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Liberace

Liberace shows off his rings in 1980.
Background information
Birth name Wladziu Valentino Liberace
Also known as Walter Busterkeys
Walter Liberace
Lee Liberace
Liberace Chefroach
The Glitter Man
Born May 16, 1919(1919-05-16)
Origin West Allis, WI, United States
Died February 4, 1987 (aged 67)
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instrument(s) Piano
Years active 1936–1986
Label(s) Columbia (USA)
Dot (USA)
Associated
acts
George Liberace, Paderewski
Notable instrument(s)
Mirror Chandler Baldwin Grand Piano

Wladziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919February 4, 1987), better known by only his last name Liberace (pronounced [ˌlɪbəˈrɑːtʃi]), was an American entertainer. Image File history File links Liberacerings. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Wisconsin State Fair West Allis is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Largest metro area Greater Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42° 30′ N to 47° 05′ N  - Longitude 86° 46′ W to... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Dot Records was an American record label which was active between 1950 and 1977. ... George Liberace, elder brother of famed US entertainer Liberace, was born July 31, 1911 in Menasha, Wisconsin. ... Ignacy Jan Paderewski Ignacy Jan Paderewski (November 6, 1860 – June 29, 1941) was a Polish pianist, composer and politician, the third Prime Minister of Poland. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Early life and stage name

Liberace, known as “Lee” to his friends, was born in West Allis, Wisconsin to Frances Zuchowski, a Polish American, and Salvatore ("Sam") Liberace, an immigrant from Formia, Italy.[1] He grew up in a musical family. He had a twin who died at birth. He was classically trained as a pianist and gained wide experience playing popular music. Lee followed the advice of famous Polish pianist and family friend [citation needed] Paderewski and billed himself under his last name only. As his classical career developed he found that his whimsical encores, in which he played pop songs and marches, went over better with audiences than his renditions of classical pieces, so he changed his act to "pop with a bit of classics". At other times, he referred to his act as "classical music with the boring parts left out." During the mid- and late 1940s he performed in dinner clubs and night clubs in major cities around the United States. Wisconsin State Fair West Allis is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. ... Polish-American refers to American citizens of Polish descent. ... Formia is a small town/city on the Mediterranean Coast of Italy. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Ignacy Jan Paderewski Ignacy Jan Paderewski (November 6, 1860 – June 29, 1941) was a Polish pianist, composer and politician, the third Prime Minister of Poland. ...


In his early career days he used the stage name Walter Busterkeys.


In 1943, he appeared in a couple of Soundies (the 1940s precursor to music videos). He re-created two flashy numbers from his nightclub act, "Tiger Rag" and "Twelfth Street Rag." In these films he was billed as Walter Liberace. Both Soundies were later released to the home-movie market by Castle Films. Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Soundies were an early version of music videos. ... This article is about the tune. ... Twelfth Street Rag was composed by Euday L. Bowman in 1914. ... This article is considered orphaned, since there are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Television

He had a network television program, The Liberace Show, beginning on July 1, 1952. Producer Duke Goldstone mounted a filmed version for syndication in 1955, and sold it to scores of local stations. The widespread exposure of the syndicated Liberace series made the pianist more popular and prosperous than ever. His brother George often appeared as guest violinist. Liberace signed off each broadcast with the song "I'll Be Seeing You." This show was also one of the first to be shown on UK commercial television in the 1950's where it was broadcast on Sunday afternoon's by Lew Grade's ATV company. This exposure gave Liberace a dedicated following in the UK. George Liberace, elder brother of famed US entertainer Liberace, was born July 31, 1911 in Menasha, Wisconsin. ...


