Scott Thorson

Behind the Candelabra

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***Now a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon***

Liberace's lover tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer, who never publically admitted he was gay.

Scott Thorson, a poor boy from a succession of foster homes, met Liberace when he was just 16 years old. Liberace, aged 57, took Scott under his wing as 'the son he'd never had'. By the time Scott was 17, he was also Liberace's lover.

Liberace lived life by his credo 'too much of a good thing is wonderful' and Scott shared in it: the fur coats, the Rolls-Royces, the jewellery, the celebrity friends, the 26 lap dogs. A more opulent lifestyle is hard to imagine but it came at a price: Liberace sent Scott to his plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image.

By turns bizarre, shocking and touchingly intimate, Behind the Candelabra is a compulsive insight in to Liberace, the man behind the flamboyant performer whose successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, a man given to every excess.

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    anat einharshared an impression2 years ago

    Amazing memoir must read


    anat einharhas quoted2 years ago
    Lee went for laughs and seemed to delight in poking fun at himself. When the act called for him to dance with the Rockettes famous high-stepping chorus line he said, “I’m no good—but I’ve got guts!” He and Ray Arnett created a new act every few years, but certain tried-and-true schticks never varied. Flashing diamonds on every finger, he’d tell an audience to “Look all you like. After all, you bought them.” At the end of the act he’d walk to center stage, grin confidingly, and say, “I’ve had so much fun tonight, that honestly, I’m ashamed to take the money.”

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