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Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace Perfect Paperback – Print, May 14, 2013
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In 1977, the 18-year-old Thorson became "lover, friend and confidant" of the 57-year-old Liberace, a relationship that would continue until 1982. Here, with Thorleifson (coauthor of John Wayne) he relates the sorry, seamy tale of his "callous" eviction from the performer's Las Vegas penthouse in favor of a teenager and the public brouhaha that followed when he filed a palimony suit. The book is uncomfortably candid with revelations about "Lee"who was driven to experience sexual variety with younger males, even as he continued to publicly deny his homosexualityand Thorson's protestations that he was unfairly branded a street hustler by the tabloid press. Although the acrimonious suit was ultimately settled (the provisions were kept secret), Thorson notes that he has written this memoir because "I need the money." His bitterness at Liberace, who died of AIDS in 1987, lessens at the end of the book, and with back-handed gratitude he concludes: "Leaving Lee . . . may have saved my life." Photos.
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"This memoir by Liberace's longtime lover has been made into a biopic. . . . Peter Berkrot provides a direct and unadorned narration." ---AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Clearly Lee was hugely talented but a man of questionable taste who made sure that the world knew he had made it. No false modesty here, this book does unashamedly portray him as a man whose motivation was purely for fame and adulation.The book does provide interesting snippets. Lee's extraordinary lack of motivation to be a benefactor to the less fortunate on a bigger scale, which was because he simply wanted so much for himself. And then there is the issue of gay 'coming out' that is put into an historical perspective, allowing the reader to contemplate some of the man made prejudices and horrors that meant - and still mean - so many gay people in the public eye are unable to lead an honest, transparent and fulfilling life. Each individual reader will have to make his/her own mind up as to whether Liberace was justified in his behaviour or not. After reading this revealing but sad book, I certainly have made my own decision that he would not have been anyone I would have enjoyed meeting.
It'd be amusing to see how the movie portrays the story.