Show biz loses icons Berle and Moore

April 02, 2002 3:29 AM
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I was very saddened to learn that one of my all-time favorite comics, Milton Berle, passed away last week. I met Uncle Milty in my formative years in New York City. He even came to one of my parties on East 65th Street. To me he was a great Vaudevillian, the last of the great comics, Mr. TV himself.

We’re also mourning Dudley Moore, who passed away after a valiant fight. Dudley was once married to my friend Tuesday Weld, and he was as gifted a comedian as we’ve ever seen. Both these great entertainers will be missed.

There was a Phyllis McGuire sighting recently at the Clint Holmes opening. It was Phyllis McGuire looking like Phyllis McGuire. Where was Bob Stupak?

Phyllis Diller has announced her retirement, hooray! Her final performance is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 at the Suncoast Hotel/Casino. I saw this great lady at the Stardust and she was brilliant, opening for Jack Jones about 15 or 20 years ago. She was just brilliant. I’d like to put my request in for all her old wigs and shift dresses. I’ll pass on the leg wraps, though.

Perhaps retirement is coming too early. Case in point is Don Rickles who at 74 is at the top of his form. These are just a few of the last of the vestiges of what great show business is all about.

Of course life doesn’t always deal up roses for its deserving saplings. Poor Charo, Charo, Charo. The Latin Lovely has two weeks remaining at The Venetian. A brave effort on her part to get a showroom. I feel this girl deserves accolades because she is Charo, the campy performer from the old school. In any case, she will be among the inductees into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame this month.

I was very saddened to learn that one of my all-time favorite comics, Milton Berle, passed away last week. I met Uncle Milty in my formative years in New York City. He even came to one of my parties on East 65th Street. To me he was a great Vaudevillian, the last of the great comics, Mr. TV himself.

We’re also mourning Dudley Moore, who passed away after a valiant fight. Dudley was once married to my friend Tuesday Weld, and he was as gifted a comedian as we’ve ever seen. Both these great entertainers will be missed.

There was a Phyllis McGuire sighting recently at the Clint Holmes opening. It was Phyllis McGuire looking like Phyllis McGuire. Where was Bob Stupak?

Phyllis Diller has announced her retirement, hooray! Her final performance is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 at the Suncoast Hotel/Casino. I saw this great lady at the Stardust and she was brilliant, opening for Jack Jones about 15 or 20 years ago. She was just brilliant. I’d like to put my request in for all her old wigs and shift dresses. I’ll pass on the leg wraps, though.

Perhaps retirement is coming too early. Case in point is Don Rickles who at 74 is at the top of his form. These are just a few of the last of the vestiges of what great show business is all about.

Of course life doesn’t always deal up roses for its deserving saplings. Poor Charo, Charo, Charo. The Latin Lovely has two weeks remaining at The Venetian. A brave effort on her part to get a showroom. I feel this girl deserves accolades because she is Charo, the campy performer from the old school. In any case, she will be among the inductees into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame this month.

Also to be inducted is a group called The Characters. Old time Vegas types will remember these guys as the predecessors to the Rat Pack. The group was formed in 1953 in Philadelphia. The members consisted of Carman and Freddy, The Champ, Charles “Blackie” Hunt, Johnny Rico. They’ve performed in Florida, New York, etc. So many have called me about The Characters, I decided to pass it on to my readers. The Characters are to be inducted on April 12.

Let us not despair because we will have Bob Anderson in The Main Event, courtesy of producer Jeff Kutash at The Venetian. Also, Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed and Delivered will open Memorial Day weekend, and Melinda, The First Lady of Magic, is still dazzling crowds, all at The Venetian.

The Academy Awards got its lowest TV ratings ever. And for good reason. To sit and watch a group of spoiled, overpaid ineffectuals congratulate themselves for making questionable movies is the height of lunacy. Even the reunion of Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw couldn’t save it. Love Story is history!

If you want to check out stars, step into The Raw Truth on east Flamingo. Recently spotted was Angela Bassett, the Meditation Room. I go there twice a week to get my fix of good food. I recommend it very highly.

Storm at the Mandalay Bay has a lovely back story. Two brothers, Etinee and Guillaung Carriera, two wonderful dancing brothers, are the miracles of the ensemble. These two talented youngsters come from an entertainment family and add so much to the cast of Storm. If you have a chance, catch their show.

Let’s not forget the lounge scene. Billie Cole, an Australian beauty at the Luxor, is about to launch her new CD. Billie and her husband Robert are great supporters of GamingToday and have produced many major acts, but the small acts continue to do good business. I’m for the small guys, so let’s give them a chance.