Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace by Scott Thorson, Alex Thorleifson

By Scott Thorson, Alex Thorleifson

During this surprisingly frank publication Scott Thorson tells all: the nice, the undesirable, and the grotesque truths a couple of mythical entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to avoid public wisdom of his homosexuality. Liberace's unsatisfied formative years, ruled by way of a mom decided to strength him right into a live performance occupation, serves because the prologue for a narrative that is going directly to aspect Liberace s early appearances in honky-tonks, his movement to manhattan to hunt reputation, and, eventually, his first reserving in Las Vegas, the place he was once courted by way of the Mafia. His successes create a brilliant counterpoint to a darker story of a guy hungry for strength, given to each extra. Liberace's credo "too a lot of a superb factor is wonderful" is mirrored the following in his acquisition of latest fanatics, sumptuous houses, a wide choice of pornography, and a complete of twenty-six apartment canines. in the back of the Candelabra additionally unearths the main points of the essentially gentle love affair among Liberace and Thorson whom Liberace despatched to his personal plastic medical professional to have his face reworked in Liberace's personal photo! This fast paced tale, sprinkled with anecdotes approximately well-known entertainers akin to Michael Jackson and Shirley MacLaine, ends with an intimate examine Liberace's ultimate days as he lay demise of AIDS and his deathbed reconciliation with Scott.

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I heard a slight gurgle, and watched as she took her last breath. indd 21 4/7/11 8:16:43 AM fraud fighter restroom’s window. Several other people and I rushed to her side, but I knew it was too late; she was already dead. I didn’t find out why someone so innocent-looking would take her own life. And other than my mother’s death, which occurred many years later, this was the only time I have seen anyone die in front of me. It’s something that you never forget. Around the same time, I read in the paper that some fellow swan-dived out of a building in El Paso and landed in a huge exhaust fan.

But all was for naught; our files reflected nothing. I then turned over the list of several hundred names to my INS counterpart, Sol Solzberg, asking him to search their records. I liked Sol very much even though he was an odd sort. Not too long after I was assigned to New York, we agreed to meet for the first time at a convenient breakfast place. ” I asked. “I saw you standing on the corner,” Solzberg said. “Two things: First, you waited for the traffic light to turn green before you crossed. Second, you didn’t look down for dog poop before proceeding.

None of these people had moved from New York; it was all a ruse to get their files transferred to Newark so Klegmeir could approve the green cards. With this knowledge, I attempted to interview Yee. It came as no surprise when he declined. I went back to Rudy’s office with my new information. “You’re on to something, Joe,” Giuliani said. ” It was just what I was hoping for. To apply some additional pressure, Sol had managed to conjure up a few technical violations of INS regulations on the part of Yee.

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