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In Memoriam 2016: Those Who Left Their Mark on Las Vegas

Just a few of the many we lost this year

René Angélil
David Bowie
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Muriel Stevens
Risk One
Garry Shandling
Thalia Dondero
Florence Henderson
Muhammad Ali
Arnold Palmer
Nancy Reagan
Leonard Cohen
Alan Thicke
Doug Bell

If anyone invented “famous for being famous,” it was Zsa Zsa Gabor. Back in the 1950s, the Hungarian actress and socialite parlayed a pretty face, a pile of diamonds and a series of high-profile romances into a half century of headlines. She was married nine times, including to hotel mogul Conrad Hilton and Oscar-winning actor George Sanders. Zsa Zsa’s most scandalous romance was with international playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, who left millionaire heiress Barbara Hutton for her. The relationship finally ended after a fight in Las Vegas: Zsa Zsa held a press conference at the New Frontier, telling how a besotted “Rubi” had given her a black eye—hidden by a black velvet eye patch to coordinate with her leopard-print gown. In 1953, Zsa Zsa also headlined the Riviera with her sisters Eva and Magda in an act in which the three stood around in glittering gowns, exchanging bon mots about l’amour. She also went on to headline at the Flamingo and Vegas World. “Don’t expect me to sing, don’t expect me to do anything and then you’ll be happy,” she once said of her Vegas gigs. All she had to do was be famous.