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Behind the Candelabra
     

Behind the Candelabra

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by Scott Thorson
 
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

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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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016642284
Publisher:
Tantor eBooks
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
81,662
File size:
672 KB

Meet the Author

Scott Thorson became famous for his relationship with and lawsuit against Liberace and his testimony against gangster Eddie Nash. He currently lives in New England. Alex Thorleifson is a freelance journalist. Her first book, John Wayne: My Life with the Duke, was written with Pilar Wayne.

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Behind the Candelabra 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The writer really does a great job of painting Liberace's early life and his relationship with his mother which really helped shape the man he would become. It is a very well written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can feel the pain Scott is going through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written informational book. I feel bad for Scot he never seems to get a break.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight into Liberaces overindulgence of eveything. The author, to his credibility, made the story more about Liberace than himself. When he talked about his own entitlement or how he himself was getting screwed over, I couldnt help thinking what a spoiled, overindulgent man he had become. If he were my lover and turned into a drug addict, I would lose interest in him too. I cannot believe the public couldnt see Liberace was gay. He had an uncanny way of keeping that hidden. I appreciated the insight this book offered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written by Scott with much respect and insight into their relationship. His account is very believable. His sincerity seems to come through with his every word. I do not generally read bios, but I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book. It was well written and easy to breeze through. I liked this book because I like reading celebrity biographies. Liberace and his music was not part of my generation, but I do remember who he was in the 80's and when he died. Even though, I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't know he spent his whole life trying to cover up the fact that he was gay. I only knew he was a flamboyant panio player and was gay. Now that I read the book, I will watch the movie which I have had taped on the DVR since I got the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i watched the movie and it was good but now I want to read the book !
CarLee72 More than 1 year ago
Another point of view - I suggest you read before you see the movie.
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I was not sure how I felt about Scott after reading this book. Part of me wants to feel bad about he went through, but the other part of me feels that he liked the money and things that Liberace gave him. He could of said no and did not
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Poorly written, redundant. Seems Scott only wanted money for publishing a book.
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I wish they could have found happiness.
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Arizona1 More than 1 year ago
Fun and interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very interesting book that Scott Thorson co-authored. There were very clear examples of how shallow and self centered were both Mr. Thorson and Liberace. Ok, I bought the book and because I bought it, I read it.
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This is really the worst book I have ever read. Do not waste your time. Holy crap. No stars.