Liberace became known for his extravagant costumes, personal charm, and self-deprecating wit. His public image became linked with one ever-present stage prop, a silver candelabrum perched on his piano. By 1955 he was making $50,000 per week at the Riviera nightclub in Las Vegas and had over 160 official fan clubs with a quarter of a million member fans (who throughout his career were mostly middle-aged women). He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 for his contributions to the television industry. A candlestick or candelabrum is a decorative holder for one or more candles, often shaped as a column or pedestal. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


In 1966 he appeared in two highly-rated episodes of the U.S. television series Batman. During the 1970s his appearances included guest roles on episodes of Here's Lucy and Kojak. In a cameo on The Monkees he appeared at an avant-garde art gallery as himself, gleefully smashing a grand piano with a sledgehammer as Mike Nesmith looked on and cringed in mock-agony. This article is about the 1960s television series. ... TV Guide cover, promoting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons famous appearance on a 1970 episode of Heres Lucy Heres Lucy was Lucille Balls third network television sitcom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ...


Liberace was also the guest star in an episode of The Muppet Show. His performances included a "Concerto for the Birds" and an amusing rendition of "Chopsticks." In the 1980s he guest starred on television shows such as Saturday Night Live (on a 10th-season episode hosted by Hulk Hogan and Mr. T), The Tonight Show and the 1984 film Special People. The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the American television series. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... This article is about the actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Recordings

He released several recordings through Columbia Records (later on Dot and through direct television advertising) and sold over 2,000,000 records in 1953 alone. Liberace's highly colored style of piano playing was characterized by some critics as fluid and lyrical but technically careless. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Dot Records was an American record label which was active between 1950 and 1977. ...


Films

Liberace appeared as a guest star in two compilation features for RKO Radio Pictures. Footlight Varieties was an imitation-vaudeville hour released in 1951; a little-known sequel, Merry Mirthquakes (1953), featured Liberace as master of ceremonies. The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ...


He was at the height of his career in 1955 when he starred in the Warner Brothers feature Sincerely Yours with Dorothy Malone, playing 31 songs. The film (about a concert pianist who loses his hearing) was a commercial and critical failure, which was attributed in part to his having been overexposed on television. Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Warner Bros. ... Sincerely Yours is the sophomore album by R&B/OPM group, One Vo1ce. ... Promotional photo for Malone Dorothy Malone (born January 30, 1925) is an American actress. ...


In 1965, he had a small part in the movie When the Boys Meet the Girls starring Connie Francis, essentially playing himself. Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Connie Francis (born December 12, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American pop singer best known for international hit songs such as Whos Sorry Now?, Where The Boys Are, and Everybodys Somebodys Fool. She is known to have one of the most distinct voices in the...


In 1966, Liberace received kudos for his brief role as a casket salesman in the film adaptation of The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh's satire of the funeral business and movie industry in Southern California. It was the only film Liberace made in which he did not play the piano. Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Loved One is a 1965 film based on The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (1948) a short satirical novel by Evelyn Waugh about the funeral business in Los Angeles. ... The Loved One was also a short movie directed by wrestler Mick Foley chronicling the rise to success of his character Dude Love. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... This article is about the region of Southern California. ...


Lawsuits

His fame in the U.S. was paralleled for a time in the UK. In 1957 an article in The Daily Mirror by veteran columnist Cassandra (William Connor) mentioned that Liberace was "...the summit of sex--the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Everything that he, she, and it can ever want... a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavored, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love," a description which did everything it could to imply he was homosexual without saying so. Liberace sued the newspaper for libel, testified in a London court that he was not a homosexual, had never taken part in homosexual acts, and won the suit. But he did acknowlege his homosexual orientation and told his lifetime partner to keep it a secret until he died. Alternate newspaper: The Daily Mirror (Australia) The Daily Mirror is a British tabloid daily newspaper. ... Sir William Neil Connor (26 April 1909 - 6 April 1967), was a left-wing journalist for The Daily Mirror who wrote under the pseudonym of Cassandra. ... In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ...


For years Liberace had joked, "I don't mind the bad reviews, but George (his brother and business partner) cries all the way to the bank." The £8,000 ($22,400) damages he received from The Daily Mirror led Liberace to alter this catchphrase to "I cried all the way to the bank!"[2] George Liberace, elder brother of famed US entertainer Liberace, was born July 31, 1911 in Menasha, Wisconsin. ...


