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A final night at Vegas' Riviera, and a grand goodbye for a grand old dame

A final night at Vegas' Riviera, and a grand goodbye for a grand old dame

Along the bejeweled gambling strip, casinos have always been a model’s runway of sorts, each newcomer sleeker and more glamorous than the last. But pity those growing old in this place with a neurosis for reinvention. Start showing your age – a sag here or there, a few crow’s feet around the eyes – and in comes the wrecking ball, the dynamite and the inevitable implosion. So it will be for one of the oldest dames of the bunch, the Riviera, which just turned 60. This once-top-strutting casino opened on April 20, 1955, with Joan Crawford as master of ceremonies and Liberace making an unthinkable $50,000 a week. ---------- FOR THE RECORD April 28, 6 p.m.: An...

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