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Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace | [Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson]

Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace

In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the 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.
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Publisher's Summary

In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the 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.

As Thorson attests, such successes provide 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 26 house dogs.

Behind the Candelabra above all explores 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 Thorson. Thorson's story will also appear in the upcoming biopic of the same name starring award-winning actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

©1988, 2013 Scott Thorson with Alex Thorleifson (P)2013 Tantor

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    Julie Gladstone, OR, United States 05-29-13
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up Behind the Candelabra in three words, what would they be?

    This was very informative and entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story of Liberace and Scott and then Scott's removal from Liberace's life


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 06-18-14
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 06-18-14 Member Since 2009

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    "hedonistic, excessive buying, no family unity"

    I could not finish this. I found no redeeming or good reason to continue to read about a life dedicated to buying more and bigger. I guess it's a book about a life completely out of balance and self centered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Adair Spring Hill, TN 06-16-14
    K. Adair Spring Hill, TN 06-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story had no flow or rhythm. I couldn't decide if it was bad writing or bad narration or both.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

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    "interesting read..I was left feeling sorry for all"
    What did you love best about Behind the Candelabra?

    The narrator was able to make me feel like the actual characters were in the room with me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was easy to guess


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The guilty queen


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