Lady Gaga is the ball's dream guest: Mortar has captured them all

Richard “Mortel” Lugner had them all |

In the nineties I wish Lady Gaga

The Vienna Opera Ball without big stars from America – hardly imaginable!

Since the early 1990s, Austrian construction giant Richard “Mörtel” Lugner (89) has called on celebrities to shine a little more in their own glamour. On Tuesday he celebrates his ninetieth birthday.

Of course, Hollywood stars are not among his friends. Lugner buys them for an evening and is happy to pay a six-figure fee for them. There are Hollywood stars like Joan Collins (89), Andie MacDowell (64), Melanie Griffith (65) and Goldie Hawn (76) – but there are also real-life icons like Paris Hilton (41) or Kim Kardashian (41).

Kim Kardashian received the highest fee so far in 2014 at €250,000. After that, the billionaire now complained about racism at the ball

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Australian model Elle danced

Australian model Elle “The Body” Macpherson (58) danced on the floor in 2019

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And it’s hard to believe, even Nadia “Bartender” Abdel-Faraj (57) and Dieter Bohlen (68) were once Lugner stars. But they were just alternatives to short-term cancellation.

Paris Hilton (25 years old then) was a bargain in 2007. She got 35,000 euros

Paris Hilton (then 25 years old) was a steal in 2007. She “only” made 35,000 euros in an evening with “Mörtel” Lugner. I also refused him the dance

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In 2001, Farrah Fawcett (then 54) was a guest at the opera ball box for Richard Lugner (68).  She brought up her son Redmond (16), who was said to have been very impressed with Lugner's then-wife Christina (35).

In 2001, Farrah Fawcett (then 54) was a guest at Richard Lugner’s Opera Ball Fund. She brought up her son Redmond (then 16), who was said to have been very fond of Lugner’s then-wife Christina (then 35).

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But who is Lugner’s ultimate dream guest?

“This was Liz Taylor. We really tried everything, but unfortunately it didn’t work out until she passed away,” he told BILD am SONNTAG.

Pamela Anderson, 35, paid for her performance in Vienna in 2003. Your fee: six figures

In 2003, Pamela Anderson (then 35 years old) paid money for her performance in Vienna. Your drawing: six numbers

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Since this week he is again on the guest program. An agency is negotiating with six potential women in Los Angeles.

He does not want to reveal what it is in advance. But someone must accompany him to the opera ball on February 16, 2023.

Comedian dancer Dita Von Teese (then 35) came to Vienna in 2008 - and dropped the covers of Lugner on a special

Comedian dancer Dita Von Teese (then 35) came to Vienna in 2008 – and dropped the covers of Lugner on a special

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Actress Ornella Muti (67) was the last guest of Richard Lugner in 2020

Actress Ornella Muti (67) was the last guest of Richard Lugner in 2020

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“I’ve already paid for the box,” he says. And he has a dream, too.

“Lady Gaga would be great. But he probably won’t come to me. I have to sign her at Lugner City.”

Lugner stars alongside him attract a lot of attention. But it is important for him to find a new wife.

After five marriages and many relationships, “I am currently single”, He says. “She must be like this by the age of 40 and have a business acumen.” And of course she will also be allowed to go to the opera ball.

Will Lady Gaga (36) feel comfortable at the Opera Ball?

Will Lady Gaga (36) feel comfortable at the Opera Ball?

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This article is from BILD am SONNTAG. The entire edition e-paper is available over here.

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