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Polly Peluso - Hollywood Vegas Connection

November 12, 2006  Column

Polly Peluso - Hollywood Vegas ConnectionBy Polly Peluso

Photos by Steve Crespi

Well, my former boss Hugh Hefner is back in the lime light in a fantastic way in Las Vegas. At the time I was an executive for Playboy, they had Playboy Clubs all over the world, Hotels, a Motion Picture Production, Limo Service, Record Department, Models Agency and Playmate Promotions, Playboy catalogue plus not only Playboy magazine but other magazines.

Photo of Hugh Hefner with 3 young beauties that live with him: Holly, Christy, Kendra at Playboy Club opening at Palms

Then the blowout from the Playboy Casino came when the person in charge of the London Casino was caught skimming off the top and this eventually affected all of their services. The only thing left then at that time was the magazine. Now Hef is in "hog heaven" with the opening of the fabulous new Playboy Club opening in the Las Vegas Palms Hotel. The Maloof family owners of The Las Vegas Palms Hotel are very closely connected with the Playboy enterprises now and also give parties at Hef’s magnificent mansion estate in Los Angeles When living in Los Angeles I attended at least 40 parties of all kinds and have hundreds of photos of stars of that era. George Maloof announced that it cost $40,000 to stay in the two story Playboy Hotel-Casino section. Does that come with Playmates ?

Gordie Brown , beautiful wife and Manager Bernie Yuman at Venetian Hotel opening of his show.

A steady "name " at the Palms and elsewhere is Paris Hilton. Last year Paris Hilton or a great look-a-like crashed many of the Academy Awards big charity parties after the awards were given out and scooped up expensive bags of expensive clothing , perfume, etc. as the Beverly Hills Stores give the stars at these big charity parties great gifts as it is all in the name of charity. Since last year, the charity party givers will be giving a close watch out for the real or look-a-like Paris who does not pay to go to any of the parties.  The first time I met Ron L. Hubbard, the founder of Scientology was when a bunch of us would meet on the beach at sunrise and thank God for the rising sun, the water, etc and sing some hymns. Hold hands and pray together. No talk of money or doctrine - just coming together to worship and acknowledge God in a different way. But then "things " changed "big time" with the need for everything monetary and it became like a worship to Hubbard himself. I dropped out early on.

photo of James Spader, Steve Crespi am William Shatner

Sadly,Tom Cruise recently has "hurt" himself for his strong beliefs of this doctrine which he thinks everybody has to become . He went from top star to 260 rating. Even fired by Paramount Studios - so now he has bought his own studio. Cruise may be able to recapture his fans but he may need to tone down his ranting and raving about his Scientology. Especially as no one seems to know of anything charitable or worthwhile that the group does. Everything is some big secret.  Gordie Brown gave an elegant, polished performance at his opening night at the world famous Venetian Hotel. The opening night included Robert Goulet and Penn and Teller and many more celebrities. This is a must see show - all about talent and not lights, acrobats, etc. that so many Las Vegas shows that cost big bucks have become. Following the show, Bernie Yuman, Gordie’s Manager was so excited to tell Gordie that David Letterman has invited Gordie to be a guest on his famous TV Show. Celebrity photographer Steve Crespi was invited by "Boston Legal"stars, James Spader and William Shatner" to join their party at a convention. Tori Spellman has been selling her clothes on E-Bay. Her multi millionaire father, Aaron Spellman ("Beverly Hills 90212", etc.etc.) died recently and had cut her out of his will as he did not approve of her second marriage. She is now going to become a producer herself. Good luck with that Tori.

Photo of four lovely girls at Playboy Club opening at Palms

Las Vegas famous "war expert" , author and speaker John Alexander and his equally famous film critic wife,Victoria Alexander are in Africa. This year, they have been in Afaganastan, India, Peru - everywhere dangerous. John speaks about Future Conflicts and what must be done to save the world from destroying itself. John was a commander during the Vietnam massacre.

Most Las Vegans know of the famous resident, Liz Renay., Liz went to prison because she would not "snitch" on a mobster and while incarcerated wrote best seller books and painted about 80 beautiful pictures. And oh, yes the first woman to run down Hollywood Blvd. naked on a dare . Her life has never been one of peace and quite. About two weeks there was a murder in her home - but thank goodness she was not at home at the time and did not even know the intruders. Liz and I are planning on resuming our speaking engagements together soon. Some great Country Western stars, Big and Rich, Brooks & Dunn, and Vince Gill will be at the Hilton in December. "Dancing with the Stars "will be performing Dec. 30 at Thomas & Mack. Baby Boomers will want to see and hear James Darren at the Suncoast. The Dixie Chicks are slated for the MGM. As for nightclubs- every Hotel on the strip has outrageous nightclubs with celebrities galore enjoying them along with the rest of the "hotties"."The Booze Hounds" are keeping the Los Angeles nightclubs "hot" with their Punk-Rock style. However, Las Vegas is indeed the entertainment capitol of the world.



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