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Wladziu Valentino Liberace, better known as just Liberace, was one of the most famous vocalists and pianists not only in his generation, but in general. The star is considered to be one of the most flamboyant and famous performers of the 20th century.

Liberace’s net worth was estimated to be $115 million at the time of his death.

He was born on the 16th May 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. At the very young age of seven years, Liberace started attending the Wisconsin College of Music as he was considered to be a child prodigy, and Liberace’s career started when he was a teenager. He enrolled at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and later went on to perform on his own as he chose to play only the music that was popular at the time.

Liberace Net Worth $115 Million

The musician played with a candelabra on his piano to entertain the audience, that was stunned by his performances. He often performed under the name of Walter Busterkeys to make some money for a living while his career was only at its beginning. Although the show didn’t go national for a couple of years after it started airing in Los Angeles, the premiere of the show called The Liberace Show could easily be considered as his big breakthrough.

Later Liberace starred in a film called Sincerely Yours and performed in Las Vegas. Liberace became such a popular star that he even started performing alongside the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley in 1956. At the height of his career the star was watched by nearly 35 million people. His television program was so popular that it broke almost every record on television when it came to the entertainment industry and performing arts.

Speaking about his personal life, Liberace had several legal dramas, as a magazine once printed an article stating that the star was a homosexual. Liberace tried to conceal his sexual preferences as much as he could at the time as the majority of his fans were young and single ladies who had fallen head over heels for the famous pianist. This type of admiration was very convenient for Liberace, as it helped to keep his fan base steady and to make his income even bigger. However, his chauffeur and bodyguard Scott Thorson, sued Liberace in 1982 for what turned out to be seeking support, as apparently they were once lovers and Liberace had made a promise to support Thorson.

Liberace died on the 4th February 1987, and initially there were rumors that he died because of complications that occurred due to him being infected with AIDS. It was only later that the autopsy showed that Liberace indeed died of pneumonia which was closely related to AIDS and is one of its side effects.

Liberace has definitely left his imprint of today’s entertainment, business and music industry, as he is cited as a major inspiration by such popular stars and musicians as Elton John, Lady Gaga and David Bowie.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sleeping with Other People 2015 performer: "MOONLIGHT SONATA LIBERACE"
Behind the Candelabra 2013 TV Movie performer: "Tico Tico", "Nola", "When Liberace Winks at Me", "Love is Blue", "Kitten on the Keys" / writer: "The Liberace Boogie", "Sincerely Yours"
Tournée 2010 performer: "Moon River"
Ocean's Eleven 2001 performer: "Misty", "Moon River"
Cecil B. DeMented 2000 performer: "Ciao!" / writer: "Ciao!"
Celebrity 1998 performer: "Fascination" 1932
Beavis and Butt-Head 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bert 1994 TV Series 1 episode
Alice 1990 performer: "O Tannenbaum", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
Misery 1990 arranger: "TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO #1", "MOONLIGHT SONATA" / performer: "TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO #1", "MOONLIGHT SONATA", "I'LL BE SEEING YOU"
Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 performer: "I'll Be Seeing You" 1938
New York Stories 1989 performer: "I'll Be Seeing You"
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Danny Kaye Show 1967 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dean Martin Show 1966 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Batman 1966 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
When the Boys Meet the Girls 1965 performer: "Aruba Liberace" / writer: "Aruba Liberace"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1959 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jimmy Durante Show 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sincerely Yours 1955 music: "Sincerely Yours" / performer: "El Cumbanchero" uncredited, "Rhapsody in Blue" uncredited, "Beer Barrel Polka" uncredited, "Sincerely Yours", "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie", "Chopsticks"
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars 1955 TV Special performer: "Hey, Liberace"
The Jack Benny Program 1954 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Liberace Show TV Series performer - 6 episodes, 1953 - 1954 writer - 2 episodes, 1954
Merry Mirthquakes 1953 performer: "Waltz in C Sharp Minor", "The Yaketa-Yak Polka", "Polonaise", "Liebestraum", "Orche Tchorina"
South Sea Sinner 1950 performer: "VALSE", "PIANO CONCERTO"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hotel 1983 TV Series Liberace
Kojak 1978 TV Series Liberace
Here's Lucy 1970 TV Series Liberace
The Red Skelton Hour 1958-1968 TV Series Lee Kadiddlehopper / Melvin Trueheart / Muggsy
Batman 1966 TV Series Chandell / Harry
The Loved One 1965 Mr. Starker
When the Boys Meet the Girls 1965 Liberace
Date with the Angels 1957 TV Series Liberace
Sincerely Yours 1955 Anthony Warrin
The Jack Benny Program 1954 TV Series Liberace
Merry Mirthquakes 1953 Piano Player / Master of Ceremonies
South Sea Sinner 1950 Maestro

