Before Rihanna and Beyonce there was Sting, Prince, Madonna and Cher.
In Ancient History (my time frame) there was Fabio, Twiggy and LIBERACE.
Happy Birthday, Liberace! I wish we could have seen the old queen at age 96, but he died in 1987, before his 68th birthday.
A few generations missed “Mr. Showmanship” as he was known for many decades.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest paid entertainer in the world. IN THE WORLD!
He was more flamboyant than Elton John and as talented as most concert pianists.
Those were strange years for gay performers. Everyone knew he was gay but if he would have acknowledged his homosexuality, like Elton John, he would have played to empty rooms.
The Daily Mirror and Confidential Magazine both ran articles about his male lovers and his gayness. Liberace sued them and won big settlements. Those were the days. His lawsuit stated that their accusations hurt him and made him cry. After the settlement he said “I cried all the way to the bank.” He used that term for thirty years.
He had SIX Gold albums, TWO Emmys and TWO stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His motto, “Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful” was how he lived his life. He spent money on an extravagant lifestyle, yet still had an estate valued at over one hundred ten million when he died.
For those of you who want to reminisce and for those who have never seen the “fabulous” Liberace…ENJOY!