A look at how Benidorm entertainer Sticky Vicky made millions with X-rated act
Legendary Benidorm performer Sticky Vicky, now aged 78, entertained millions of tourists with her notorious X-rated magic show for 35 years before announcing her retirement in 2016.
You may also remember that the mum-of-two also appeared in the hit ITV show Benidorm, where she was a guest of honour at the opening of Mel's Mobility Shop.
Vicky Leyton, or as we've come to know her, Sticky Vicky, would perform her "adult magic" show six times every night in Benidorm.
According to Spanish newspaper El Pais the unusual dance act was seen by more than six million tourists before she retired aged 72, after being diagnosed with cancer.
Her 30-minute act would involve flowers, bunting and other objects being pulled out from inside her body.
Tourists would watch on in amazement as she would pull other items out too, including ping-pong balls, eggs, handkerchiefs, sausages and more.
Sticky Vicky is now enjoying her well earned retirement, but you may be wondering how much money she has managed to make from her risqué act – and if you do, we have the answer for you.
Sticky Vicky net worth
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Sticky Vicky has an estimated net worth of £3.5million, according to website The Celebrity Wiki.
As usual, we would take this figure with a pinch of salt, but according to the website, she was one of the most successful acts in Spain – so why wouldn't she be a millionaire?
A trained ballet dancer, Vicky invented her X-rated show after a magician friend taught her tricks after the death of former dictator Francisco Franco and the easing of sexual censorship.
Vicky premiered her show in Barcelona cabarets and found great success performing in northern Spain and other theatres abroad.
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Following her sister's advice in the 1980s, she moved to Benidorm, where she decided to stay due to the influx of tourists.
Sticky Vicky would perform up to six shows per night, six days a week and worked for more than 35 years – so it's perhaps no surprise she's managed to earn this amount of money.
Vicky also went to court against another Benidorm entertainer known as Sexy Barbara, who had registered the name Sticky Vicky as hers.
However, judges sided with the real Sticky Vicky in 2009, ruling Maria Rosa Pereira had acted in "bad faith", telling Vicky Leyton she was the legal owner of the trademark.
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Vicky performed her last show in 2015, several days before a hip operation.
In February 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer, and announced her retirement.
Vicky told a Spanish paper: "I want to enjoy life now. I've been working since I was 11 and it's time for a rest."
Five years later the grandmother has survived cancer, but is now suffering early-onset dementia and awaiting a second hip replacement.
Meanwhile, her daughter Maria Gadea Argues will be brining back her mum's act.
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