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" Look for Frank Marino starring opposite Sandra Bullock
in Miss Congeniality 2 opens March 25, 2005 "
"Frank honored with second star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame"
Super Star Female Impersonator, Frank Marino
Backstage at "An Evening at La Cage" the call goes out, "one minute 'till show time". Beneath a red sign stands a thirty-six year old Frank Marino. Touching him are the darting hands of a hairdresser and makeup man who are making their final adjustments.
The announcement starts, "please welcome the star of our show Frank Marino." He enters wearing a yellow Bob Mackie gown, along with a black fur boa around his arm, which was so large he could have endangered an entire species. He sings and dances to "I'm one of the boys who's one of the girls" from the Broadway musical Woman of the Year. While the audience continues to cheer, Frank does a ten second change behind a french curtain and reenters looking like a porcelain version of Joan Rivers to the ever popular "Anchors Away".
You can say that Marino is definitely an entertainer who knows how to make an entrance. A swell of music, a swirl of color and the audience can feel his presence.
Wardrobe is most essential in Marino's act. He changes about twenty times during the hour and a half production. His closet consists of over two thousand costumes, which range from one to five thousand dollars a piece. Marino has a wardrobe coordinator, Mitch Glad, who maintains the costumes and assists Marino in his many quick-as-lightning changes.
From the moment he steps on stage you realize that there is no other entertainer like Frank Marino. It's not just his campy voice, his smoothly electric performance, or even his impeccable selection of clever comedy material. It's his energy, which of course is the key to putting on any show. And in the case of Frank Marino, Niagara Falls could take lessons.
Most of Frank Marino's popularity came about after he was served a five million dollar lawsuit from the lady of comedy herself "Joan Rivers" for his impression of her being maybe too good. This brought him national press and attention that landed him on the cover of the National Enquirer, featuring stories in People Magazine, USA Today, Variety and ten Show Biz Magazine covers. Along with all that he was featured on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, David Letterman, and a television special with the father of TV, Milton Berle, not to mention his many sitcom and motion picture cameo appearances.
After the dust settled Frank became better friends with Joan than ever and not only became a regular guest on her TV talk show but a spokesperson for her new Gossip,Gossip,Gossip show. He's also been seen on 27 commercials selling everything from shoes to cars for GMF Motors.
Change is a major factor in Frank Marino's success. Whenever Joan changes her look, Frank is quick to pick up on it. He starts the show with the straight hair style Joan wears and then progresses into the showier more flamboyant Rivers. But more than just hair and makeup Frank has had nine cosmetic surgery operations to look like Joan Rivers, from a nose job to cheek and chin implants. Frank admits spending between $50,000 to $100,000 on alterations. His motto is no pain, no gain. This has caused so much controversy that Frank has done over thirty-three national TV talk shows and hundreds of radio spots this year alone. Along with an episode of Baywatch in which he convinces David Hasselhoff to also get in drag.
When Marino enters he has a natural elegance of movement. He has style, class and seems to know exactly what he is doing on stage. As a performer, Marino constantly strives to give his audience more than they expect. Whether it's a dialogue, a nostalgic memory, or a chat with someone in the crowd. The warmth and chemistry that flows between him and his audience is indescribable. Frank Marino is so well liked by his audiences that this year Entertainment Today Magazine named him the Best Female Impersonator in Las Vegas. This is because he takes total pride in his career. The expression is "Show Business". That last word is no accident, he is definitely a businessman. It's because he is such a good businessman that he has just signed a ten year ten million dollar contract with the Riviera Hotel. That will probably make him the highest paid female impersonator in the world.
Along with all of this, Frank oversees a network of recording, film, and entertainment concerns as president of Frank Marino Enterprises. In addition to his regular projects like his annual calendar through Landmark where a portion of the proceeds are donated to AMFAR for AIDS research, just one of Franks many charity involvement's, Frank Marino Enterprises has created many unique and original products.
Frank Marino became the first Vegas headliner to travel on the information highway with the creation of the Frank Marino website. This 20 page website features information on Frank Marino and La Cage along with never before seen photos, a home shopping page, and gives fans the opportunity to ask questions and receive personal replies
The website address is www.frankmarino.com
Earlier this year, Frank Marino recorded a nationally distributed comedy CD entitled "Live from Las Vegas." Marino, already known as the Queen of the Strip, headlines the show with some of America's hottest comedians.
His latest project to hit the stands is the newly released compilation video entitled "Bold, Blond, & Beautiful."This video not only takes you through the Frank's career with many of the celebrity guests but also includes a never before released Las Vegas live performance.
During his already overwhelming schedule, Frank Marino took time to pen his autobiography entitled "His Majesty, the Queen." This 288 page book tells Marino's life story and includes makeup tips and beauty secrets, fashion advise, and exercise tips on how to keep that "girlish figure," making this not only an autobiography but a how-to-manual as well.
Although Frank has a lot of business activities, it will always be comedy that's his source of energy. He says. "There is no place as exciting for me as to be on a stage performing for a live audience".
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