Celebrate 60 outstanding years of the Riviera Hotel & Casino: Dolly Parton

Celebrate 60 outstanding years of the Riviera Hotel & Casino: Dolly PartonWith its doors closing to the public Monday, May 4, 2015, the renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino is counting down its final weeks with a look back at some of the highlights, fun facts, celebrity sightings and rarely-seen photos that have helped build the iconic stature of the Las Vegas Strip’s first high-rise hotel and casino.

Week three of #RivFacts celebrates country music superstar Dolly Parton, who signed a three-year deal with the renowned property in 1980, becoming the Las Vegas Strip’s highest-paid entertainer, at $350,000 per week. The line to purchase her tickets stretched throughout the property, wrapping the length of a football field from the Versailles Theatre through the casino and into the shopping corridors.

While Parton’s debut was postponed at the Riviera Hotel & Casino due to her filming commitments with “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” her show became a hit, and during her 1981 performances, she added a touch of royalty to the Versailles Theatre with a drawbridge and lavish castle set created by famed designer Bill Morris.