Stacy Keibler is sometimes described as an “actress,” sometimes as a “fitness model,” often as a “former wrestler” and, usually and more pointedly, as “George Clooney’s girlfriend.”
But if that sounds ambiguous, the Baltimore native is making a good living off it, via the celebrity paid-appearance business.
When live table games debuted early Thursday at Maryland Live!, there was Keibler lending a festive bit of Hollywood to the Hanover, Md., casino.
Her job — in loose, beachy hair and a black minidress that bared much of her legendary 42 inches of leg — was unapologetically decorative. Keibler stood on a stage, nodding and smiling as owner David Cordish droned on about jobs and tax revenue. Later, reports our colleague J. Freedom du Lac, she blew on the dice for Cordish’s christening of the craps table. He rolled snake eyes. When it was her turn, she threw a 7, then an 11.
Keibler is frequently photographed at parties for boutiques and nightspots around the world that are willing to pay handsomely for the publicity that a star visit attracts. These jobs keep her “very busy,” her road manager confirmed to du Lac.
How much did she get paid here? No one was willing to say. A 2011 New York Post article claimed that Keibler — who crossed over from WWE vixen to mainstream celeb with a 2005 star turn on “Dancing With the Stars” — doubled her asking price, to $25,000, when she started dating Clooney.
But you know what? She’s good at this.Not every paid-celeb is such a good sport or so on point. “I wish this [casino] was here when I lived in Baltimore,” she told reporters. “It’s pretty amazing considering it’s the third-largest casino in America. There’s so much to do here.”
Keibler made a point of telling du Lac that her parents, who live about an hour away in Rosedale, Md., had already been to the casino twice. Would she have taken this gig if not for her local connections?
“I don’t know. It was really special to me because I was from here,” she said. “I love that there’s thousands of jobs created by having this casino. I’m very proud to be from Baltimore.”
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