Wayne Newton Reportedly Reveals the Greatest Life Lesson He Learned from Lucille Ball
The only one who can truly be called Mr. Las Vegas has recently shared that he learned valuable lessons from great stars during his entire career.
77year-old Wayne Newton began his career in the entertainment industry at a very young age; he was 15 years old when he started singing in Las Vegas and since he needed permission to work or do anything until 21, he was cared for by other adults that kept him from getting into trouble.
Surprisingly, Newton said that one of those people who took care of him and gave him one of the best pieces of advice for his career was the unforgettable Lucille Ball, from "The Lucy Show," back at the time when he landed a guest role in the series.
As Newton was about to sign the contract papers, he received a call from Lucille asking him to meet her husband the next day. The actress told him that she had not been able to sleep because of something that worried her.
Once they were together at the meeting, Ball warned Newton about the risks of being pigeonholed in one role at such a young age, something that in her opinion would have ended up ruining his career forever.
She asked him to reject the role and not sign the contract with her and her husband's production company Desilu, as CBS wanted it, unless he wanted to be typecast as a silly, hillbilly singer and didn’t mind that he had to play versions of the same role for the rest of his life.
It was truly meaningful to him, Ball being the big star that she was, she proved to care for a young man who was just beginning his career as Newton.
Wayne Newton started singing in Vegas as a teenager 60 years ago.— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 17, 2019
Now he’s crooning at an intimate show at Caesar’s Palace. https://t.co/DZChFFnVBq
Unless he wanted to be typecast as a silly hillbilly singer and didn´t mind that he had to play the same role for the rest of his life.
It was really meaningful to him Ball being that Ball being the big star that she was, she proved to care for a young man who was just beginning his career as Newton.
Just like that big lesson, Newton shared about other great times when he had the opportunity to learn from those who gave him their friendship over the years: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and others.
One of those pieces of advice was to always be disciplined. In this regard, Newton considers his greatest triumph to had left the “City of Sin” without getting into any trouble, even if he claims that it was relatively easy.
Entertainer Wayne Newton tells a jury he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars at his family's home a year ago. https://t.co/y1EwsbK6gh— The Associated Press (@AP) June 19, 2019
Another priceless advice was that he had to treat each show as if it was the last one in his life. Certainly, one day it will be the last and it is better to be prevented.
However, Newton confirms that his greatest triumph is to leave without getting into trouble in the "City of Sin", which he claims to have been relatively easy.
There is a no lesser triumph that Newton is also very proud of: his 25 years of marriage with his dear wife Kathleen. Even to this day, they are the best of friends and they love each other truly and deeply.
The secret to a happy marriage sums it up in that they haven't had big fights in all these years which he credits to having married a very smart girl.
In their first big discussion, Wayne said she simply told him that they agreed to disagree, that she wasn't going to convince him and neither was he, so it all ended in peace.
Newton is the father of two beautiful children. He welcomed his first child, Erin, in July 1976. The actor shares Erin with his first wife, Elaine Okamura. The couple split in 1985, citing irreconcilable differences in their divorce papers.
The singer was blessed with another beautiful daughter in 2002 when Lauren was born. Newton shares Lauren with his second wife, Kathleen McCrone. The couple married in 1994.