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Best Foot Forward 1943 musician: piano - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pamplemousse 1999 Short acknowledgment: ultra-thanks to our helpful pals

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Donahue 1976 TV Series Himself
The Galloping Gourmet 1972 TV Series Himself
Vlug van die Seemeeu 1972 Himself
The David Frost Show 1970-1972 TV Series Himself
The World of Liberace 1972 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1966-1971 TV Series Himself
Tom Jones and Some Fancy Dressers 1971 TV Movie Himself
The Pearl Bailey Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1954-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Audience Bow
The Liberace Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Host
The Liberace Show 1953-1969 TV Series Himself - Host
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1969 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Mike and Liberace 1968 TV Movie Himself - Host
Showtime 1968 TV Series Himself - Host
Romp!!! 1968 TV Special Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1967 TV Series Himself
The Monkees 1967 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1964-1967 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1967 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
The Danny Kaye Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Milton Berle Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Roger Miller Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The John Gary Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Program 1963-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself (on film)
That Regis Philbin Show 1964 TV Series Himself
The Linkletter Show 1964 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1956-1964 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
Another World 1964 TV Series Himself (1985, 1986)
Talent Scouts 1962-1963 TV Series Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Pianist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958-1962 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1961-1962 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Talent Scouts 1960 TV Series Herself
The Royal Variety Show 1960 TV Movie Himself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1959 TV Series Himself - Pianist
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1956-1959 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957-1959 TV Series Himself
The Big Record 1957-1958 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series Himself
Shower of Stars 1957 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Durante Show 1956 TV Series Himself
You Bet Your Life 1956 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1956 TV Series documentary Himself
Warner Brothers Presents 1955 TV Series Himself - Pianist
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1952-1955 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Sheilah Graham in Hollywood 1955 TV Series Himself
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars 1955 TV Special Himself
A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954 TV Short Himself
Red Skelton Revue 1954 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1954 TV Series Himself
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Himself
The Frank Sinatra Show 1952 TV Series Himself
Footlight Varieties 1951 Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1951 TV Series Himself
Cavalcade of Stars 1951 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Murray Party 1951 TV Series Himself - Pianist
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1986 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1986 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
Sally Jessy Raphael 1986 TV Series Himself
Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills 1986 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1986 TV Series Himself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
WrestleMania 1985 TV Special Himself
Star Search 1984 TV Series Himself - Introducer
Special People 1984 TV Movie Himself
CBS Early Morning News 1984 TV Series Himself - Guest
Saturday Night Live 1984 TV Series Himself
Live... And in Person 1983 TV Series Himself
James Bond: The First 21 Years 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Himself
A Gift of Music 1981 TV Special Himself
Lily: Sold Out 1981 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1970-1980 TV Series Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Pianist / Himself - Guest / ...
Liberace in Las Vegas 1980 TV Movie Himself
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Liberace: A Valentine Special 1979 TV Special Himself
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Star
The Russell Harty Show 1978 TV Series Himself
Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace! 1978 TV Movie Himself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas 1977 TV Special Himself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1977 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jay Leno's Garage 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - episode of Jack Paar Tonight Show
WWE Hall of Fame 2014 TV Special Himself
Glasgow: Big Night Out 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment 2013 Video documentary Himself
Here's Lucy Spotlight: Lucie Arnaz 2012 Video documentary short Clip from 'Here's Lucy'
100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
A Current Affair 2011 TV Series Himself
American Experience 2005-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The True Story of WrestleMania 2011 Video Himself
Starrcade: The Essential Collection 2009 Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami 2008 TV Movie Himself
Bruce on Vegas 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3 2007 Video documentary Himself
The 60s: The Beatles Decade 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Carta blanca 2006 TV Series Himself
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story 2006 Video documentary Himself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology - Vol. 1 2005 Video Himself
Good Night, and Good Luck. 2005 Himself (uncredited)
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story 2005 Documentary Himself
Patti Page Sings the Hits 2004 Video Himself
Christmas from Hollywood 2003 Video documentary Himself
I Love the '70s 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Cher: The Farewell Tour 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Living Famously 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Nightclub Years 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Larry King Live 2001 TV Series Himself
Reputations 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Another World 1999 TV Series Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself
American Masters 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself (episode "Art for Monkees' Sake") (uncredited)
The Real Las Vegas 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Heroes of Comedy 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
And the Band Played On 1993 TV Movie Himself (Epilogue) (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
Elvis '56 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bodywatch 1986 TV Series Himself
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television 1986 TV Movie Himself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Taxi zum Klo 1980 Himself (uncredited)
Fan Fever 1956 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6739 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 8 February 1960. At 6527 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music in a Non-Series Behind the Candelabra (2013)


