Melinda—First Lady of Magic was born and raised in Las Vegas and into the entertainment industry. Her mother was a dancer in “Les Folies Bergere,” her father was a band leader for The Rat Pack and her brother, David Saxe, has produced more shows than anyone on the strip.   Melinda has appeared on “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show” and on her own Disney special on CBS, but that is nothing compared to the magic that she works every morning while trying to get the kids off to school.

Melinda—First Lady of Magic appears in “V The Ultimate Variety Show” at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The show runs nightly at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Please visit for tickets and information.

By Jennifer Florendo

Walk us through a typical day in your stilettos, pumps or flats.

Forget flats! I actually need a pair of running shoes to get through my busy days. What begins as getting the kids dressed, fed and dropped off at school quickly turns into an afternoon rehearsal, picking the kids up from school, basketball practice, homework and then it’s time to slip into my high heels for two performances in “V The Ultimate Variety Show.” Phew!

Have you ever purchased any “As Seen on TV” items?

Yes, I bought the Shake Weight as gag gifts for my girlfriends.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Relax? What’s that?

If you could destroy any grade-school photo of yourself, what year would it be and why?

Oh yeah, I scratched out almost all of my yearbook pictures from junior high school on. I wish now that I would have never done that.

While grocery shopping, what is your stick-in-the-cart-when-no-one-is-looking item?

Not going to lie to you … there is A LOT of sugar in the cart. I try to camouflage the candy on the bottom, under the veggies, until I can get to the checkout line. Chocolate is one of my guilty pleasures.

How do you balance work, life and motherhood?

That’s an easy one. Absolutely nothing is more important to me than my family. It’s just a matter of prioritizing. My kids ALWAYS come first. Since I don’t take the stage until 7 p.m., I get to spend a lot of quality time with them when they get home from school. I’m lucky in that regard.

What celebrity are you most often told you look like?

Hahaha! It depends. I have heard Lady Gaga from a few adults and kids often liken me to Barbie.

What advice would you share with young women today about life or careers?

Always pursue your dreams no matter how difficult it may seem to achieve them. Life is very short. I would rather try and fail than to look back and wonder what could have been. Go for it!

“V The Ultimate Variety Show” takes the stage twice nightly at 7:00 and 8:30 at V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort.  For ticket prices call 1.866.932.1818 or go to .