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Famous faces turn up in Las Vegas at this exhibition of portraits at the Bellagio

Visitors to the Strip can enjoy a new kind of people watching starting in March.

And there’s no need for a camera when the faces of some of the world’s most-famous celebrities show up inside the Bellagio Resort & Casino.

Muhammad Ali, Humphrey Bogart and Winston Churchill will be among the portraits featured when "Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the Twentieth Century" opens March 18 at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

The famous Churchill photo taken in 1941 launched Karsh's career as a portraitist.

The Armenian-born Karsh, who spent his working years in Canada, produced more than 50,000 photographs during his lifetime, capturing images of artists, athletes, authors, musicians, royals, scientists and statesmen.

Sixty of Karsh’s portraits, which hang in top museums, will be displayed through Sept. 5.

They include images of actress Brigitte Bardot, actor Humphrey Bogart, a young Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's longest reigning monarch), actress Audrey Hepburn, director Alfred Hitchcock, actress Grace Kelly and artist Pablo Picasso.

According to gallery director Tarissa Tiberti, Karsh believed that each person he photographed held a secret and that it was his job to reveal it.

The exhibit is being organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Karsh retired to Boston in 1997 and died in 2002.

The gallery is open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $18 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Children 12 and younger are free.

Admission includes an audio tour that reveals details about each portrait.

Info: Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, (702) 693-7871

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