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#Fact
1 He smoked 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day.
2 Is mentioned by name in Nina Simone's rendition of "My Baby Just Cares for Me".
3 He was posthumously awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 1, 2005.
4 He was posthumously awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on January 7, 1994.
5 Is mentioned by name in the song "My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson.
6 In his biography and in the HBO program Behind the Candelabra (2013), Liberace insisted that his first lover, to whom he lost his virginity, was a professional American football player, a member of the Green Bay Packers team, "the most intimidating man I'd ever seen". According to Liberace's ex-lover Scott Thorson, the pianist had revealed to him that the affair had taken place when Liberace was playing a club called the Wunderbar in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1939, and that the player became Liberace's "first confidant".
7 He was a Republican.
8 Brother-in-law of Isabel Liberace.
9 Uncle of Rudy Liberace Jr., Freddy Liberace, Jane Liberace, Ina Liberace and Diane Liberace.
10 Brother of George Liberace, Rudy Liberace and Angie Liberace.
11 Made his very last public appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 25 December 1986 (1986) almost six weeks before his death.
12 Shortly after Liberace's death the London Daily Mirror asked for a refund of the $24,000 libel settlement it had paid him in 1959.
13 In 1982, 24-year-old Scott Thorson, Liberace's former bodyguard, limo driver, and alleged live-in lover of five years, sued the pianist for $110 million in palimony after an acrimonious split-up. Liberace continued to publicly deny that he was homosexual and insisted that Thorson was never his lover. In 1984, most of Thorson's claim was dismissed, although he received a $95,000 settlement.
14 Mentioned in the song "Mr. Sandman" written by Pat Ballard: "And [give him] lots of wavy hair like Liberace.".
15 He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6527 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6739 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
16 While wildly successful and good natured outwardly, Liberace was a complicated man whose political, social and religious conservatism existed side-by-side with a lifetime of secretive homosexuality.
17 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 533-535. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
18 When filming a television special in England, he made a point of learning the name of all the production crew. Years later when he returned to make another show, he was still able to greet every crew member by name.
19 The phrase "I cried all the way to the bank!" was said to be first coined by him after he sued and won a $22,000 settlement from the London Daily Mirror in 1959.
20 Was parodied in several Bugs Bunny cartoons.
21 Would often remark that he would like the viewer/audience member to "Meet my brother George".
22 Liberace owned a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. This car resides in the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, and of only seven built by coachbuilder James Young that year, it is the only one with left-hand drive (the steering wheel on the American side), making it even more rare. The entire car is covered with small mirrored tiles, and with classic horses etched into them along the running boards. When he first got the got, it had a black and gray paint job. He also had a 1950s Rolls-Royce convertible painted with an American flag design.
23 The episodes of the television series Batman (1966) on which Liberace guest starred as Chandel/Harry, Batman: The Devil's Fingers (1966) and Batman: The Dead Ringers (1966), were the highest-rated in the series' history. By all accounts, he got along well with the cast and crew and would play impromptu recitals at the end of each day's filming.
24 According to his cook, his last meal was Cream of Wheat hot cereal, made with half and half, and seasoned with brown sugar.
25 When he opened Las Vegas' Riviera Casino-Hotel in 1954, he was the city's highest paid entertainer. That concert was the first one where he wore extravagant costumes (He wore a gold llame jacket).
26 License plate on one of his Rolls-Royces: "88 KEYS"
27 In 1976, during the height of the American Bicentennial, he once performed wearing red, white and blue hot pants. It made headlines around the world.
28 As reported in the June 2001 issue "A&E Biography" Magazine, Liberace was so vain about his baldness that he would even go to bed wearing one of his hairpieces, even on hot nights. According to the same article, he once almost refused to have a facelift when the doctor asked him to take his toupee off.
29 At the insistence of Polish piano virtuoso, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, he dropped his first names and performed under his last name, only.
30 While born "Wladziu Valentino Liberace", he later changed his first name to "Walter", but his friends and relatives knew him as "Lee".
31 Closed his concerts with the song "I'll Be Seeing You".
32 His final performance was on November 2, 1986 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
33 Owned pianos previously owned by Frédéric Chopin and George Gershwin, as well as an inlaid and ormolued Louis XV desk that may have been owned by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
34 Many of his pianos, cars, jewelry and costumes are on display in the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Funds from the admissions to the non-profit museum go to The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, which awards music scholarships.
35 Was parodied in Al Capp's comic strip, "L'il Abner", as "Loverboynik".
36 Successfully sued the London "Daily Mirror" in 1959 after it published an article by columnist "Cassandra" which said that Liberace was "fruit-flavoured" (gay), which he strongly denied in court and insisted that homosexuality was an "abomination".
37 Liberace's favourite song was "The Impossible Dream", because he truly mastered the art of believing. He made a dream come true. During his career, Liberace earned two Emmy Awards and five gold million best-selling albums.
38 In the 1970s, Liberace spent at least $100,000 a year on his sparkling, brocaded, diamond and jeweled costumes.
39 In 1969, Liberace was named one of the five highest paid entertainers in show business.
40 As a young man, he worked the night club circuit as a pianist under the name: "Walter Busterkeys".
41 In high school, Liberace had a musical combo called "The Mixers".
42 Classical debut was at age 14 as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony.
43 At age four, Liberace could play almost any tune by ear.
44 His older brother, George Liberace played the violin.
45 His mother, Frances Liberace, played piano as did his sister, Angie Liberace.
46 Liberace's father, Salvatore Liberace, was a French horn player for the Milwaukee Symphony.

