on July 25, 2016 in the
the Cochella Valleys newspaper
the following was published:
Photo by the Desert Sun on 1 - 30 - 2017
With host Shirley Claire for
Incidentally S C is 89 years old
at age 88
THE ACE HOTEL IS IN Palm Springs; Pittsburgh; Los Angeles; London; New York; Portland; Seattle; New Orleans; Panama and More are Coming.gh, London, Portland, Seattle and P
ACE HOTEL, Palm Springs
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Hwy. 111, (King's Highway) Palm Springs, CA 92264
760 - 325 - 9900

Former showgirl, 88, calls Bingo at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California

7 PM

Practice makes perfecterfect

Shirley admits that in the beginning she was nervous - but now has a rhythm going.

"It takes time. It's not that easy. I count to 20 after each number because I was either too fast and then you do too many games. It's a timing thing." she said.

She has to time it out so they play just the right amount of games for the number of prizes they have.

Claire also felt a bit awkward in the beginning singing a capella, but now she has musical tracks playing in the background as she sings & feels more comfortable as she kicks off the night of Bingo with a song.

from the Desert Sun on 7 - 25 - '16


Shirley Claire calls out Bingo at the
starting at 7:p.m. on Mondays
Location: 701 East Palm Canyon Drive - Kings Highway aka HWY 111 in Palm Springs (760 - 325 -9900) (Between East Palm Canyon Drive and East Twin Palm Drive)


"I'm Gonna Live Until I Die," which is what she sang on "America's Got Talent."

In between games and handing out prizes, she also belts out 'From This Moment On, Jeepers Creepers, How lucky Can You Get, Funny Girl, and Fever' just to mention a few.

She especially enjoys it when there's audience participation and the entire restaurant claps along as she slowly shimmies and shakes her way around the room. Sometimes she'll throw on a feather boa for showmanship.

Claire isn't afraid to go off script and improvise. Midway through a song recently, she grabbed a young diner's man bun and demanded to know what that was. The audience erupted in laughter.

"The audience is what makes the repartee. I just love it when they have arguments or fights or things happen. I sit down at the booth with them, flirt with them in my old way, they understand," she said.You know what kills me about doing this at my age … I'll walk around and I'll put my leg up on the table, and stuff like that. But the young people admire the old age. They say 'I don't want to be in a chair, in a convalescent home. How do you do this. How do you do that' and I just say, 'I don't know, it's who I am," Claire said.

On a recent night, she took a picture with eight young muscular men "and thoroughly enjoyed the attention."

"They said 'you rock,' which I guess is a compliment. Whatever that means. They were just all over me and I loved it. It's just interesting to see the old with the young," she said.

Career boost

Claire said she is a bit surprised by the resurgence in her career so late in life.

Many may remember the charming and limber Claire as a contestant on last (2015) season's "America's Got Talent."

She didn't audition for the show – they sought her out, she said.

"They asked me to do it. I don't audition for anything," she said. "I didn't audition for the Ace, thank God."

"When they called me, they really wanted an old showgirl. They just wanted old people," she said.

Many may also recall the big smooch she gave show host Nick Cannon. Claire chalks it up to him being so nice and comforting.

"I will tell you the truth. Nick saved my life.

I hadn't eaten all day and I was stressed."



"I'm talking to Nick Cannon and … I was just shoved out there.

I walk out there and I see people. 4,000+ people. No soundcheck. I hadn't rehearsed. Nothing. Not a single rehearsal. Cold right out onto that stage.

Singers get no rehearsal at all," she recalled.

Though her "America's Got Talent" run didn't last long -- she competed one other time on the show, but didn't advance -- but it did snowball into other appearances.

She got to go on "The Jerry Springer Show," and "Watch What Happens: Live" with Andy Cohen. She was also interviewed by Anderson Cooper.

On Cohen's show, she stood behind the bar as a bartender – something his guests often do.

"I was going to get his attention so I took my leg and put right on top of the bar. And he had to talk to me and he did," she said.

Claire said Cooper asked her if she thinks this generation now could go back to the '40s and survive.

"I said 'you've got to be kidding me. They couldn't even get through the first two hours because there is nothing automatic about the '40s. You had to actually do it all,

My generation had lots of balls.

We just did. We had the war.

We had to work for everything we had.

We had to go look up a word for God's sake," she added.


She's Young At Heart

Not everyone can pull off wearing jumpsuits – but Claire can.

Having just ordered three jumpsuits off the Internet, the slender 105-pound performer now owns 23 jumpsuits.

"That's really all I wear. With all this rotten skin, I cover up just as well as I can," she said with a laugh.

The only hazard, she joked is "peeing my pants" before she can get the zipper down.

"I'm very comfortable in them," she added.

Stretching every morning before she gets out of bed and yoga has helped keep her limber and svelte, Claire said as she kicked her leg above a table at the Ace to prove her point.

At 88, Claire of course has had her share of health concerns, but hasn't let that define her. She had a stroke in 2012 but doesn't let that hold her back.

"Being a stroke survivor. The Lord meant for me to keep on keeping on," she said. "I had it, I got over it and I've moved on."

She believes in things coming full circle and her gig at Ace is proof of that, she says.


On June 26, 2016 the above artical was published.

On July 1, 2016 the same artical with only the last photo was published, on the front page, above the fold in the Desert Sun.

On June 26, 2016 the same artical was published with all of the photos. The last photo was on the front page, with the headline 'IT'S STILL SHOWTIME' in the Desert Sun - Palm Springs newspaper.

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