Liberace

ADAM LAMBERT IS THE MODERN LIBERACE

This how Adam Lambert looked while walking around New York this week and we couldn’t help being reminded of Liberace! Back in the 1960’s, Liberace was an extremely flamboyant Las Vegas entertainer with a penchant for fur coats, glittery sport jackets, and feather CAPES. He also flaunted a lacquered high pompadour – comparable to Adam’s hair. Liberace insisted he was NOT gay his entire life. He even sued a UK paper for implying he WAS, and won a considerable amount of money. Before he died Liberace was sued by a 22 year old ex-boyfriend/chauffeur for palimony and they settled out of court. Adam, who never leaves the house without eyeliner, waited until after he LOST on American Idol to talk about being gay. Would he have confessed if he had WON first place on the show? Probably…

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YOU CAN LIVE LIKE LIBERACE FOR $500,000

It’s hard to believe that Liberace’s Las Vegas mansion built in 1962, is on the market for $530,000. Before the real estate crash the house sold for 3.5 million. But the house is a gigantic 15,000 sq ft, with only two huge bedrooms and ten bathrooms! A lot of the house seems dedicated to entertaining. Many of Liberace’s touches still remain – check out that bedroom ceiling mural. We knew real estate values in Las Vegas have suffered, but this is astonishing.
Source: The Las Vegas Sun

TODAY: SCOTT THORSON WAS ITCHING TO GOSSIP, BUT SAVANNAH GUTHRIE WASN’T

We were prepared to hear some juicy stuff when Scott Thorson appeared on the Today show this morning. He’s been in jail on credit card charges since “Behind the Candelabra” aired about his relationship with Liberace, and he finally got bailed out by Dennis Hof, the pimp who operates the bunny Ranch. Thorson was eager to dish, but Savannah Guthrie dropped the ball and didn’t give him a chance. She spent their short interview asking him how he liked the HBO movie and didn’t even MENTION Scott’s recent blockbuster claim that he had an affair with Michael Jackson! Hopefully a more savvy reporter will soon get their hands on Scott and get some real scoop.

SCOTT THORSON CLAIMS TO HAVE BEEN MICHAEL JACKSON’S LOVER TOO! AND HE MIGHT BE TELLING THE TRUTH!

Another reason for Paris Jackson to extend her stay in that mental hospital. Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson, is currently in the news because he was responsible for the book “Behind the Candelabra” on which our favorite HBO movie was based. Thorson says that Michael Jackson was friendly with Liberace and joined Liberace at his Palm Springs compound to recover from plastic surgery in privacy. Thorson says he was introduced to Michael in the late 70’s and he claims eventually they began a secret affair that lasted six or seven years! The photos above include Liberace, Scott Thorson, and Michael Jackson along with an English eccentric who loved cars, Lord Montagu, who was jailed in 1954 for having homosexual sex. Eventually bisexual Montagu was instrumental in decriminalizing homosexuality in Britain.

OBSESSION: WHAT LIBERACE HAD IN COMMON WITH CALVIN KLEIN!

While watching the delicious HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” we were struck by the similarities between Liberace’s relationship with Scott Thorson, and Calvin Klein’s relationship with Nick Gruber. It’s the SAME story without the mink and rhinestones! Not long ago, Nick was shopping around a book about their time together and we managed to learn many of the details. Both Nick and Scott grew up in foster homes and were young and naïve when they met their celebrity boyfriends-to-be. Both Liberace and Calvin showered gifts upon their lovers- jewelry, designer clothing, and cars. (Which they eventually took BACK.) Liberace and Calvin both talked about “adopting” their boyfriends and they both had large and sometimes unusual, sex appetites. Both urged their lovers to take diet pills and had plastic surgery with them. Both young men eventually felt “trapped” like birds in a gilded cage, and turned to drugs. Drug use got both boyfriends kicked out and left stranded. Nick, who also claims to be bisexual, ALMOST followed in Scott’s footsteps and published his book, but last we heard he and Calvin were back together and on vacation.

BACK IN TV HISTORY, LIBERACE ATTEMPTED TO OUTSMART BATMAN!

Here’s something to whet your appetite for the Liberace HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” premiering this weekend. Our brainy friend Chris Nichols, who writes the Ask Chris column (among other things) for Los Angeles Magazine, sent us this hilarious campy 1966 episode of Batman in which Liberace plays twin piano playing villains, and one seems to be a LOT straighter than the other. You’ll also see a trio of gorgeous girl criminals who look very familiar (is the brunette Edy Williams?) Let us know if you figure out who they are…

LIBERACE’S EX-BOYFRIEND SCOTT THORSON IS SITTING IN JAIL

Leave it to the Enquirer to dig up some dirt on Liberace’s boyfriend Scott Thorson right before the HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” is scheduled to air in May. Thorson was Liberace’s boyfriend and wrote the book about Liberace on which the movie is based. He might be in jail when the movie airs – but not for drugs this time. Thorson (who now uses the name Jess Marlowe) was arrested in Reno after he “found” a wallet containing credit cards and promptly used them to run up bills all around town. Thorson, who is suffering from anal cancer, says the “Candelabra” cast and crew ignored him when he visited the set. (Above, Scott Thorson’s mug shot)

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA- “TOO GAY” IS BETTER THAN “NOT GAY ENOUGH”

We wonder if the studio executives who turned DOWN the Liberace story “Behind the Candelabra” (we bet they were men) because they felt it was “too gay” are sorry now that HBO has this great looking Steven Soderbergh movie. The movie, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, debuts on May 26 and chances are it will be a ratings bonanza.

LIBERACE PAVED THE WAY FOR BARBRA STREISAND’S LAS VEGAS SUCCESS

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Barbra Streisand is in Las Vegas this weekend and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Norm Clarke reminisced about her FIRST appearance there in 1963. She was the OPENING ACT for Liberace from July 2 to Aug 4 in 1963 at the Riviera. The ladies who adored Liberace didn’t warm up to Barbra, then 21, and her first two nights were disastrous. So Liberace started introducing her at the beginning of the show as his “discovery” and raved about her talent. After that great buildup people started paying attention to Barbra, and the rest is history.