes to productions, tickets may well be available if you call the night of the show.

On my busy calendar last week was a stop to see my favorite hair stylist Theresa Graves at Evolve Salon at 1225 Ft. Apache Road. I have a new look, a shorter bob. For you people seeking a change, give my No. 1 stylist a call. She’s the best!