In 1982, Liberace's live-in boyfriend of some five years, Scott Thorson, sued the pianist for $113 million in palimony after an acrimonious split-up. Liberace continued to publicly deny that he was homosexual. In 1984, most of Thorson's claim was dismissed although he received a $95,000 settlement.[3] Later in the decade Thorson emerged as a pivotal witness in the prosecution of reputed gangster Eddie Nash in the 1981 quadruple murders of the Wonderland Gang. Scott Thorson was born in 1958 and purported to be Liberaces lover for five years. ... Palimony is a slang term coined by attorney Marvin Mitchelson in 1977 when his client Michelle Marvin (the former Michelle Triola) filed an unsuccessful suit against actor Lee Marvin. ... Eddie Nash (b. ... The Wonderland Gang was an organization of drug dealers who operated in the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ...


Later career

Liberace Museum, Las Vegas, 2003

In 1960 Liberace performed at the London Palladium with Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. (this was the first televised "command performance", now known as "The Royal Variety Show" for Queen Elizabeth II). His career then went into a slump but he skillfully built it back up by appealing directly to his fan base through live appearances in Las Vegas and elsewhere. Liberace was a favorite subject of tabloid magazines throughout his life and he published an autobiography in 1973. Liberace owned an antique store for some years in Beverly Hills, California. In 1982 he guest starred on one of his own favorite television programs, "Lives...of the curious" on the renowned two parted, "The Mystery of Mother's Murder." He had a keen interest in cooking, often preparing meals for friends and associates. In addition, he owned a restaurant in Las Vegas for many years and even published cookbooks, the most famous of these being Liberace Cooks, with co-author cookbook guru Carol Truax. The book features recipes "from his seven dining rooms" (of his Hollywood home). ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1792x1200, 484 KB) Summary Liberace Museum. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1792x1200, 484 KB) Summary Liberace Museum. ... The Liberace Museum is located Clark County, Nevada and houses many of Liberaces stage costumes, cars, jewelry, lavishly-decorated pianos, and numerous citations for philanthropic acts. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Sammy Davis, Jr. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Carol Truax was an American music administrator and also an author of many cookbooks. ...


Throughout the 1970s Liberace's live shows were major box office attractions in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton and Lake Tahoe where he would earn $300,000 a week. These glitzy shows were a continued success for over a decade, helped along by infrequent but flamboyant television appearances and the opening of a promotional museum of his extravagant jewelry and stage costumes in 1979. For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... The Las Vegas Hilton is a hotel, casino, and convention center in Las Vegas, Nevada owned by Colony Capital. ... Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains of the United States. ...


Death

Liberace's final stage performance was at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on November 2, 1986. He died when a rectal suppository exploded at the age of 67 on February 4, 1987 at his winter house in Palm Springs, California. His obvious weight loss in the months prior to his death was attributed to a "watermelon diet" by his longtime and steadfast manager Seymour Heller. But he had been in ill health since 1985 with other health problems including emphysema from his daily smoking off-stage, as well as heart and liver troubles. How and exactly when he became HIV+ has never been determined, as Liberace vehemently denied that he had AIDS or that he was homosexual. At the end of his life, still convinced that his fans were unaware of his sexuality or the disease he was battling, he confided in Heller his belief that if his fans knew, "that's all they'll remember about me." He is entombed in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. Radio City Music Hall at Christmas 2005 Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California desert resort city, approximately 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles and 140 miles (225 km) northeast of San Diego. ... Seymour Heller (September 9, 1914 - October 8, 2001), was an American talent agent and artist manager. ... This article is about the year. ... The heart and lungs, from an older edition of Grays Anatomy. ... For the bird, see Liver bird. ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles, California, on the south edge of the San Fernando Valley by Burbank (and on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains from Hollywood). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas contains many of his stage costumes, cars, jewelry, and lavishly-decorated pianos, along with numerous citations for philanthropic acts. The Liberace Museum is located Clark County, Nevada and houses many of Liberaces stage costumes, cars, jewelry, lavishly-decorated pianos, and numerous citations for philanthropic acts. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... The term costume can refer to wardrobe and dress in general, or to the distinctive style of dress of a particular people, class, or period. ... Cars can refer to: Cars (film), a Disney/Pixar movie released in 2006 Cars (video game), a cross platform video game based on the 2006 film Cars (song), a hit song by Gary Numan CARS, the acronym The Cars, an American new wave band. ... Jewelry (the American spelling; spelled jewellery in Commonwealth English) consists of ornamental devices worn by persons, typically made with gems and precious metals. ... The piano Piano is a common abbreviation for pianoforte, a large musical instrument with a keyboard (see keyboard instrument). ... Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective. ...


