Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

My Life With Liberace

Book - 2013
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Tantor Press
The true story of the "world's greatest entertainer"-revealed by the man most qualified to disclose it, his longtime live-in lover. Also available in print and ebook.

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In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about a 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.His successes create 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 also reveals the details of 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 Scott.
The true story of the "world's greatest entertainer"—revealed by his longtime live-in lover.

Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Media, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780988349483
Branch Call Number: B LIBERACE
Characteristics: 239 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Thorleifson, Alex
Alternative Title: My life with Liberace


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Oct 02, 2017

I really liked this book because it wasn't just about how the author was treated (Scott), it also went into the details and background of Liberace's life. Kind of like a Biography with the sordid details thrown in regarding Scott's part in Lee's life. Granted, I don't know how much of what he says it true, but it sure does sound believable. I saw the movie too, and the book brings out more details as you would expect. Well worth reading if you like this style of writing (true-life celebrity stories).

May 23, 2015

Wow you get picked up by a self-absorbed delusional Queen and you didn't stop to think that you should have squirreled away some cash for a rainy day especially when it turned our to be a Monsoon!? Geez Thorson I get that you were young but when you saw the other dude get kicked to the curb the writing was obviously on the wall.And the plastic surgery? .....stupid yet priceless.


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Apr 14, 2014

Better than the movie with the additional details that a book can relate, Scott is not altogether a likeable person but he was somewhat shafted by the "persona" of Liberace and emotionally betrayed by Lee the lover and protector. His life after Lee has gone downhill and all he has left are his memories and a few souvenirs of the high life that he lived for a few short years.


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