Priscilla testy over redhead in 'Viva'

When Priscilla Presley was brought in recently to offer her perspective on Cirque du Soleil's nearly completed version of "Viva Elvis," one of the scenes struck a nerve.

At least Priscilla was more diplomatic than Yoko Ono, I hear.

Priscilla's problem was the presence of a redhead in a dance scene with a "Viva Elvis" cast member.

According to the source, Priscilla pointedly wanted to know if the redheaded performer was supposed to be representing Ann-Margret, who hit it off with Elvis when they co-starred in "Viva Las Vegas."

Apparently, all these years later, Ann-Margret continues to be a sensitive subject with Priscilla.

The Swedish hottie, according to various reports, had a long-running affair with Elvis after he was married to Priscilla.

The redhead was removed from the scene. In an odd twist, Priscilla has dyed her hair red.

Ono, John Lennon's widow, was furious when she saw a preview of "Love" before it opened at The Mirage in June 2006. In the making of the "Love" documentary "All Together Now," she made it clear she was unhappy with the interpretation of "Come Together," saying it was too overtly sexual when it was supposed to be about world peace.

By the way, those "Viva Elvis" video clips of Elvis and Ann-Margret riding motorbikes in "Viva Las Vegas" were shot on what is now a lot on the east side of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Some Bellagio guests will head back home with quite a story: Who's going to believe you went to Las Vegas and pumped iron with the president of the United States?

President Barack Obama arrived at the Bellagio gym about 7 a.m. Friday with his security team.

It's common practice for the Secret Service to clear out a gym.

When that option was presented "the president would have none of it," said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage.

"That's a totally cool guy," said Murren, who was working out nearby.


On the "Viva Elvis" blue carpet (Aria at CityCenter) Friday at the VIP opening: Regis and Joy Philbin, Priscilla Presley, with her son Navarone Garibaldi , Ryan Seacrest, Sammy Shore (wearing the same suit he wore the night he opened for Elvis' debut at The International, now the Hilton), celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (wearing a Criss Angel T-shirt), Angel, Wynonna Judd, Chris Noth, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed and Andrew Dice Clay. ... Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, having a 10 p.m. dinner with members of the traveling press corps at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill (Caesars Palace) on Thursday night. Gibbs, a fan of Flay's, met him at the White House last year. ... Sacramento Kings star rookie Tyreke Evans, amid the big-money crowd that paid $30,000 to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday at George Maloof's home in Spanish Trail. ... Legendary crooner Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan, dining at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare (Wynn) on Thursday. ...


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