LIVING ON THE EDGE, OSMOND IS A SURVIVOR (Photo by Jerry Metellus)

LIVING ON THE EDGE, OSMOND IS A SURVIVOR (Photo by Jerry Metellus)

July 4, 2017 03:55 AM

Slowing down her fast-lane career has entered Marie Osmond’s mind, but retirement is down the road “as long as my voice still works.”

With life as an empty-nest parent looming and her remarriage to former BYU basketball star Stephen Craig still in the honeymoon phase, she’s ecstatic about quality-time getaways.

And nothing says recapturing your lost childhood like staying in what she called “a five-star tree-house with gourmet food and everything.”

“We’re actually going to go,” said Osmond, in a wide-ranging, revealing interview during “Conversations with Norm” on Saturday.

“We’re going to do all the things that matter,” Osmond told a near-capacity at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Osmond and Craig remarried in 2011 after divorcing 25 years earlier.

Osmond hinted she and her brother are leaning toward extending the Donny & Marie show at the Flamingo. Their 10-year anniversary was a year ago. And she has another Broadway-related project in the works.

“I’m doing a new album more Broadway opera-based,” said the versatile entertainer whose career has spanned country, pop and Broadway musicals.

She shared her incredible highs and lows, from a No. 1 hit (“Paper Roses”) at the age of 12½ to marital and financial setbacks.

At the age of 40, postpartum depression nearly resulted in her driving her car off a cliff along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Don’t let the signature ever-sunny smile fool you, she’s a tough-minded survivor.

Nothing illustrates that more than her story about the day Donny accidentally ice-skated over her finger during the first incarnation of the “Donny & Marie” show in the 1970s.

“I can’t even tell you the pain I felt every time my heart beat,” she said. “I said I have to go to the hospital. They said ‘you can’t. This is $60,000 a half hour and we can’t afford that. You need to finish off this hour. We got to get these celebrities to the airplane. This crew can’t sit around and wait for you.’”

Osmond told the audience, “I remember thinking I don’t matter. That’s what you kind of think, I am not important.

“I remember I went back in the set area, where they build all the sets, and looked around and pulled out a drill.”

She drilled through the fingernail to relieve the pressure. “Blood squirted everywhere,” she said.

“You get tough,” she said, adding she’s no “wimp. I’m pretty tough, I think, from growing up with brothers. My dad always told me he was grateful he had one son,” she said, to laughs.

She drew on her inner strength when she encountered sexual abuse, mental abuse and a severe case of postpartum depression.

“I was sexually abused as a child and I believe that’s a real high component in (depression). Never spoke about those things. I never wanted to humiliate my family or let them know. And as a child, one of the reasons I loved being on stage was that it was safer than being backstage.

“There are a just a lot of things. I don’t get into details on it. It was all taken care of and I feel I’m in a very good place, but it’s a very sad, sad thing that can be fixed and people can talk about it.”

Dealing with postpartum depression after the 1999 birth of her son Matthew “was a very hard point for me in my life. I remember driving down Pacific Coast Highway. Five times I almost drove my car off it because I truly believed everybody would be better off without me. And there were a lot of reasons for that … a very bad marriage and a lot of things.”

She added, “If I hadn’t been a 40-year-old woman at the time and had a lot of life underneath me and a very strong belief in God I probably would have done that. But fortunately the logical side of me said, you’re crazy, this isn’t right, even though it felt right.”

She had turned over her infant to her nanny in Agoura and drove 250 miles up Pacific Coast Highway to try to figure it out.

“I found myself in a no-tell motel. I knew that because they had toilet seat covers in the bathroom,” she said, never at a loss for a quip.

She got a call from her mother, who had tracked her down through her credit cards.

“My mother was brilliant. I was weeping. She was really cool,” said Osmond, choking up. “She said, ‘Honey, I’m going to tell something I’ve never told anyone.’ She said, ‘When I had my last child I got in my car and I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway. You were 3 years old.’

“I realized at that time if my mother overcame it then so could I. So she gave great hope. And that’s why I wrote the book (‘Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum’) to hopefully give others great hope.”

