Bobbitt trains for boxing bout in LV


He's b-a-a-a-c-k!

John Wayne Bobbitt, who made headlines in the 1990s when his wife cut off his penis, has re-emerged in Summerlin in recent weeks.

Bobbitt had worked a number of odd jobs here and served as a minister at a local church in 1997. He has been in and out of jail on a variety of charges, from domestic abuse to grand larceny, and got married a couple of more times.

Bobbitt, 41, is training for a Nov. 15 celebrity boxing match in Philadelphia against Greg Smith, the barber who made news in May when he knocked out rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight during a street altercation in Hollywood.

Bobbitt was scheduled to fight Joey Buttafuoco in a televised celebrity match several years ago, but the event fell apart. Earlier this year, Bobbitt agreed to slug it out with former baseball star Jose Canseco, but the promoter switched to former NFL player and BYU standout Vai Sikahema, who pounded the beefier Canseco into carpaccio.

Bobbitt was maimed in 1993 in Manassas, Va., by his wife, Lorena Bobbitt, who drove away after the incident and threw the penis out the car window. It was later found and reattached.

Bobbitt later appeared in porn movies to pay for his mounting legal and medical bills.

TONY AND MARILYN

An excerpt from Tony Curtis' new book, "American Prince: A Memoir," is in Vanity Fair's November issue, and it's a sizzler.

The excerpt details the 1948 affair between Curtis and Marilyn Monroe and their steamy reunion 10 years later while shooting the classic, "Some Like It Hot."

Both were in their early 20s, on the brink of Hollywood breakthroughs, when they met while walking down a street at Universal Studios.

Curtis wasn't shy. He offered Monroe, then a redhead, a ride downtown in his green Buick convertible.

They hit it off and started dating. One day, Curtis asked his actor friend Howard Duff if he could take a date to Duff's Malibu bungalow.

After steaks and wine, well, you'll have to buy the book or Vanity Fair.

Curtis, who has lived in Anthem in Henderson since 2001 with his wife, Jill, sets the record straight on a famous comment he made about kissing Monroe during the filming of "Some Like It Hot."

After shooting a romantic scene in a yacht near the Hotel del Coronado outside San Diego, Curtis was hanging out with some crew members when someone asked him what it was like to kiss Hollywood's hottest sex symbol.

"Like kissing Hitler," he said, meaning it as a deadpan joke.

"So let me set the record straight once and for all," Curtis writes in the book. "I hated Hitler. As a Jewish kid in New York, I threw condom bombs on pro-Nazi parades. I loved Marilyn Monroe. And she was a terrific kisser."

THE SCENE AND HEARD

John Daly is returning to Las Vegas to play in next week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Tournament director Mark Gardner made it official the other day during a radio interview with Dennis Silvers' "The 19th Hole" on Fox Sports News KBAD-radio, 920 AM. The big-hitting Daly is having a horrible year on the PGA Tour, currently 229th in the standings. But he remains one of the most popular players after leading the Tour in longest drive average in 11 of 12 seasons, from 1991 to 2002. ... Gaetano Benza, 81, of North Las Vegas, won the third annual Maggiano's cooking contest with chicken breasts stuffed with eggplant and mozzarella and baked in tomato. The recipe came to him in a dream, he said, and the judges agreed: It was a dreamy dish. The judges were Kim Wagner, morning host at KVBC-TV, Channel 3; Anthony Crivello, who stars as the phantom in "Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular" and co-hosts "The Sicilians" on KBAD; Maggiano's executive chef John Psyk; and this writer.

SIGHTINGS

Mariah Carey, filming a music video at The Bank (Bellagio) on Sunday. She was the celebrity host at the club Saturday and dined with her husband, Nick Cannon, at Yellowtail (Bellagio) earlier. ... Nicky Hilton, celebrating her 25th birthday at Pure (Caesars Palace) on Saturday with boyfriend David Katzenberg, sister Paris and Paris' boyfriend, Benji Madden, of the rock group Good Charlotte, her parents, Rick and Kathy Hilton, and Jeff Beacher.

THE PUNCH LINE

"McCain again; do you remember where I parked the Straight Talk Express?" -- From David Letterman's "Top Ten Messages Left on Sarah Palin's Answering Machine."

Norm Clarke can be reached at 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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