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Strip Scribbles: Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa’s Hawaiian ceremony
Updated @10:10 p.m.
The Mirage headliner Terry Fator’s divorce became final Nov. 2, and less than 24 hours later, his girlfriend of 18 months, Taylor Makakoa, and he tied the knot with their mothers present and giving their blessings. This past Sunday, again with their mothers in attendance, Terry and Taylor made it official with a Hawaiian ceremony, and Vegas DeLuxe just received a photograph from the special day.Terry and Taylor wed at the Ko Olina Marriott in Ko Olina on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian wedding ceremony was presided by a Hawaiian minster, and a guitar player performed a Hawaiian song. A brunch with traditional Hawaiian foods was held for family yesterday.
Terry and Taylor spoke with Vegas DeLuxe last week, and we posted a story Friday afternoon shortly afterward. Terry said, “We simply couldn’t wait anymore. Obviously, we’d talked about it before, but Wednesday morning, I just said, “We’re now able to marry, so let’s just go get married, and so we dragged ourselves right down to the wedding chapel with our mothers. They are both very happy for us getting married. They approve and blessed us.”
Terry candidly admitted: “We are looking forward to having children together and building a family and future here in Las Vegas.”
*Producer David Saxe unveils the ambitious musical Liberace: Music & Memories starting today at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile. It’s the only “officially licensed” Liberace show in the world. One of the most incredible parts of the production is the 3-plus hours it takes to apply star Wayland Pickard’s makeup to make him look like the late great entertainer. The makeup that transforms him into Mr. Showmanship was designed by Academy Award-winning artist Kevin Haney.
David pointed out: “This is not a tribute show. It’s a full-out stage production complete with storyline. Now that it’s up and running, a portion of ticket sales and merchandise sales will support The Liberace Foundation’s scholarship fund.
Audiences who saw two sneak previews recently said Wayland tickles the ivories as well as Liberace did and brings to life the same sparkle and flare the legend had to make the connection with his audiences. He performs well-known classical music, Broadway hits and pop standards in the new entertainment spectacular. This is the third show now that Saxe has opened at his new theater.
*Caesars Palace headliner Cher received a Lifetime Achievement Award last night at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning superstar, in a red Zac Posen gown and whose residency at The Colosseum ends in February, was presented with the honor for her work with Kenyan orphans.
Also honored: Fergie, accompanied by actor husband Josh Duhamel, for her work with breast cancer research and AIDS awareness charities; Julia Roberts for her work promoting renewable energy, raising awareness for Rett syndrome and supporting Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps; and Donatella Versace for her support of a children’s charity in China and mentoring aspiring designers. Guests included Hilary Swank, Kelly Osbourne and Janet Jackson.
*Coveted tickets for superstar Garth Brooks just went up -- way up -- to the tune of $110 (to $253, from $143), and Las Vegas Sun reporter Amanda Finnegan has the details of hotel mogul Steve Wynn’s decision in her story posted this morning.
*Enrique Iglesias will be one busy singer after Thursday’s Latin Grammy Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The “I Like It” star is scheduled to attend parties at Artisan and LAX in the Luxor.
*Madame Tussauds at The Venetian is sponsoring its annual Vets Go Free promotion to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. All veterans who present their military ID at Madame Tussauds’ box office Thursday through Friday receive complimentary admission.
*Fernando Vargas -- professional boxer, boxing promoter, actor and entrepreneur -- will be honored by the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in the 50th star dedication ceremony Dec. 9. The event takes place at the Encore and is open to the public.
Dining at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms over the weekend: David Ortiz with eight friends, Javon Walker, Pete Rose and Marco Andretti with seven friends. Michael Phelps stopped by Marco’s table to say hello before going upstairs to Moon, where Junior Seau also partied. Rain resident DJ Paul Oakenfold dined at Nove Italiano in the Palms with six friends before his Perfecto. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Ron Hornaday, Todd Bodine and Timothy Peters signed autographs at The Sporting House Bar & Grill in New York-New York yesterday.
Professional poker player Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who placed 4th in the 2010 World Series of Poker at The Rio, hosts his celebration at Pure in Caesars Palace. Former Comedy Central host Allan Havey headlines at The Improv at Harrah’s with Gene Pompa and Gary Brightwell through Sunday.
Terry Fator has a special message as we mark Veterans Day, and he talks about his Wounded Warriors benefit show as American Airlines flies in injured troops for a weekend on the town. Plus, another celebrity couple exits Dancing With the Stars tonight, and we’ll have the recap and a new photo gallery.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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