The worst of the mental abuse came one day when a producer for the “Donny & Marie Show” (1976-1979) marched her outside to address her fluctuating weight.

“I started to put weight on because I was so stressed. (He) told me I was an embarrassment to my family and I needed to keep food out of my fat face, that 260-some people would lose their jobs because I was fat and getting ugly. Here I was (in my teens) and I was told if I ever told my parents or my brothers about this conversation he would call me a liar. So I lived with this craziness.”

That led to crash dieting, and her weight dropping to 93 pounds.

She also overcame a financial calamity.

“I was 19 years old and all the work we had done, and I don’t know if this was interesting, but I was financially set for life. Me, my kids, my grandkids, their kids,  everybody was set in my family.

“Then my brothers did some business and they lost everything.

“So by the time I was 25 years old I was getting a divorce, I was financially broke. I had a child, I was a single mother. I didn’t know how to pay my rent. But on a super positive note I realized I was now emotionally damaged enough that I could legitimately sing country music.”

The scene and heard
R&R Partners, Inc., had a camera crew in Hugo’s Cellar (Four Queens) recently, shooting a campaign commercial with a stunning model. The largest advertising agency in the state is responsible for promoting Las Vegas through the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.

On this day…
July 4, 1981: The Hole in the Wall Gang, run by mobster Tony (the Ant) Spilotro and specializing in robbing hotel rooms of rich gamblers, is caught breaking into Bertha’s, a Las Vegas furniture and jewelry store, after one of the gang rats them out. The Mob has Spilotro killed five years later.

Sightings
Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, earning his wings at Vegas Indoor Skydiving on Sunday…

AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys, working on his swing while chowing down on yellowtail sashimi at Topgolf (MGM Grand) on Sunday…

At Drai’s Beachclub (Cromwell) on Sunday: McLean with fellow Backstreet Boys Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Howard Dorough…

Also at Drai’s, actress Billie Lourde, daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, poolside with friend and fellow actor Austen Rydell in a private bungalow…

At Red Rock’s T-Bones steak house a week ago: actor Kevin Costner and his family at an event that included football legends “Mean” Joe Green and Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 1980s dynasty and Jim McMahon, former BYU and Chicago Bears standout.

VEGAS DIARY: MAYWEATHER MAKES HALL, AWAITS McGREGOR

Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. loves making huge bets on just about everything. But he sounded unsure that he would bet on himself against UFC star Conor McGregor.

If and when the megafight happens, he could legally bet on himself, but he said, “I don’t think I’m going to bet. I haven’t bet on myself in 21 years, why start now?”

In a one-on-one interview conducted Friday after Mayweather was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame at Orleans Arena, he chose his words carefully about whether a deal can be worked out with McGregor.

“We’re communicating,” he said. “We’re going back and forth. Do I think the fight’s going to happen? It’s possible. I just don’t know yet.”

Asked to comment on the rumor that the promoters are looking at Aug. 26, Mayweather said, “I really don’t know, but once they tell me it’s a go I can start back training, start back getting focused. I have to get back in training mode. I have to get back in fight mode.”

Has he been training? “No, not at all.”

How long would it take to be in shape?

“I can’t really say, but I’ve been off two years now.”

Mayweather (49-0) might be favored by some of the longest odds seen in a major fight in years. Mike Tyson (37-0 at the time) was a 42-1 favorite over Buster Douglas in 1990 in Tokyo. Douglas won by a knockout, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in sports history.

Mayweather is around a 10-1 favorite at most Las Vegas sports books. McGregor, 28, has little boxing experience and must compete under boxing-only rules.

“I wouldn’t give McGregor any chance, not even a puncher’s chance,” said Tim Dahlberg, The Associated Press’ Las Vegas-based national sports columnist. He has been covering major fights for almost 40 years.

“No matter how good a puncher you are,” said Dahlberg, “you’re facing the greatest defensive fighter of his time and he would argue all time.”

I tweeted from the Hall of Fame event that a source close to Mayweather said the fight “is going to be sooner than people think.” Another reliable source said Aug. 26 is being explored.

Dahlberg questions whether the fight could take place that soon.