#Quote
1 I've done my part for motion pictures. I've stopped making them.
2 [to his manager Seymour Heller in late 1986] If my fans or the public ever found out that I'm gay or that I have AIDS... that's all they'll ever remember about me.
3 The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
4 Of course, I couldn't go out in the street in clothes like this, I'd get picked up. Come to think of it, it might be fun.
5 Gee, you've been such a wonderful audience that I don't like to take your money. But I will!
6 [in 1959, he won a libel case against the London "Daily Mirror" tabloid. What did he do with his damages?] I cried all the way to the bank!
7 At the 1982 Academy Awards: I made my greatest contribution to motion pictures years ago. I stopped making them.
8 What's better than roses on your piano? Tulips on your organ.
9 [When asked how he could play the piano while wearing so many rings]: Very well, thank you.
10 [on playing Radio City Music Hall in the Easter show]: You can have either the Resurrection or you can have Liberace. But you can't have both.
11 (Spoken on stage): I didn't get dressed like this to go unnoticed.
12 [From his 1973 autobiography]: Youthfulness, I guess, will always remain the thing that fans want to see in their favorite performers. They don't like to see them grow old. Possibly because it reminds them that the same thing is happening to them.
13 (Commenting on a famous quote of his): You know that bank I cried all the way to? I bought it!
14 Too many young performers have forgotten that the most important part of show business is not the second word, it's the first. Without the show there's no business.
15 (Responding to a negative review of one of his performances): Your review hurt me! I cried all the way to the bank!

#Trademark
1 His Baldwin piano decorated with small mirrors.
2 Candlelabra that he placed on his piano
3 Extravagant clothes
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