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Meeting Wayne Newton

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 27th September 2004 1:17am
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BACKSTAGE IN NEWTON'S sizable Vegas dressing room, which features a minibar and a leather couch, Newton is larger than life, literally. At well over 6 feet tall, the 62-year-old entertainer is intimidating -- especially for those accustomed to seeing him at television scale -- until he flashes the cheeky, youthful Newton grin.

Newton performs two shows, six nights a week, which he compares to falling off a log in light of other schedules he has kept. "There was one stretch I did, when I was working for Mr. (Howard) Hughes, that we did 36 weeks without a day off, two shows a night, seven nights a week," he said.

In spite of the rigorous schedule, he makes it a point to spend his one day off at home at his 52-acre ranch with his family: wife Kathleen and their 2-year-old daughter, Lauren Ashley. The ranch, Casa de Shenandoah, is also home to an arkful of animals and has been featured on the Travel Channel and VH-1.



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