“I’m sure he keeps in good shape but a good fighter in his prime would need six to eight weeks of training camp,” said Dahlberg.

Harmon’s take on Tiger’s health issues
Golf teaching legend Butch Harmon doesn’t buy the popular theory that Tiger Woods’ back issues and subsequent opioid use stems from his hard-swinging style.

“I don’t believe in that at all,” said Harmon, who joined Mayweather, Sam Schmidt, Overton Curtis and the Las Vegas Bowl as inductees of the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame on Friday.

“I think the back injuries come from the workout in the gym,” said Harmon, who was Woods’ coach for a decade.

“I think he works out so hard he’s big from lifting a lot of weights. In my opinion that’s how he hurt his back. He got really big. Whether that was good or bad I don’t know, but he was obsessed with lifting weights. And that was a big thing for him.

“When I had him — we parted ways in August ’02 — and if you look at his body then, it wasn’t like that. He worked out a lot and he was strong but he wasn’t as big and as bulky as he became.”

Woods’ dramatic body transformation started being noticed in 2004.

In September, 2006, when Woods stormed to five tour tournament wins in a row, I interviewed Keith Kleven, Woods’ long-time Las Vegas-based trainer. Kleven said Woods had packed on 25 pounds of muscle.

That was a big change from his days at Stanford University when Woods was nicknamed “Urkel,” after Steven Urkel, the skinny, nerdy star of the 1990s hit TV show “Family Matters.”

The Woods-Kleven connection started when Woods made his recruiting trip to UNLV, where Kleven was a prominent trainer.
Watching the TV footage of Woods’ DUI arrest was “really sad,” said Harmon.

“It’s awful. I think right now golf would be the farthest thing from my mind. I hope he gets the proper help. I  hope he can go back to having a great quality of life and enjoy his kids. If he can play golf that would be a plus. But for me right I just hope he gets the help he needs.”

The scene and heard
Jerry Lewis update from the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s John Katsilometes @johnnykats: “Hospitalized Friday night. Should be released soon, possibly (Saturday). Treated for a UTI and is taking antibiotics.”

Vegas tweet of the week, from @LVCabChronicles: “Drunk Guy: ‘A #Vegas casino is like a washing machine; every 15 years or so you have to blow it up and built a new one.’”

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On this day…
June 3, 2001: Rocker Tom Petty marries longtime girlfriend Dana York in a low-key ceremony after two sold-out shows at the Hard Rock Hotel. Three weeks later they repeat the ceremony in front of family and friends in Malibu, with Little Richard officiating.

June 4, 2007: The fourth and final season of the World Series of Blackjack, filmed at the Las Vegas Hilton, premieres on the Game Show Network. Despite adding celebrity players such as Penn Jillette, Orel Hershiser and Caroline Rhea, the show lacks the appeal of televised poker and is cancelled.

Sightings
Mayweather, taking in The Chainsmokers concert at XS nightclub (Wynn) on Friday after his Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame induction… Spotted at the Hall of Fame gala: Brent Musburger and Bill Adee, chief operating officer of Vegas Stats & Information Network, Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, 2005 SNSHOF inductee Marc Ratner, former executive of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and former Nebraska quarterback great David Humm, the first SNSHOF inductee… Reality TV star Chase Chrisley of “Chrisley Knows Best,” celebrating his 21st birthday at Chateau & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas on Friday night.

The punch line
“Meanwhile, I’m sure you know about covfefe at this point, right? So just after midnight (Wednesday) the president wrote, ‘Despite that puzzling half-sentence, for a brief shining moment, Donald Trump made Twitter great again.’” – Jimmy Kimmel.

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ZINGERS FLY AY INAUGURAL DEANA MARTIN CELEBRITY ROAST

Deana Martin’s inaugural celebrity roast had all the elements of her famous father’s hit TV series: brutal zingers, blue language, even a Ruth Buzzi impersonator.

About 400 showed up at the South Point Showroom on Monday to watch roastee Dennis Bono take his lumps at the charity benefit.

He got plenty of them from Buzzi, who turned out be local entertainer Kelly Clinton. She came out swinging like Buzzi’s purse-flailing spinster character, Gladys Ormphby, a fixture on the hit hit TV series “Laugh-In.”

