Victor Drai
Nightclub Owner
Victor Drai
Victor Drai is a Las Vegas, Nevada nightclub owner and former movie producer. Drai helped design and develop XS and Tryst nightclubs, and was a co-owner of both establishments. He currently operates Drai’s AfterHours nightclub at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall hotel-casino in Las Vegas, NV and Drai’s Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. Drai produced several hit movies, including “The Woman in Red” – the 1984 romantic comedy starring Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, Gilda Radner and Charles Grodin.
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Hutchinson - A Fabulous Indonesian Steak House on La Cienega!
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
all photos by Jay or Hutchinson It's all booths inside this exotic steak emporium One of my new favorite Los Angeles restaurant, a traditional steakhouse with Indonesian touches, HUTCHINSON COCKTAILS & GRILL (826 N. La Cienega Blvd., 310-360-0884) is two blocks below Santa Monica Blvd. where The Spanish Kitchen used to be (and once was the location of Alan Hale's The Lobster Barrel, he was the skipper on Gilligan's Island). This is certainly one of the best steak houses in the city, with the added advantage of serving delicious dishes from Southeast Asia. How did the Hutchinsons come to Indonesia? The two owners, Ian and Justin Hopper, will be happy to stop by your table to tell you the story of how their Iowa family came to California a century ago to farm. Their grandfather Richard Hutchinson Hopper graduates from Caltech with a degree in geology and went to Sumatra, Indonesia, to search for fossil fuels - oil - and was there when the ...
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Designing Woman Loree Rodkin
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Photos courtesy of Gabriel Machado, from the studio Machado Cicala Morassut in Argentina. Maybe Candace Bushnell could write a more adventurous femme du monde then Loree Rodkin, designer of her own eponymous line of precious jewelry, eyewear, fragrance, couture and home scents. Her unique journey to her own design luxury empire began with a lucrative chance commission as an interior designer launched by her first client real estate tycoon, Victor Drai, followed by interiors for Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Bernie Taupin and Alice Cooper. Her lover, ballet dancer turned actor, Alexsandr Godunov, led her transition into a career as a successful talent manager for superstars to be Brad Pitt, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr. and Virginia Madsen. In 1988, a hobby evolved into a passion for modern, hip, edgy jewelry design, inspiring her to produce her signature pieces: Goth bondage rings, briolette-studded bracelets, multi hoop earrings, necklaces of Medieval crosses and daggers, an ...
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"The Church Key" Restaurant - American Dim Sum!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Whoever said that there was nothing new under the sun in the restaurant business (maybe it was me) was wrong. Last night I had dinner at a stunning new restaurant unlike any I have ever experience. And I had a delightful, fun time while doing it...it was different but satisfying on many levels. It's name is THE CHURCH KEY, and it is located in the Sunset Tower office building at 8730 Sunset Boulevard, (310) 424-249-3700, just a few feet west of the old Le Dome/BLT location where Victor Drai will soon be opening his Rare Steak House. This Sunset Plaza strip is becoming a hot place for new eateries, with The Strand just opened down the avenue and my personal standbye, Le Petit Four, forging ahead after the death of its sorely-missed co-owner, Robert Bigonnet. But The Church Key is a whole different kettle of fish....a kind of new conception of an age-old format. But first to the name. Do you know what a church key is? Admittedly, I didn't until I looked it up on Google and found th ...
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Steven Seagal's Ex-Wife Opens Up
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Former model Kelly LeBrock, who starred in the '80s hit movies "The Woman In Red" and "Weird Science," recently opened up about how her divorce from action star Steven Seagal left her reeling and caused her to retreat from Hollywood. LeBrock spoke to The Daily Mail about her 1996 divorce and why it prompted her to move out of the spotlight and seek solace in Santa Barbara, Calif. "I admit, I became a hermit," LeBrock said. "When I split with Steven, the divorce was very ugly, and details of the case were on the evening news. I didn't want my kids seeing it, so I simply got rid of the TV. I moved my kids out of LA so they could grow up with real people -- the kids of gas pump attendants, plumbers, and real family people." And although she had once made her living off of her looks, LeBrock said the divorce left her without any self esteem. "I feared everything and didn’t want to leave the house," she said. "I had absolutely no self-esteem. I hated myself." LeBrock ...
