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June 19, 2018

Q+A: Bombshell Angelica Bridges talks ‘Hollywood Bombshells’ at Planet Hollywood

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Angelica Bridges stars in “Hollywood Bombshells” at Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood.

Redhead and former “Baywatch” beauty Angelica Bridges, who has just landed the role of Poison Ivy in the new TV series “Batgirl Rises,” admits that she was a rookie when she first came to the Strip to host the topless show “Fantasy” at the Luxor.

“Now I have more wisdom and experience. I only had two weeks to prepare for ‘Fantasy.’ It was an amazing experience, but I was a rookie. Now I’ve graduated more as a woman,” she told me as we talked about her new show “Hollywood Bombshells” opening Dec. 11 at Planet Hollywood’s Sin City Theater.

I had to ask if she thought of herself as a bombshell. “It’s not just a physical thing. It’s a woman who knows what she wants — a fiery multi-tasker,” she replied. “Somebody who is substantial, not just pretty.

“It’s not just the looks and the curves. It’s a woman who can be smart, funny and comes with wit, brains and intelligence — so I do think of myself as one.”

Angelica will work with comedienne Kathleen Dunbar as her mother in the show, plus eight hot dancers. Rehearsals start in a week, and Angelica is training for her own aerial choreography.

“In terms of glamorous bombshells from past movies, you think of Raquel Welch in ‘One Billion B.C.’ or Jane Fonda in ‘Barbarella,’ ” she continued. “Today it’s more about Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and Madonna.

“But I’m going to bring them to life. The movie of Raquel comes to life, and you’ll see me in that Stone Age costume. Funny enough, 10 years ago I shot a magazine spread as Raquel in that very outfit.

“We have the bombshell icons from the ’30s right up to today, from Marilyn Monroe onward. And who better than me to replicate the sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit? Wasn’t she the ultimate redheaded sex goddess?

“I don’t quite have her curves. She was made for men to desire, and I want to bring that to life. She was a bombshell fantasy, and I will take that up to another level. I’ll even sing the ‘Roger Rabbit’ song.”

Angelica headlined at “Fantasy” from February to July 2010.

“ ‘Hollywood Bombshells’ is a much bigger role for me than ‘Fantasy.’ I’m singing and dancing this time. It’s amazing coming back to Las Vegas. This is my town. I loved it before and missed it, its energy and the people. So returning for a new show is a total joy.”

Angelica also is excited about her role as Poison Ivy in Universal TV’s new series “Batgirl Rises.” In “Batman & Robin,” it was Uma Thurman who played Poison Ivy.

“We’ve worked it out so that on my two free days a week in Las Vegas, I’ll fly to Los Angeles to shoot my scenes and then fly back,” she explained. Angelica’s credits also include Red Sonja in “Conan the Adventurer” and Sugar Jones in “Veronica Mars.”

While singing at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., Angelica was discovered by the president of Elite Model Management. She became the lead singer of the pop group Strawberry Blonde. Standing 5’ 8 ½” and measuring 35-24-35, Angelica played the role of Lt. Taylor Walsh on “Baywatch” in 1997 and 1998 and reprised the role in 2003’s “Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding.”

The actress, model and singer from Missouri was Playboy’s cover girl and center spread in November 2001. Twice she was named to FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list (1998 and 2003).

Solely in the interests of reporter research, I had to ask if the new production would be a topless challenger to the Strip scene.

“It will be even sexier,” said Angelica. “It’s not topless but what we call partial nudity. We’ve got the fishnet thigh-highs and the see-through blouses. You will easily see what it takes to be a bombshell without it all being right smack in your face. What’s left to the imagination is even sexier!

“It’s a physical show, and the dancers are spectacular. Guys will love it, and their women will enjoy it and learn how to be a bombshell in their own right. There’s a little bomb in every woman just waiting to go off, and this will set the fuse alight.

“It’s a unique show with lots of differences from what’s been on the Strip. It’s very exciting, and I can’t wait to get started. We’re going to bring back all the excitement of bombshell glamour.

“We’ll go beyond just a 10! Our mission is take your breath away and rekindle that love affair you had with your very own first Hollywood bombshell. That’s something you never forget, and our show will be the same.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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