The event doubled as a 70th birthday party for the longtime entertainer and radio show host.

Bono’s tormentors included actors Tony Lo Bianca and Robert Davis, celebrity reporter Robin Leach, comedian Rich Little, and entertainers Frankie Scinta and Clint Holmes, Clinton’s husband. Deana Martin piled on as well.

Holmes, who has a history of highlighting many a roast with his hilarious musical parodies, had one ready for Bono.

Set to Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’s 1960 hit, “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” Holmes’ version went this way:

“He’s driving along the Strip just dreaming of billboards,
He sees that the Scinta family’s making it big.
He’s thinking how great he croons, and that guy’s just playing spoons
Who do I have to whack to get the gig?
He says that he sings as well as his best pal Stevie.
Of course he says this after having quite a few swigs
Steve’s singing at Carnegie Hall
Dennis sings right next to the outlet mall
Who do I have to whack to get the gig?
There’s nothing wrong with doing radio just once a week
It gives you so much time to not learn songs
But could you pick a song just once that doesn’t put us all to sleep
And please stop holding all your notes soooo lonnnnnnnnng!
But just as the spotlight’s fading on his career
And he was having trouble making the vig
He’s praying for one more joint,
And thank God they built South Point.
This could be start of something, this could be the start of something.
Cool and fresh and hip it is. Almost on the Strip it is.
This could be the start of Bono’s gig!”

Bono, who was discovered by Frank Sinatra’s righthand man, Jilly Rizzo, didn’t take the grilling sitting down.

When Leach said Bono “is so meticulous he even has creases in his underwear,” Bono fired back, “Hey I’m 71. I don’t wear underwear. Those creases are my (posterior).”

Bono teased Rich Little about his young wives.

“You’re suppose to meet your future wife in a restaurant or a bar,” said Bono, “not in a Chuck E. Cheese.”

To Holmes: “I know how hard you’re trying to be hip. I know you’re my age. You should be concerned about breaking one.”

Bono mentioned he and Scinta are typical Italians – close to their families. “I visit mine a lot back east. He visits his when the prison allows on visiting day. The rest of them are in the witness protection program.”

Taking aim at Leach’s expanding waistline, Bono snarked, “Try going to the hold-the-Mayo Clinic.”

The scene and heard
Las Vegas resident Jason Hook, lead guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch, was so inspired by VH1’s long-running “Behind the Music” TV series that he decided to try his hand at it.
The result is “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight,” a revealing look at some of the greatest unsung musicians who made a career of jumping from one gig to another with rock legends.

Hook’s one-night-only version is being shown Wednesday across the country, including numerous theaters in Las Vegas.

Among the “hired guns” and music greats featured in the documentary: Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Jason Newsted (Metallica), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Glen Sobel and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, Toto), Steve Vai (David Lee Roth), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Chris Johnson (Rihanna), music producer David Foster and featuring Cooper and Zombie.

On this day…
June 28, 1997: The second heavyweight fight between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield at the MGM Grand Garden ends after three rounds when Tyson is disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear. The Nevada State Athletic Commission yanked Tyson’s license for 18 months and fined him a whopping $3 million. He was reinstated in early 1999.

Sightings
Sheila (Mann) Allan and Liz Kelley-Hansen of Dean Martin’s famed song-and-dance troupe The Golddiggers, in the crowd at the Bono roast. Eight were in town to perform on Deana Martin’s weekend shows at South Point honoring her dad’s 100th birthday. Mann, who lives in Las Vegas, spent one year with the original Golddiggers, keeping a promise she made to her parents. She was 19. Her parents were Holocaust survivors and had concerns about losing their daughter to the temptations in the world of show business. She recalls the 12-member troupe being forewarned about the legendary Buddy Hackett before a 1969 engagement at the Sahara. “We were told to be leery of him because he had a tendency to show up on the stage naked,” she said, “And he did, but not with us.”

The punch line
“Two Florida men reportedly abandoned their car last week after crashing into a Dorito’s truck, which sounds like the perfect case for Chips.” – Seth Meyers.

