November celebrity celebrations
Nov. 3: You wanna wish a happy 67th birthday to occasional Vegas headliner Roseanne Barr … perhaps on Twitter? On second thought, perhaps NOT on Twitter. The controversial comedian/sitcom star still makes the local rounds, last having dropped in during pal Andrew Dice Clay’s set last March at the Tropicana’s Laugh Factory.
Nov. 3: Irony, sarcasm, withering wit — comedian Dennis Miller has brought all of that to Vegas over the years. Has he mellowed now that he’s marking birthday No. 66? Perhaps next time he drops in on one of his old Vegas haunts — The Orleans? Caesars Palace? — we might find out.
Nov. 8: What would Vegas do without culinary godfather Gordon Ramsay? We’d rather not find out. Have a bite at one of his local eateries in honor of birthday No. 53.
Nov. 10: Don’t wrassle with the decision to wish Vegas-born wrestler Ryback — a former Palo Verde High School/CCSN/UNLV student and Monte Carlo hotel-casino employee — a thunderous 38th birthday. If you don’t extend congrats, you could wind up trying to survive his signature “Boulder Holder” and “Shell-Shocked” moves. Guess who’d win?
Nov. 12: Ring dem 34th birthday bells for Arianny Celeste. The Vegas-born-and-bred UFC ring gal, who attended Eldorado High School and UNLV has also provided admirers quite an eyeful in the pages of FHM, Maxim and Playboy magazines.
Nov. 13: How about sending a mean birthday tweet to Vegas-raised late-night host/Vegas comedy club namesake Jimmy Kimmel to mark his 52nd birthday? You think he might book Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert into his club soon — just to keep an eye on the competition?
Nov. 16: Though she never once took a Vegas stage to dance or warble a tune, give a 61st birthday shout-out to actress Marg Helgenberger. Why? She became part of the Vegas fabric for, well, examining blood spatter for a dozen years as showgirl-turned-forensic cop Catherine Willows on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Can you name another showgirl — real or otherwise – who won two Emmy Awards?
Nov. 17: Oh, what a night — every night that Jersey Boys lit up the Strip. And even though he hails from Da Bronx, his theatrical avatar was such an integral part of that enduring musical that we must salute singer/producer/Four Seasons legend Bob Gaudio on birthday No. 77. Dude still Walks Like a Man.
Nov. 20: Who did Mom like best? Well, today it would have to be Dickie – as in the Dick Smothers half of the legendary Vegas stalwarts, The Smothers Brothers — who turns 80. No word, however, on the age of that famous upright bass fiddle he plucked for 45 years next to brother Tom. Oh, and let’s not forget that he also played a Nevada senator who incurs the wrath of Robert De Niro — never an advisable move — in Casino.
Nov. 20: Somewhere, Joan Rivers is looking down and wishing an acerbic-but-loving 56th birthday wish to female impersonator/Joan Rivers doppleganger Frank Marino, Las Vegas’ proudest diva and the former star of the very-long-running An Evening at La Cage and Divas Las Vegas.
Nov. 22: In memory of … Rodney Dangerfield, the iconic, sad-sack comedian who left us in 2004 at age 82 after a career that including headlining Vegas showrooms for 30-plus years. For a time, Dangerfield was also a Vegas resident. And if he were around today, he would have our profound respect.
Nov. 25: Abracadabra — and just like that, local comedy-magician Murray Sawchuck presto-changes into a 46-year-old, while still up to both his old and new tricks at the Tropicana Hotel-Casino. Knowing the man dubbed “The Dennis the Menace of Magic” as we do, we wouldn’t be surprised if he could magically become 18 again.
Nov. 26: In memory of …. Robert Goulet, and we still can’t fathom why the Vegas perennial who sang “If Ever I Could Leave You” did in fact leave us in 2007 at age 73. However, even if he were still with us today, the stunningly handsome star of Camelot could still play Sir Lancelot with utter believability — and that famous twinkle in his eye.
Nov. 26: We get the distinct impression that impressionist/Vegas headliner-resident Rich Little is still a voice maestro extraordinaire as he reaches birthday No. 81. We would wish him a happy birthday in the voices of Jimmy Stewart, Richard Nixon, Johnny Carson and Jack Benny, but he’s way better at it than we are.
— Steve Bornfeld