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23 Things We Learned From “Showgirl Next Door”

Last updated: June 13, 2011 at 10:14 am. Posted by in Caesars Palace, Celebrities, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Shows, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on 23 Things We Learned From “Showgirl Next Door”.

We just finished reading “The Showgirl Next Door: Holly Madison’s Las Vegas,” and we’re pleased to report it’s a conversational, enlightening (no, really), candid, sassy, sexy, sweeping read! Say that five times fast.

The winsome star of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood and reality TV hit, “Holly’s World,” covers a lot of ground in her book, including extensive, thoughtfully-researched sections about the history and culture of the world’s most exciting city.

Holly Madison will appear at a book signing at Sugar Factory inside Paris Las Vegas on Jun. 11, noon to 2:00 p.m., and will host a book release party at Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood that same night.

Holly Madison

Holly and her friends from "Jubilee!" hit the red carpet at Sugar Factory.

In honor of the release of her book, we’ve culled 23 things we learned from “The Showgirl Next Door: Holly Madison’s Las Vegas.” Yes, this blog reads books. Well, “book.” Not just any book, of course. Holly’s book! Let’s move on, shall we?

1. Holly’s “favorite Vegas character” is Mayor Oscar Goodman. She dedicated the book to him.

2. She first visited Vegas in 2001, when she was 21. Her first meal in Vegas was at VooDoo Steak & Lounge inside Rio Las Vegas. Read our post about VooDoo Steak.

Las Vegas

This is the view from VooDoo. Which has a nice ring to it, actually.

3. In 1938, Fletcher Bowron was elected mayor in Los Angeles, and gaming establishments on the Sunset Strip were shut down. Gaming operators migrated to Las Vegas, a major turning point in the city’s history.

4. The “Strip” in Las Vegas is named after the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. (See also #3.)

5. The World’s Largest Thermometer in Baker, on the drive between L.A. and Vegas, is 134 feet tall.

6. The first “buildings” in Las Vegas, including the first hotel and hospital, were actually just large tents.

7. The Flamingo is the oldest existing resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Holly Madison

Hanging out at the aforementioned Flamingo. Yes, this blog has a robust collection of photos it's taken of Holly.

8. It was the now-demolished Stardust’s famous sign that launched the trend of using neon in signs on the Strip.

9. The Moulin Rouge was the first racially integrated hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

10. The name “Rat Pack” for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop was given to them by Lauren Bacall. (It originally referred to Humphrey Bogart, Bacall’s husband, and his friends.) Read more.

11. Between 1969 and 1977, Elvis performed 837 sold-out shows in Las Vegas.

12. At the time it was built, in 1998, the Bellagio was the most expensive hotel ever built.

13. Most casinos don’t put a price on their high-roller suites because they don’t rent them by the night. They’re reserved for the “whales” or other VIPs.

14. Holly considers the five-bedroom, six-bath, 4,300-square-foot Napoleon Suite at Paris Las Vegas the most beautiful on the Strip. Take an exclusive peek.

Napoleon suite

Even the tubs have spectacular views in the Napoleon suites at Paris.

15. The Verone Suite at the Hilton, where Elvis stayed in the 1970s, is considered the largest in Vegas at 15,000-square feet.

16. Holly’s reality show (“Holly’s World”) co-star, Angel Porrino, was born and raised in Las Vegas. She’s currently a featured performer in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.

17. Holly’s favorite hotel in Vegas is Paris Las Vegas because of its romantic French theme.

Holly Madison

Holly gives us an exclusive, our-legs-just-went-numb photo in honor of Beaujolais Nouveau at Paris Vegas.

18. “Stripper planes,” Friday night flights from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California to Las Vegas, consisting mostly of exotic dancers, are not an urban myth. Dancing is so lucrative, many performers make the weekly commute to Vegas to ply their trade.

19. Her favorite restaurant in all of Vegas is The Peppermill, her favorite lunch spot is Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Vegas and her favorite buffet is Le Village Buffet, also at Paris. Strip House at Planet Hollywood is the steakhouse she believes has the “sexiest atmosphere.”

Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, one of the best people-watching spots on the Strip.

20. A brunette named Lisa Melford was the first nude showgirl on the Las Vegas Strip. The first show to integrate toplessness on the Strip was “Minsky’s Follies” at The Dunes (1957).

21. Holly’s favorite place to grab a drink on Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas, is La Bayou. Another thing this blog has in common with Holly! She recommends a combination of Jungle Juice and Pina Colada flavors. This blog votes for old-school strawberry.

22. The preferred drink of Holly Madison: Vodka and water with ice and lemon.

23. Holly has made guest appearances on “General Hospital” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Read our exclusive interview with the book’s designer. You can get “The Showgirl Next Door” on Amazon or at Holly’s online store.

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