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Behind the Candelabra
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Scott Thorson (born 1958) met Liberace in 1976 and they were together for the next 9 years: 5 years as lovers, and 4 as co-respondents in a $113 million palimony lawsuit. They were reconcilled shortly before Liberace's death from AIDS in 1987.

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'It wasn't always a film but it was always a drama ... sensational' The Times.
'I haven't been involved in a movie where there's been so much attention beforehand' Michael Douglas.
'A champagne-dunked celebration of the excesses that made the man ... we're going to have a ball with this one' Guardian.
'A fascinating study in one man's ability to create his own rhinestone-studded reality' The Sunday Times.

National attitudes about those who are GLBT are trending positive these days. Not so for Thorson back in the 1970s and 1980s, when as entertainer Liberace's lover he lived inside an opulent, yet claustrophobic, closet. Liberace, a pianist whose trademark candelabra and overall fabulousness made him a television legend and Las Vegas mainstay, was unwilling to come out in that less-forgiving era. "Lee," as friends called him, maintained a media firewall that lasted until just before his AIDS-related death in 1987. Well before then, Thorson had unsuccessfully tried to sue Liberace for palimony after he was dumped for a younger lover. Peter Berkrot's experienced narration keeps the pace brisk and nails Liberace's distinctive nasal delivery. Liberace might have been difficult to live with, but, oh, how the champagne flowed. Verdict Recommended, in particular for those who recall Liberace's shows. The recent HBO movie based on the book and starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon should build interest.-Kelly Sinclair, Temple P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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