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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Laredo Tribune.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Kenny Rogers

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Famous For:
The Gambler, Lady, and Islands in the Stream
Networth:
$270 Million
Currently Known For:
Singer and Songwriter
Famous Years:
1957 - Present
Birthdate:
August 21, 1938
Kenny Rogers


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  Famous For:
The Gambler, Lady, and Islands in the Stream

  Networth:
$270 Million

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“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run…” Getting his start in the music industry as a teenage rock ‘n’ roller in the 1950s, Kenny Rogers enjoyed incredible success early on with a few bands while working as a producer, songwriter and musician. After a decade with The First Edition where he was known for belting out hits like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and “But You Know I Love You,” Rogers finally set out on his own and launched his solo career in 1976.Advertisements:


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Refusing to settle for anything but success, Rogers found exactly that in the 1970s with smash hits like “Lucille,” “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County” as his rock sound transformed into country gold. Rogers carried his success into the 1980s with more hits reaching the top of the mainstream and country music starts but nothing surpassing the mega-success of his duet with country legend Dolly Parton in 1983 called “Islands in the Stream.” Partnering up with Dolly for a few tours, Rogers became one of the best-selling artists of all time with over 120 million records sold worldwide and nearly 150 hit singles.

Known early on for his iconic goatee and silver-streaked (now white) head of hair, the Country Music Hall of Famer certainly looks more rejuvenated in recent years than any other 78-year-olds in the business. As you can imagine, he has plastic surgery to thank! Rogers first turned heads nearly a decade ago when he attempted to turn back the hands of time and remove any signs of aging by going under the knife. This earned him a flurry of media attention especially since he tied the knot with Wanda Miller and welcomed twin boys. Responding to the media in good humor, Rogers confessed that this wasn’t his first time in the surgeon’s office after decades of subtle changes to improve his look. “I did a lot more [plastic surgery] a long time ago,” he confessed. “Dolly Parton used to kid me about it.”

So, why did he make such a drastic change? Rogers said the reason he went under the knife was all because of the media’s criticism. “I blame the media for it,” he said. “The first six years of my career, I got more comments on my weight than on my singing. So, I think I became so self-conscious that I started working on it harder.”

Opting for an eyelid surgery that ultimately went awry, Rogers was stuck with the results and the sting of the media’s response. “Last year I had so many lines coming in at the side of my eyes,” he confessed. “So, I went in and got my eyes done, and I’m not happy about it.” Adding that the surgeon was “going to go in and fix that for me,” he said, “They’re too tight around the eyelids for me. It drives me crazy… But I know what I want to look like. If we can fix that, then I’ll be glad I did it.” Until then, it was an ongoing battle with his self-image much like his early years on stage. “I think when you’re in the public eye, you feel a pressure to stay younger looking.”

Over the years, Rogers admits to having quite a few procedures done saying that it’s “taken a lot of money and a lot of all time.” But, it was all for a good reason. “It was all for the sake of what I thought was looking better,” he said. “I’m not sure what I’d look like without it, so I’m happy.” In 2012, the details of his procedures were finally revealed when he released his memoir—Luck or Something Like It. Although the publisher suggested that he cut the entire chapter short to avoid it being the only thing people talked about, Rogers refused and included it just as he’d written.

Since his last botched procedure in 2005, Rogers has thankfully lightened up on the surgeries. “It was a phase I went through,” he admitted. “I improved myself. I didn’t like the way the surgeon did my eyes but I see all these other guys who have had it done and theirs are worse than mine. I’m not going to complain anymore.”

Finally learning to embrace his looks after nearly 60 years in the spotlight, Rogers announced his retirement on the Today Show in 2015 outlining his plans to spend more time with his wife and twin boys. Today, the 78-year-old has released a Christmas album and is in the process of wrapping up his final, farewell tour—The Gambler’s Last Tour—which has been extended into 2017 with dates in Ireland, The Philippines, the United Kingdom and Thailand. With fans still flocking to sold-out venues, it’s safe to say that Rogers still has his star power, botched surgery and all!

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