Publications

1. Autobiographies

  • Liberace: An Autobiography, by Liberace. Putnam and Co. Ltd, New York, 1973. (hardcover)
  • The Things I Love, by Liberace with Tony Palmer (editor). Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1976 (hardcover)
  • The Wonderful Private World of Liberace, by Liberace and Michael Segell. Harper and Row, New York, 1986 (hardcover)

2. Biographies

  • The Liberace Story, by Chester Whitehorn (editor). Screen Publications Inc, New York, 1955 (softcover - #4 in the Candid Profile series)
  • Liberace: On Stage and Off, by Anthony Monahan. GRT Music Productions, Sunnyvale California, 1976 (hardcover)
  • Liberace: The True Story, by Bob Thomas. St. Martins Press, New York, 1987 (hardcover)
  • Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, by Scott Thorson with Alex Thorleifson. E.P. Dutton, New York, 1988. (hardcover)
  • Liberace: A Bio-Bibliography, by Jocelyn Faris. Greenwood Press, Westport CT, 1995
  • Liberace: An American Boy, by Darden Asbury Pyron. University of Chicago Press, 2000, (hardcover)
  • Liberace (Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians), by Ray Mungo and Martin B. Duberman. Chelsea House Publications

3. Cooking Ray Mungo (Raymond Mungo) (b. ...

  • Liberace Cooks, by Carol Truax. Doubleday, New York, 1970 (hardcover)
  • Cookbook of the Stars, Motion Picture Mothers, Hollywood, 1970. (A collection of recipes by Hollywood stars including Liberace, Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Katharine Ross, Mary Tyler Moore, Don Knotts, and more)
  • Joy of Liberace: Retro Recipes from Amercia's Kitchiest Kitchen, by Michael Feder and Karan Feder. Angel City Press, 2007 (hardcover)
  • Delicious Recipes from Liberace's #1 Cook, by Gladys Luckie.

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  • The Ghost of Liberace - New Writing Scotland 11 (an anthology), A.L Kennedy (editor) and Hamish Whyte (editor), Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1993. (paperback)
  • Why My Mother Likes Liberace: a Musical Selection, by Diane Wakoski. (Comparing poetry to music: 13 poems by Wakoski, with line drawings of pianos by Rebecca Gaver). Sun / Gemini Press, Tucson, Arizona, 1985.

5. Compilations

6. Music books Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Arthur Buchwald (October 20, 1925 – January 17, 2007) was an American humorist best known for his long-running column that he wrote in The Washington Post, which in turn was carried as a syndicated column in many other newspapers. ... Erica Jong (née Mann, born March 26, 1942, in New York City, New York) is an American author and educator. ... John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb April 14, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter and was one of the leading country female vocalists during the 1960s and 1970s and overall is revered as a country icon. ... Dyan Cannon (born Samille Diane Freisen on January 4, 1937) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. ... Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ... Dr. Spock with his grand-daughter Susannah in 1967 Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 - March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. ... Irving Wallace (March 19, 1916 - June 29, 1990) was an American bestselling author and screenwriter. ... MAE-West is a major Internet peering point located in San Jose, California. ... Butterfield and Butterfield was a large American auction house, founded in 1865 by William Butterfield in San Francisco. ... The Christies auction house in South Kensington, London Christies American branch in Rockefeller Center, New York Christies is a fine art auction house, the largest and by some accounts the oldest in the world. ...

