Today, the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino celebrates its 75th anniversary. The famed resort opened on December 26th, 1946.
The Flamingo’s beginnings are most famously tied to mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. In the 1991 movie Bugsy, starring Warren Beatty as Mr. Siegel, the Flamingo’s development is one of the main storylines of the picture. The film was directed by past CYInterview guest Barry Levinsion [see here].
Mr. Levinson won the Academy Award for best director for the 1988 film Rain Man. That movie has some casino scenes in Las Vegas, with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman at Caesars Palace. Caesars Palace is located across the street from the Flamingo, on S. Las Vegas Boulevard, aka the Las Vegas Strip.
Happy Diamond Jubilee Flamingo! Here’s to 75 more.