Behind the Candelabra
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Behind the Candelabra : My Life with Liberace

By (author) Scott Thorson

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Scott Thorson, a poor boy from a succession of foster homes, met Liberace when he was just 16 years old. Liberace, aged 57, took Scott under his wing as 'the son he'd never had'. By the time Scott was 17, he was also Liberace's lover. Liberace lived life by his credo 'too much of a good thing is wonderful' and Scott shared in it: the fur coats, the Rolls-Royces, the jewellery, the celebrity friends, the 26 lap dogs. A more opulent lifestyle is hard to imagine but it came at a price: Liberace sent Scott to his plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image. By turns bizarre, shocking and touchingly intimate, Behind the Candelabra is a compulsive insight in to Liberace, the man behind the flamboyant performer whose successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, a man given to every excess.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 184g
  • 06 Jun 2013
  • Head of Zeus
  • London
  • English
  • 1781856710
  • 9781781856710
  • 53,211

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Scott Thorson (born 1958) met Liberace in 1976 and they were together for the next 9 years: 5 years as lovers, and 4 as co-respondents in a $113 million palimony lawsuit. They were reconcilled shortly before Liberace's death from AIDS in 1987.

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'It wasn't always a film but it was always a drama ... sensational' The Times. 'I haven't been involved in a movie where there's been so much attention beforehand' Michael Douglas. 'A champagne-dunked celebration of the excesses that made the man ... we're going to have a ball with this one' Guardian. 'A fascinating study in one man's ability to create his own rhinestone-studded reality' The Sunday Times.

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