Behind the Candelabra by Scott Thorson, Alex Thorleifson

By Scott Thorson, Alex Thorleifson

During this strangely frank ebook Scott Thorson tells all: the great, the undesirable, and the grotesque truths a few mythical entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to avoid public wisdom of his homosexuality. Liberace's unsatisfied youth, ruled via a mom made up our minds to strength him right into a live performance profession, serves because the prologue for a narrative that is going directly to element Liberace s early appearances in honky-tonks, his circulate to manhattan to hunt popularity, and, eventually, his first reserving in Las Vegas, the place he used to be courted by way of the Mafia. His successes create a vivid counterpoint to a darker story of a guy hungry for energy, given to each extra. Liberace's credo "too a lot of an excellent factor is wonderful" is mirrored right here in his acquisition of recent fanatics, sumptuous houses, a wide choice of pornography, and a complete of twenty-six apartment canines. at the back of the Candelabra additionally finds the main points of the essentially soft love affair among Liberace and Thorson whom Liberace despatched to his personal plastic physician to have his face reworked in Liberace's personal snapshot! This fast moving tale, sprinkled with anecdotes approximately well-known entertainers corresponding to Michael Jackson and Shirley MacLaine, ends with an intimate examine Liberace's ultimate days as he lay death of AIDS and his deathbed reconciliation with Scott.

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