Lisa Medford may seem like just another retiree living out her golden years in the suburbs of Las Vegas.
But the 74-year-old brunette is the embodiment of Sin City history with a thousand stories to tell, reports the Los Angeles Times. Medford claims to be the first nude showgirl, when she bared her breasts while performing in singer Harry Belafonte's show at the Riviera casino. She was also a family friend of legendary gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegal, letting him braid her hair when he came over to play poker.
The beauty also captivated actor Cary Grant, who she says asked her to bear his child, an offer which she still regrets not making. "I spent nights crying, thinking, 'What if I had Cary Grant's baby?"' she told the Times. "Would my parents really disown me? But I didn't want kids. He was basically gay, and I wasn't in love with him."
In her 2010 autobiography, "I Can Hear the Applause: Adult Language... Some Nudity," she also recounts her time getting shot while photographing the Russian occupation of Prague in 1968, selling marijuana, working as a chauffeur for call girls and racking stock cars.
Even into old age, Medford retains her toughness. In 2005, while working as a limousine chauffeur, two young thugs tried to leave without paying. But she dug her nails into the neck of one "right where his tattoo was" and pulled him out of the car. "Remember, I grew up with the mob," she bragged to the Las Vegas Sun.
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