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THE SECRET LIFE OF LIBERACE: AN HBO ORIGINAL FILM

Facts about Liberace

Academy Award winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon shared screens on HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, which premiered on May 26th. Based on Scott Thorson’s memoir, the tempestuous six-year relationship between Liberace (Douglas) and his much younger lover (Damon) is recounted, with lavish attention to detail, a fantastic Living Out says: must see portrayal of the outrageous entertainer’s showmanship and extravagance, and more costume changes than one can count. Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh, this film is definitely a well-acted one by Douglas and Damon: Scenes of intimacy are passionate and natural in this biopic of a secret gay love affair.

R E - WAT C H T H I S I N FA M O U S L O V E A F FA I R O N H B O G O

At the insistance of Polish piano virtuoso Paderwski, he dropped his first name and performed under his last name only. When he opened Las Vegas’ Riviera Casino-Hotel in 1954, Liberace was the city`s highest-paid entertainer. That concert was the first one that he wore extravagant costumes (including a gold lamé jacket). As reported in the June 2001 issue of A&E Biography Magazine, Liberace was so vain about his baldness that he would even go to bed wearing one of his hairpieces. During his career, Liberace earned two Emmys and five gold million best seller albums. In 1969 Liberace was named one of the five highest-paid entertainers in show business. In the ‘70s, Liberace spent at least $100,000 a year on his sparkling, brocaded, diamond and jeweled costumes.

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