June 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Liberace's old off-Strip mansion is up for sale for a veritable song, but is the property fabulous or a decrepit fixer-upper? Built in 1962, the once-lavish 14,939-square-foot spread sits on a half-acre lot near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and features two bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and several large areas for entertaining. There are flashes of the legendary pizazz once embodied by Liberace, whose life was the subject of the recent HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” which details the eccentric entertainer's secretive romance with former chauffeur and lover Scott Thorson.
May 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - When the news broke in 1987 that Liberace, the famously flamboyant pianist, was dead at age 67 with what his manager had claimed was anemia brought on by a watermelon diet but was, in fact, AIDS, it made front-page headlines around the country. It was a fitting tribute for a world-famous entertainer who just a few months earlier had played three weeks of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. A generation later, the man known as "Mr. Showmanship" is widely seen more as an avatar of kitsch than a true showbiz legend, someone whose sad death and campy image seem like relics of a less tolerant era. The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, which once welcomed 450,000 people a year, closed in 2010, no longer able to attract enough visitors to keep the lights on. But that's set to change when "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas as a sexually voracious Liberace and Matt Damon as his coke-addled, much-younger lover, debuts May 26 on HBO. More than 13 years in the making, the film chronicles the unconventional relationship between the men: Scott Thorson, a former foster kid who reshaped his face with plastic surgery to look more like Liberace, later filed a multimillion-dollar palimony suit against the star.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1986
A supermarket tabloid showed "clear indications of actual malice" when it printed a 1982 article that allegedly libeled Scott Thorson, the reputed lover of pianist Liberace, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Tuesday. The multimillion-dollar suit involves an article published in the Globe that claimed that Thorson was a boy prostitute and had sex with his foster father.
July 13, 1988 |
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Scott Thorson--a former lover of Liberace who filed a palimony suit against the late entertainer in 1982--pleaded guilty Monday to a robbery charge that carries a three-year state prison sentence. Thorson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24. Prosecutors said Thorson and four other men robbed a man and a woman in a Hollywood apartment last September of money and cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1988
A former Las Vegas dancer who sued entertainer Liberace for palimony was arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on three felony robbery counts stemming from a holdup at a Los Angeles apartment Sept. 23. Police said Scott Thorson, 29, who was arrested Feb. 3, had associated with members of the Van Ness Gangsters, a gang that staged a series of drug-related robberies, taking money and cocaine.
May 24, 2013 |
Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" was preceded by so much fuss over the casting of Michael Douglas as bedazzled pianist icon Liberace and Matt Damon as the entertainer's young lover Scott Thorson, that you'd have thought the duo did something other than act for a living. Yes, biopics are hard, and Liberace was quite a character. That elfin face and sweet whine of a voice appear so at odds with his carefully controlled career. And certainly not every actor can convincingly rock sequined pants and an ermine cape.