Thirty years, one list: Frank Marino celebrates his queendom on the Strip


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Las Vegas headliner Frank Marino waits to meet with his plastic surgeon regarding the recovery of his recent procedure Dec. 10, 2013.Launch slideshow “

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Las Vegas headliner Frank Marino returns to “Divas La Vegas” as Joan Rivers at the Quad in his launching efficiency Jan. 20, 2014, after undergoing his newest cosmetic surgery.

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Longtime Strip headliner Frank Marino of “Divas La Vegas” at the Linq is shown with Diana Ross at the Colosseum in November 2010.

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Frank Marino, Greg London

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Frank Marino of “Divas Las Vegas” at Imperial Palace talks of his long history on the Strip, initially at the Riviera, where he hosted “An Evening at La Cage” for 25 years. He broaches the current version of that program and his newest men-in-drag show at IP. Also, Las Vegas Hilton Shimmer Cabaret comic/impressionist/vocalist Greg London talks of how he made it to Las Vegas from London by way of Reno.

Frank Marino has actually exceeded the age of 50, 25,000 shows and, finally, Three Decade as an unbroken star of a program on the Las Vegas Strip.

Nobody has done this, ever.

Marino today is the star of “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” at Linq Showroom, having logged 30 years between that show and, for almost 25 years, as the frontman for “A Night at La Cage” at the Riviera in the days when the Riv was actually a high-level hotel on the Strip.

The 30th anniversary was commemorated with a VIP celebration at Caesars Palace on Friday night; the anniversary program is to be carried out tonight.

At the 30-year mark, we commemorate All Things Marino with this list of 30 things to know about the terrific drag queen. Follow along …

30: Has actually never played an organized sport.

29: Says he has a five-year window delegated to represent Joan Rivers since “innovation is so common today that fame does not last nearly as long as it made use of to.”

28: Gotten a 5-carat, white-and-black diamond ring with a white-gold band customized designed by Mordechai of the Jewelers of Las Vegas when his partner, Alex Schechter, proposed to Marino onstage at the Quad Display room (now the Linq Display room) in July 2013.

27: Plans to expand the “Divas” brand with his shows in Reno and Laughlin and “keep it going till it stops going.”

26: Prefers creamy to chunky peanut butter.

25: Keeps in shape with regular visits to David Barton Fitness center in Tivoli Village.

24: Makes use of 200 wigs in his show, rotating them in and out “depending upon what state of mind I’m in.”

23: Shares a birthday (Nov. 20) with Robert Kennedy, Joe Biden, Joel McHale and Dierks Bentley.

23: States his favorite meal is “Mother’s lasagna.”

22: Modifications outfits 17 times in a single performance.

21: Can alter phase attire, “Top to bottom, wig, shoes, earrings, costume, everything,” in 2 1/2 minutes.

20: Once joked that he should change the title of his show to “Cirque du So Gay.”

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Joan Rivers and Frank Marino are shown throughout an episode of “Fashion Cops” in 2013.

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Joan Rivers and Frank Marino satisfy for the very first time at Rivers’ show in Atlantic City in 1983.

19: Has actually attempted to integrate Adele and Donna Summer into “Divas,” however both characterizations bombed.

18: Says, “I am constantly trying to find the next hot mess,” to include as a character.

17: Has reached a deal with Bravo to transmit a reality-TV series based upon the wedding, which he wishes to hold at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

16: Surpassed 25,000 efficiencies on the Strip in Might 2014.

15: Is proud that 3 characters who opened the “La Cage” production at the Riviera are still in the program: Rivers, Cher and Diana Ross.

14: Called in ill to a show in Laughlin in November 2012 so that he could meet Ross, his all-time preferred entertainer, after she performed at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. He was busted when images of Miss Ross and him appeared in social networks.

13: Has seen Ross perform “more than 100 times, easily, possibly hundreds” in 40 years.

12: Is typically funnier offstage than onstage when he doesn’t make use of a script.

11: Has been a guest on “a minimum of 50” reality-TV reveals over the years, including “Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Toddlers & & Tiaras,” Tank” and “Plastic Surgery Before and After.”

10: Has filmed 15 reality-TV show pilots.

9: Says that his post-“Divas” career would fixate a reality-TV show. “My life is so messed up, people will believe it’s scripted, but it isn’t really.”

8: States of his downstairs dressing room, far eliminated from Linq Display room, “It’s a 15-minute cab trip if you make all the lights.”

7: The TELEVISION program that triggered the $5 million suit filed by Rivers against Marino was “Milton Berle Delights in a Night at La Cage.” Marino and Rivers settled and became pals, as he noted, “I aimed to pay her the whole $5 million but was $80 short.”

6: Has never ever had a “real” task aside from fronting “La Cage” and, today, “Divas.”

5: When provided cash and offered support to his onetime competitor, the late drag legend Kenny Kerr of the Strip production “Boy-Lesque.”

4: Is lucky that his mother, Mary Mastrangelo, states she can not believe of even one negative enjoyable truth about her child.

3: Was adopted at birth and discovered Mary, his birth mother, about 25 years back. He said his first words to her were, “So that’s where I got my nose.”

2: Has actually explained himself as a gay Republican and says he understands another gay Republican.

1: He has no remorses in his career, stating, “If I didn’t do everything I did do, I would not be where I am now. There are some people I would like to get rid of, but everything I have actually done, I would do once again.”


With its glass, star-lit outside, visitors cannot miss out on the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the very first skyscraper to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Leading costs imitates Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (closed in 2006) have enhanced its showrooms with time.

The Riviera still offers its share of home entertainment choices with topless revue “Crazy Girls,” a funny club and “Impressions,” starring Jan Rouven.

The 100,000-square foot gambling establishment has been showcased in many movies like “Casino,” “Austin Powers” and “21.” Although the hotel has actually passed through a long list of owners throughout the years it has actually constantly hung on to it’s distinct style (for Las Vegas) because it lacks any particular theme. It also features a William Hillside Race & & Sports Book walk-up wagering window right off the walkway on the Strip.

The Riviera has dining choices well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner fare at Banana Leaf Café to a global cuisine at the R Buffet.

2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

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