Behind the Candelabra [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Behind the Candelabra

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016642284
  • Publisher: Tantor eBooks
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 33,256
  • File size: 657 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

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    This is a great book. The writer really does a great job of pain

    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.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Beleivable

    You can feel the pain Scott is going through

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    great

    This is a well written informational book. I feel bad for Scot he never seems to get a break.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Insight into Liberace's extravagance

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    i watched the movie and it was good but now I want to read the b

    i watched the movie and it was good but now I want to read the book !

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Awesome book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Holy crap

    This is really the worst book I have ever read. Do not waste your time. Holy crap. No stars.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Good Book for people who like celebrity biographies

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    I could have spent my money much more wisely

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Very interesting

    Another point of view - I suggest you read before you see the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Not sure

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Not worth the money

    Poorly written, redundant. Seems Scott only wanted money for publishing a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Very sad story. They were really a broken couple.

    I wish they could have found happiness.

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    Fun and interesting book.

    Fun and interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Birdkit's info stand

    Plz state ur name and biznus. After that, go to result three and pay with fresh-kill.

    0 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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