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VEGAS RETURN OF THE WHO RECALLS ENTWISTLE DEATH

The Who returns to Las Vegas next month, 15 years after their bassist John Entwistle became one of the highest-profile celebrity deaths in the city’s history.

Joe Louis. Carole Lombard. Sonny Liston. Tupac Shakur. Dan Wheldon. Danny Gans. To name a few.

Scandal immediately surrounded Entwistle’s death on June 27, 2002, in suite 658 at the Hard Rock Hotel. He was 57.

Within hours, I received a tip that he was with a stripper. I confirmed it and reported it in my Vegas Confidential column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

That report triggered a frenzied response among British tabloids. Overnight, a small army of reporters and paparazzi descended on local strip clubs, offering huge checks for information on the identity and whereabouts of Entwistle’s companion.

Meantime, then-Clark County coroner Ron Flud determined the death was caused by a cocaine-induced heart attack.

About a week after Entwistle’s death, I received a phone call from an unhappy caller who identified himself as a high-ranking editor with London’s News of the World, the world’s biggest-selling newspaper.

He quickly got to the point with some choice language. He accused me of fabricating the stripper angle and complained that his paper had spent a bundle and he was blaming me for the wild goose chase.

I informed him that he was dead wrong.

Months later, Alycen Rowse, a stripper at Deja Vu and a prominent groupie from Utah, went public, selling her story to a competing London paper.

Rowse, then 32, said she found Entwistle cold and unresponsive about 10 a.m. She told authorities she tried to resuscitate him. When that failed, she called paramedics.

Entwistle, one of the music world’s most acclaimed bassists, died one day before the Hall of Fame British band was to start its 2002 U.S. tour.

The Who begins a six-show mini-residency July 29 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The other dates are: August 1, 4, 7, 9, and 11.

The rest of Entwistle’s story includes a sordid twist that the rocker might have found poetic.

Still married at the time of his death, Entwistle also had a long-term girlfriend, American Lisa Pritchett-Johnson.

She made headlines for running off with a married vicar of Entwistle’s church a year after the funeral. The Rev. Colin Wilson had officiated at the funeral. Wilson resigned and apologized to his parishioners for “going off the rails.”

She never recovered from Entwistle’s death and died of an overdose about three years later at her home near Memphis. He had left her millions in his will.

As for Rowse, she returned to Utah and wrote a book title “We’ve Got Tonight: The Life and Time of Notorious Groupie, Alycen Rowse.”

In a 2010 interview, she was quoted as saying she had no regrets about being with Entwistle.

“I don’t want this to sound egotistical,” she said, “but he couldn’t have gone (died) with a better woman, because I know how to keep the privacy.

“I didn’t even think about touching anything in the room,” she said, “except for the body and doing mouth-to-mouth.”

On this day…
June 26, 1955: On a train trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Lauren Bacall dubs the Hollywood clique led by Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra the “rat pack.” The term sticks to Sinatra and buddies Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop in their Vegas heyday five years later.

Sightings
Chase McNary, who competed on the 12 season of “The Bachelorette,” with friends on Friday at Topgolf (MGM Grand)…

Actress Mindy Kaling, celebrating her 38th birthday and the season end of “The Mindy Project” with friends at Tao restaurant (Venetian) on Friday night. Later, Kaling posted on Instagram, “the best way to behave is to misbehave.”…

At Tao nightclub on Saturday: NFL players Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills) and his brother, Jaylen Watkins (Philadelphia Eagles) and Arizona Cardinals teammates Jared Campbell and Deone Bucannon, with friends.

The punch line
“Today, in Las Vegas, the forecast was a record 117. Also the average age of the people at the nickel slots. And today, temperatures are expected to reach 127 degrees in Death Valley. But it’s a dry death.” – Stephen Colbert.

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NHL TOUGH GUY INSPIRED BY UFC STAR McGREGOR

One of the baddest dudes in hockey is a big fan of UFC king Conor McGregor.

It figures.

Brent Burns is the San Jose Sharks’ version of Ivan the Terrible. Long, black scraggly beard. Two front teeth missing. A warrior on skates.