  • Liberace Deluxe Big Note Song Book, Shattinger International Music, New York, 1977 (Spirax paperback).
  • Liberace by Candlelight – Piano Music of Liberace, Edwin H. Morris & Co. (paperback)
  • Liberace Popular Standards, New York: Charles Hansen Music & Books

7. Miscellaneous

  • Liberace: Your Personal Fashion Consultant, by Michael Feder and Karan Feder. Abrams Image, 2007 (paperback).

References in popular culture

  • Entertainers inspired by him include Little Richard (who called himself "the bronze Liberace"), James Brown (who also cited Gorgeous George as a stage influence), and Elton John, whose costumes early in his career often included feathers and furs as Liberace's sometimes did and is called "The Liberace of Rock and Roll" for his flamboyant style, having Robin Williams mentioning that John makes Liberace look Amish.
  • Several Looney Tunes cartoons (and other theatrical cartoons) have either caricatured Liberace or used his catchphrase, "I wish my brother George was here," most notably in the Bugs Bunny cartoons "Wideo Wabbit" and "Hyde and Hare" and the musical cartoon "The Three Little Bops" ("The Three Little Bops" also has a line that goes "The piano playing pig was swinging like a gate/Doin' Liberace on the 88," before the pig says, "I wish my brother George was here.")
  • In 1954, cartoonist Al Capp sent a letter to Liberace, addressing his intention to portray him in his comic strip Li'l Abner as "Liverachy". Liberace's lawyers contacted Capp, informing him not to do so. Capp went ahead anyway, changing the name to "Loverboynik". About the character, Capp stated "Loverboynik is not Liberace because he can play the piano quite well and he doesn't giggle hysterically." [1]
  • In 1988, actor Victor Garber starred as the performer in "Liberace: Behind the Music" which is a LGBT-related biographical film based on his life.

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. ... For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ... George Raymond Wagner, or Gorgeous George (March 24, 1915 - December 26, 1963) was a professional wrestler. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... This article is about Old Order Amish, but also refers to other Amish sects. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... I do Lil Abner!!, a self-portrait by Al Capp, excerpted from the April 16-17 1951 Lil Abner strips. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Lil Abner was a comic strip in United States newspapers, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the town of Dogpatch. ... Victor Joseph Garber (born on March 16, 1949 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a six-time Emmy Award-nominated Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. ... The initialism LGBT also GLBT is in use (since the 1990s) to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... Whose Line Is It Anyway? (sometimes abbreviated to Whose Line? or WLIIA?) is a short-form improvisational comedy show. ...

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Liberace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2449 words)
Liberace was born in West Allis, Wisconsin, and grew up in a musical family of Polish-Italian heritage.
Liberace sued the newspaper for libel, testified in a London court that he was not a homosexual, had never taken part in homosexual acts, and won the suit.
Liberace was a favorite subject of tabloid magazines throughout his life and he published an autobiography in 1973.
Liberace - Music Downloads - Online (665 words)
Bio: Liberace (born Wladziu Valentino Liberace) was the most flamboyant, popular easy listening pianist of the '60s and '70s by a wide margin.
Liberace was exceptionally gifted at piano, earning strong words of praise from Ignace Paderewski, which helped him land a scholarship at the Wisconsin College of Music at the age of seven; he retained his scholarship for 17 years, the longest period of time in the history of the academy.
Liberace didn't have any more pop hits in the '60s,'70s, and '80s, yet he continued to sell out concerts around the world and sell a number of records, even though he never earned the favor of the critics.
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