Known as Mr. Showmanship, Wladziu Valentino Liberace made millions of dollars entertaining audiences with his flamboyant performances. In honor of what would have been his th birthday on May 16, here are 13 facts about the entertainer.
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Born in Wisconsin inLiberace appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age He later began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes with ornate pianos and candelabra, playing primarily popular music. Very successful, he hosted his own TV variety series, The Liberace Show —55,and appeared in films such as Sincerely Yours In later years he performed frequently in Las Vegas.
But Palm Springs was integral to his personal and professional life. When death seemed imminent, his attorney, Joel Strote, said Liberace chose his Palm Springs home to die because "I think he wanted to rest in the place he loves. He's always thinking about his fans.
At the height of his fame, from the s to the s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world,  with established concert residencies in Las Vegasand an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the nickname "Mr. He had three surviving siblings: a brother George who was a violinista sister Angelina, and younger brother Rudy Rudolph Valentino Liberace, so named—after the actor —due to his mother's interest in showbusiness.
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