Mitzi Gaynor Returns to Las Vegas
Legendary entertainer Mitzi Gaynor is welcomed to Las Vegas in her dressing room at The Orleans by Oscar B. Goodman, of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Gaynor is performing at The Orleans Oct. 14-16 in her first Las Vegas appearance in more than a decade. Goodman presented Gaynor with a Las Vegas News Bureau photograph of her 1963 performance at The Flamingo. The Orleans appearance is a homecoming for Gaynor, who premiered as a Las Vegas headliner in 1961, and continued to perform in showrooms on the Strip for several decades with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Already a star on stage, Gaynor made her motion picture debut in 1950 and went on to star in numerous films. Gaynor was nominated for a Golden Globe® award for "Best Actress in a Musical" for her role as Ensign Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific." Gaynor ventured into television in 1967 with the first of many specials, "The Mitzi Gaynor Christmas Show." Over the next 10 years, she continued to star in a number of television specials, blending song, dance and comedy with such guest stars as Bob Hope, George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette. The specials were honored with 18 Emmy® nominations and seven Emmy® awards, including the 2010 award for "Outstanding Entertainment/Program Special" for her PBS musical documentary, "Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years."
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