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Join us! Liberace on the Riviera: Century of the Showman February 25, 2019

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Las Vegas Take Monte Carlo 16 May 2019, curing Monte Carlo Fashion Week, with Liberace on the Riviera!

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Liberace is turning 100!

Over six decades ago, Liberace became the first headlining residence act on the Las Vegas Strip, selling out the Clover Room at the Riviera Hotel night after night.

The residency act in Las Vegas continues to this day to be the model of Rod Stewart, Gwen Stefanie, Lady Gaga and many more.

The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas was themed for one of Liberace’s favorite locales, The Principality of Monaco.  It’s Monte Carlo Tower was the Strip’s crowning glory in those early glamorous days.  The Clover Room was named for the symbol of famed French author Louise de Vilmorin, who had just received the Prince Pierre of Monaco Literary award.

Sixty years after Liberace cut the ribbon to open the Riviera Hotel, his Foundation hosted the hotel’s last party.

Now, celebrating the Century of Liberace, one hundred parties may take place around the world, but…

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Las Vegas Shootings October 2, 2017

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Last night Las Vegas, Nevada suffered the deadliest mass shooting in American history.  As of this writing, at least 50 are dead and over 200 wounded.

The shooter was a local 64-year-old white male resident of Mesquite, Nevada.  He fired a fully automatic machine gun from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel into a crowd of thousands assembled for the Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip.  The shooter  was killed by police, who report that he acted alone and that international terrorism is not being considered as a motive.

The Consulate recommends those in the area utilize the Facebook Safe system to notify friends and family of your status.  If you are looking for a Monaco resident or citizen whom you suspect may have been in the vicinity, please contact Consul Warren at +1 702-714-0059 or jw@consul.cc.

We are devastated by this horrific event.  Our hearts break for all of the victims, as we too search for friends who were in attendance.

Line Renaud to again welcome Liberace to Paris March 30, 2017

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The Honorary Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas has the honor of hosting Line Renaud at the Paris Museum of Modern Art, for a celebration of the 98th birthday of Liberace, on the occasion of the opening of the tremendous exhibit entitled “Medusa: Jewelry and Taboo.” The exhibit spotlights the impact of jewelry on cultures throughout history and features the artifacts and influence of Liberace. Pianist/composer Chloe Flower will open the exhibit with a performance on the Liberace Crystal Piano, which will remain on exhibit at the Museum.

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RenaudDunes2 Line Renaud under the her name in lights at the Dunes

The undeniable influence of the Paris on the Las Vegas Strip involves several personalities, including John C. Fremont and Louise de Vilmorin. But it was another grand dame of the City of Light who wove her way into the very fabric of Las Vegas culture.

Frederic Apcar’s brilliant licensing of France’s Casino de Paris, and his production of that show at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, brought us arguably the most significant French personality to impact Las Vegas: Line Renaud.  This tremendously popular singer, actress and stage personality moved to Las Vegas to star in Casino de Paris in 1963.  She would return over the years, and was a key public figure at the opening of the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, which she represented in France as its Good will Ambassador.

Liberace and Line Renaud 1955 Line Renaud welcomes Liberace to Paris, France, 1955…

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Alexandra Leigh-Hunt, daughter of Consul Henry Leigh Hunt, passes December 14, 2015

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Madame Leigh-Hunt was the last surviving of three daughters of Huntridge and Las Vegas Strip developer Henry Leigh Hunt and famed French author Louise de Vilmorin.


“Alexandra Leigh-Hunt died peacefully in her sleep on December 2, 2015 in her home in Sag Harbor. Noted in equal measures for her elegance, the warmth of her hospitality and the conviction of her opinions, she was 85 years old and in failing health.

The middle of three daughters of Louise de Vilmorin, the noted French poet, and Henry Leigh-Hunt, an American entrepreneur and decorated veteran of the Battle of Belleau Wood, Ms. Leigh-Hunt was born on April 1, 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris. She bore the burden of April Fools with grace.” — see entire obituary

Henry Leigh Hunt with daughters Elena (standing) and Alexandra. circa 1930 | Alexandra Leigh-Hunt Collection

Henry Leigh Hunt with daughters Jessie (standing) and Alexandra. circa 1930 -Alexandra Leigh-Hunt Collection

Having won the Prince Pierre of Monaco Literary Award in 1955, Alexandra’s mother, Louise de Vilmorin, was invited to cover the 1956 wedding of  TTSSHH Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, in Monaco for Marie Claire Magazine.

She had recommended her former husband, globe trotting adventurer and Las Vegas property magnate Henry Leigh Hunt, to be Honorary Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas.  He had been appointed by Rainer III and confirmed by President Dwight Eisenhower in January, 1956, becoming the first Consul of Monaco and thereby opening the first consulate ever in Nevada.

Consul Jonathan Warren and Alexandra Leigh Hunt, Sag Harbor, Aug. 2013 | Consulate of Monaco Collection

Consul Jonathan Warren and Alexandra Leigh Hunt, Sag Harbor, Aug. 2013 Consulate of Monaco Collection

Alexandra was also the granddaughter of International empire builder Leigh S. J. Hunt, who first envisioned the Las Vegas Strip and attracted its first investors.

Consul Jonathan Warren was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have interviewed Ms. Leigh-Hunt, by her generous invitation in August of 2013, in Sag Harbor New York.  The interview provided critical information and photos which will be published in an article  in Las Vegas this spring.  A book will follow.

We at the Consulate were saddened to hear of the passing of Alexandra Leigh-Hunt.  Our condolences to the many family and friends mourning her loss and remembering her long and interesting life.

HSH Prince Albert II serves as Honorary Chair of One Drop event in Las Vegas March 25, 2013

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The Sovereign Prince of Monaco lent his influence to the cause of potable water and sanitation development Friday night.

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When Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté asked HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to be the Honorary Chairman of the One Night for One Drop event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Prince quickly agreed.  Consul Warren joined other attendees at the VIP cocktail reception at Hyde at Bellagio in viewing a special video greeting from His Serene Highness.

The participation of the Prince is more that simply a kind gesture for a friend.  The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation maintains water issues as a primary area of focus.  Mr. Laliberté and Prince Albert II have worked together on the matter much.

Las Vegas Monaco Private Label members Dr. and Mrs. Grover with Monaco resident Ross McBride and Consul Warren

Las Vegas Monaco Private Label friends Dr. and Mrs. Grover with Monaco resident Ross McBride and Consul Warren at the One Night for One Drop VIP Reception

One Night for One drop was a tremendous success.  The event drew thousands.  Many not only attended the show, but also the VIP Cocktail Reception at Hyde at Ballagio, and the after-party which ran until 1:00 a.m.  There the pool was covered with a transparent floor and tented, housing a luxurious venue for musical acts, sumptuous culinary delights and libations.

More on the work of One Drop and the Prince Albert II Foundation:

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