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Las Vegas icon Liberace to get east valley street named after him

FILE: Liberace 1940s
FILE: Liberace 1940s
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A Las Vegas legend is finally getting a street named after him 35 years after his death.

The Clark County Planning Commission voted unanimously to rename Karen Avenue between heavily trafficked Maryland Parkway and Joe W. Brown Drive to Liberace Avenue in honor of the famed performer.

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The name will be officially changed on Wednesday, December 14, with the process occurring in two phases.

Phase one will cover the area between Maryland and Joe W. Brown, while phase two is planned to be brought forward later but may lead to an extension from Joe W. Brown Drive to Paradise Road.

The initiate for the name change came about during the board's September 7th meeting.

"It's been 35 years since Liberace passed away," noted County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, in whose district the street is located.

"This recognition is long past due. Liberace was an incredible pianist and a spectacular showman. He ruled the Las Vegas Strip for four-plus decades and, at the height of his fame, was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. His impact on Las Vegas and the entertainment industry generally is unquestionable, and this is just one small way to acknowledge his contributions."

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Liberace died back in 1987 and was once the highest-paid entertainer in the world, establishing popular residencies in Las Vegas.

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