McGregor is leaving the comfort zone of the octagon to take on unbeaten boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26. Boxing rules only.

Burns met McGregor, a fellow kindred spirit, in March 2016.

“It was extremely inspirational to watch a guy like him and see him train,” said Burns. “It was unreal to watch him train.”

Their introduction came in February 2016, shortly after McGregor accepted a fight against Nate Diaz on 10 days’ notice.

McGregor “had just learned he was fighting someone else and he really didn’t care,” said Burns.

McGregor was “very humble, extremely kind to take time out of his training to let me ask questions and pick his brain about certain things,” said Burns, an hour after he received the Norris Trophy for best defenseman at the NHL Awards show at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

“He’s just a special athlete,” said Burns, “one of those generation guys who comes around every once in a while and it’s fun to learn and try to take things from his training.”

Burns returned for the fight.

“It was buzzing. Oh man, it was cool. So it will be fun to play in Las Vegas because it’s an exciting place.

“Like I’ve always said, we’re pretty lazy. When we go on the road, we like to go from our bed to a restaurant and back to bed, so we got that here. It’s not far to anywhere. So that’s nice.”

By the way, in the perfect world, the hockey gods would see that Burns ends up with the Vegas Golden Knights. Visitors to his home are greeted with an armored medieval knight standing guard in the foyer.

The scene and heard
Fans of “House of Cards,” and going back much, much further to “Puttin’ on the Hits,” will recognize Allen Fawcett in an upcoming role as a pilot in “House of Cards.” His scene in the latter is with Will Conway, played by Joe Kinnaman. Kinnaman’s character, also a pilot, has a meltdown in the scene. Fawcett lived in Las Vegas for years. Dick Clark gave him his big break on TV when he hired Fawcett as the host of “Puttin’ on the Hits” in 1984. He was the face of the syndicated show for five years. He landed soap opera roles on “General Hospital” as Swedish heartthrob Larsen and “The Edge of Night.”…

Brayden McNabb quite possibly holds the claim to fame of being the first member of the Golden Knights to set foot in T-Mobile Arena. The former Los Angeles Kings defenseman saw a Coldplay concert there last September. Cody Glass, the Golden Knights’ No. 1 entry draft selection, played at a hockey tournament in Las Vegas in his teens. Swede Eric Brannstrom, the Knights’ third-round pick on Friday, was asked by the media if he had been to Las Vegas. No, he said, but he added, “I’ve seen ‘The Hangover.’”

Tweet of the week: Eric Bergen, a former member of the “Jersey Boys” Las Vegas production, tweeted this Thursday: “Last nite, recording new album in the studio, told I had to move my car because I was in @Cher’s parking spot. I’ve never more honored.”

Giving credit where it’s due: Helen Yee of http://www.LasVegasSportsNetwork/eyesonthegame had an interview with Floyd Mayweather Sr. more than a year ago in which he told Yee his son was planning to fight McGregor.

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On this day…
June 23, 2001: In his first fight in the USA, WBC super bantamweight champion Manny Pacquaio defeats Wethya Sakmuangklang of South Africa by a TKO at the MGM Grand. It’s was one of many bouts in Las Vegas for the Filipino megastar, who’s also a singer, actor and politician.

June 24, 2000: After a sold-out concert with her fellow Dixie Chicks, lead singer Natalie Maines marries actor Adrian Pasdar in a $55, post-midnight ceremony at The Little White Wedding Chapel. Then they go out with the other Chicks and win $740.

Sightings
At Beerhaus at The Park (CityCenter) after the NHL Awards and expansion draft on Wednesday: Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins, including Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel along with club owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux. Also at the party hosted by MGM Resorts International: Actor Joe Manganiello, who hosted the awards show, and his wife, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, and actor-comedian Taran Killam, who partied in the company of the Stanley Cup…

German-born model Jasmine Sanders, an Instagram sensation, dining with a group at Tao (Venetian) on Thursday.

The punch line
“Discovery Channel is promoting its upcoming Shark Week by promising to have Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps race a great white shark. But don’t tell him. It’s a surprise?” – Seth Meyers.

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