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Las Vegas street to be renamed in honor of Liberace

Entertainer Liberace is seated at his piano in his Beverly Hills home in California on June 17, 1961. Liberace's home is reported to have 28 rooms. (AP Photo)

Liberace is finally getting a street. The Las Vegas icon will be immortalized 35 years after his death with a renamed section of Karen Avenue.

Clark County officials voted unanimously on Wednesday to rename Karen between Maryland Parkway and Joe W. Brown Drive to Liberace Avenue.

The name change will be effective Wednesday, Dec. 14 and will happen in two phases. The first phase covers Maryland to Joe W. Brown, and an extension to Paradise Road is planned to be discussed at a later date.

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“It’s been 35 years since Liberace passed away,” said County Commissioner Tick Segerblom in a written statement to media. “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.”

The county said the name change could give an economic boost to Commercial Center.

Kristen DeSilva (she/her) is the online editor for Nevada Public Radio. She oversees and writes State of Nevada’s online and social media content.