Behind the Candelabra
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Behind the Candelabra : My Life with Liberace (MP3 CD)

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In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia. As Thorson attests, such successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, given to every excess. Liberace's credo--`too much of a good thing is `wonderful``--is reflected here in his acquisition of new lovers, luxurious homes, a large collection of pornography, and a total of twenty-six house dogs. `Behind the Candelabra` above all explores the fundamentally tender love affair between Liberace and Thorson--whom Liberace sent to his own plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image! This fast-paced story, sprinkled with anecdotes about famous entertainers such as Michael Jackson and Shirley MacLaine, ends with an intimate look at Liberace's final days as he lay dying of AIDS--and his deathbed reconciliation with Thorson. Thorson's story will also appear in the upcoming biopic of the same name starring award-winning actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 135 x 190 x 15mm | 72g
  • Tantor Media, Inc
  • Old Saybrook, CT, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 145266191X
  • 9781452661919
  • 1,029,061

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`This memoir by Liberace's longtime lover has been made into a biopic. . . . Peter Berkrot provides a direct and unadorned narration.` ---AudioFileshow more

About Scott Thorson

Alex Thorleifson is a freelance journalist and coauthor, with Pilar Wayne, of `John Wayne: My Life with the Duke.` Scott Thorson became famous for his relationship with and lawsuit against Liberace and his testimony against gangster Eddie Nash. A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot held feature roles in `Caddyshack` and Showtime's `Brotherhood.` He has recorded over 170 audiobooks, over 100 for children; has been nominated for an Audie Award; and has received a number of `AudioFile` Earphones Awards and starred reviews.show more

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