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Entratter, Jack, 1914-1971


Jack Entratter (1914-1971) was an executive and show producer at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1952 until his death in 1971. He is credited with elevating the quality of shows produced on the Strip and helping the city become the "entertainment capital of the world." Entratter moved to Las Vegas in 1952 as a co-owner of the Sands Hotel. He produced the hotel's shows and served as vice president (1952-1960, 1967-1971) and president (1960-1967). His personal relationships with performers allowed him to book stars such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Lena Horne, Jerry Lewis, Red Skeleton, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme. Outside of the entertainment industry, Entratter was involved in the local Las Vegas community. He served as President of Temple Beth Sholom for several years and was also chairman of the United Fund, the Allied Jewish Appeal, and the Better Business Bureau, and director of the Foundation of Las Vegas Charities. He was married twice, to Dorothy Entratter, who died in 1961, and Corinne Entratter Sidney, whom he married in 1967 and divorced twice before his death in 1971.

"Jack Entratter of Las Vegas, 57." New York Times (New York, New York), March 12, 1971.