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Donald Trump in town for exploration speech, Steve Wynn's wedding - Las Vegas Weekly (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Victor Drai, Melania Trump and Donald Trump at XS in the Encore on May 16, 2010. His claims of success about the birther issue prompted tweets through the night from his fans and detractors, including Cher and Bill. Donald says he will announce his
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HOLIDAY FILMS: ADAPTATIONS; 'Remade in America': A Label to Avoid
NYTimes - over 15 years
WHEN we last encountered César (Eduardo Noriega) -- the handsome, then nightmarishly disfigured, then surgically restored protagonist of the sexy 1997 Spanish psychological puzzler ''Open Your Eyes'' (''Abre los Ojos'') -- he was either dead, dreaming or about to awaken from a virtual-reality coma in which his true love, played by that sultry
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Eat Well. Drink Lots. Expense It.
NYTimes - almost 19 years
When a restaurateur daydreams, what does he imagine? ''I used to tease Wolf that if I dressed up as a baby carrot, he'd pay more attention to me,'' says Barbara Lazaroff, who is the wife and business partner of Wolfgang Puck. ''I would joke with him in bed: 'What are you thinking of now? A new chicken recipe?''' As alluring as a new chicken recipe
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Breaking Bread With Stars
NYTimes - over 21 years
THIS is the first time I've come to Los Angeles for the sole purpose of staking out the stars, and it changes everything. Upon arrival at the airport, I'm easily talked out of my sensible, hard-top sedan and into something a bit more, well, Hollywood. "Waste a beautiful day like this?" The rental agent asks the rhetorical question. "Put the top
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Doing for, and Doing Away With, Parents
NYTimes - almost 25 years
Tom Selleck gets hurt a lot in "Folks," possibly more than might have been intended. Among the many painful pratfalls this actor must endure in the role of Jon Aldrich, a Chicago stockbroker suddenly trying to cope with his aging parents, is one bad fall that costs him a toe and a testicle. It's not easy to fathom how Mr. Selleck or any other actor
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At the Movies
NYTimes - over 25 years
Robert Klane's 'Folks' One day, not long after his screenplay for "Weekend at Bernie's" had been transformed into a zany 1989 comedy, Robert Klane went to lunch with its producer, Victor Drai, and its director, Ted Kotcheff. Mr. Klane likes to write novels as well as screenplays. In fact, it was his novel "Where's Poppa?" that took him from New
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Review/Film; Spoofing Hamptons Life With a Mobster Murder
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Ted Kotcheff's dark little farce, ''Weekend at Bernie's,'' recycles a comic motif - the inconveniently placed corpse - that even Alfred Hitchcock had difficulty sustaining for a whole movie in ''The Trouble With Harry.'' Ted Kotcheff's dark little farce, ''Weekend at Bernie's,'' recycles a comic motif - the inconveniently placed corpse - that
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SCREEN: 'THE BRIDE'
NYTimes - over 31 years
''THE BRIDE,'' a very loose, freewheeling remake of ''The Bride of Frankenstein,'' never makes up its mind whether it is a horror movie spoof or an earnest exploration of the genre's myths. In its earliest sequences, the film, which opens today at the Baronet and other theaters, is a gothic farce full of comic book thunder and lightning and
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FILM: 'MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE'
NYTimes - over 31 years
''THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE'' was produced by Victor Drai, who also produced ''The Woman in Red'' and appears to be making a career out of demonstrating how poorly French farce can travel. Like ''The Woman in Red,'' which was based more successfully on a light Gallic comedy, ''The Man With One Red Shoe'' loses a lot in translation. As ''The Tall
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SCREEN: 'WOMAN IN RED'
NYTimes - over 32 years
THERE'S a curiously dated feeling to Gene Wilder's ''Woman in Red,'' or at least a sense of dislocation: after all, lighthearted American comedies about men desperate to cheat on their wives have been more or less out of vogue since ''The Seven Year Itch.'' Mr. Wilder's film is a remake of the 1977 French comedy ''Pardon Mon Affaire,'' which
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HOLLYWOOD IS AFFECTING A GALLIC ACCENT
NYTimes - over 32 years
With a ''Pardon Mon Affaire'' here and an ''A Bout de Souffle'' there, Hollywood nowadays is trying on a decidedly French accent. Five recent American movies are remakes of French films. Another half-dozen French movies are well on their way to American reincarnations. All but one are comedies. ''Buddy Buddy,'' ''The Man Who Loved Women,'' ''The
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Victor Drai
    THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 36
    He married Kelly LeBrock in 1984. They divorced in 1986.
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    Drai produced several hit movies, including The Woman in Red – the 1984 romantic comedy starring Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, Gilda Radner and Charles Grodin.
    More Details Hide Details Drai followed that with such popular films as The Man with One Red Shoe, Folks!, and the Weekend at Bernie's blockbuster movies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born in 1947.
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