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Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace [Format Kindle]

Scott Thorson
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***Now a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon***

Liberace's lover tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer, who never publically admitted he was gay.

Scott Thorson, a poor boy from a succession of foster homes, met Liberace when he was just 16 years old. Liberace, aged 57, took Scott under his wing as 'the son he'd never had'. By the time Scott was 17, he was also Liberace's lover.

Liberace lived life by his credo 'too much of a good thing is wonderful' and Scott shared in it: the fur coats, the Rolls-Royces, the jewellery, the celebrity friends, the 26 lap dogs. A more opulent lifestyle is hard to imagine but it came at a price: Liberace sent Scott to his plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image.

By turns bizarre, shocking and touchingly intimate, Behind the Candelabra is a compulsive insight in to Liberace, the man behind the flamboyant performer whose successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, a man given to every excess.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 961 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 245 pages
  • Editeur : Head of Zeus (1 juin 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1781856702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781856703
  • ASIN: B00CXN3A90
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating and repellant 10 novembre 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If it were a pure invention, it would seem incredible. Sure not a masterpiece of writing, it is none the less a captivating story, of self delusion and dependancy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I knew him 23 septembre 2012
Par Kemble W. Scatchard - Publié sur Amazon.com
The book is closer to the truth than one might think. I first met Scott and Liberace through one of my dearest friends, Ray Arnett, who produced and directed the Liberace Show for 30 years. He said he always felt sorry for Scott and that he (Scott) was treated very badly by Liberace, who had foolish and unrealistic expectations of a young, well spoken, handsome boy less than half his age.

The book is specifically NOT about the Liberace Show, nor does it pretend to be great literature. It tells honestly, the story of how a 10 year relationship between a closeted super-star and a teenaged dog-sitter came to be, how it survived and how it finally devolved amidst a backdrop of the glitz & whirl of the '80s and a society decimated by a poorly understood disease called AIDS. It would be a common and uninteresting tale had it not involved two men, a great deal of money, mob connections and, by the standards of Europe and Canada today, constituted a 10 year marriage.

The movie (of the same name) is shooting right now and is due to be released in 2013. It stars Matt Damon as Scott and Michael Douglas as Liberace. If it sticks to the book as intended, it will be both a conscientious statement on gay marriage rights in the US as well as an entertaining event.

I paid $14.00 for the hard cover and it is signed by the author.Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Candid View of Liberace from a Former Lover's Standpoint 22 mai 2001
Par Paige Turner - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is a great read--full of dish and gossip. Yet it provides readers with a view of Liberace's personal life as seen through the eyes of former lover Scott Thorson, only 18 years old when he met the famous entertainer. Liberace went to outrageous lengths to protect his public image as that of a confirmed heterosexual bachelor entertainer, yet ironically Thorson and the gay community watching one of Lee's Vegas shows knew the truth right off the bat. I believe Thorson's book is the first one that spoke of Lee's lifestyle, dispelling all the carefully constructed myths by Lee's PR people and by the entertainer himself. Thorson writes about how Liberace's circle of friends and employees always jostled for position with the entertainer; how these cronies resented Scott's position with the famous star. You can see that Thorson developed a great affection and love for Liberace; however, Liberace, ever the Svengali, goes to extremes to remake Scott in his own image with fancy clothes, jewelry, and plastic surgery, which proves to be Thorson's undoing. A life of excitement, mega-shopping sprees, expensive gifts and largesse, turns into one of isolation, betrayal and drug addiction. Thorson was responsible for exposing Lee's true lifestyle to the public and was entangled in a 4-year lawsuit which he settled, upon learning that Lee had HIV. It would be easy to look upon this book as a celebrity trashing by a bitter lover, but fortunately Thorson never stoops that low. He still maintains great affection for Lee, even when he details the bitterness and battles of their relationship.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very sad story, but believable 17 mai 2013
Par kt - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Right off, please be aware there are no pictures in this book with the exception of the one on the front cover which I found disappointing. I assume considering his relationship with the family at the time he could not obtain permission to print any. I found this disappointing that is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5.

I have been a big fan of Liberace since evenings when my family would sit and watch his show in the late 50's on our old black and white TV. Was priviliged to see him at the Seattle Opera House in the early 70's and was still awed by the man. I have read Bob Thomas' "Liberace: The True Story" and found it to be a good companion to Scott Thorson's book, however I found this book to be a touching memoir of the relationship between these two men who I, without a doubt felt a great deal of love, devotion and affection for each other. Although this book may be what some rock solid Liberace fans may not want to read, I believe Mr. Thorson has written a very honest account of his life with Liberace. I did not find any hostility or revenge motive in this book whatsoever in fact, I found it written with compansion and love.

I recommend this book as a definate read. It does differ in some areas from Mr. Thomas book as it relates stories told by Liberace to Scott about life experiences in his life that were not the ones Liberace wanted the public to hear about. Liberace wrote his own book which was not always truthful because he worked so hard to hide his homosexuality which, unfortunately other biographers and filmakers have relied upon in their own narratives.

I find this book totally believable, however the one discrepency I found was his version of how Bugsy Siegel was murdered. The true story is well documented so I'm not sure where he got his version....maybe from Liberace himself.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I believe! 15 mai 2013
Par Robert Welborn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I have been a life long fan of Liberace. My mom and grandmother loved him, so we always watched him when he was on television. Liberace was one of the first shows I ever saw in Las Vegas. Having met Liberace personally while on a trip to Las Vegas, I can honestly say he was very nice, but come on....you'd have to be blind to not know he was gay. I read this book about 23 years ago. With the Michael Douglas movie coming out, I decided I wanted to read it again, so I am getting it either for my Kindle or Audible. I do believe most of what is in this book. You have to look at the time... the early 1980's...All of his peers knew, at that time an entertainer did not come out as gay...most of his fans were older women, it would have been career suicide. No one really knew what Aids was or how you got it. I'm sure if everyone knew back then about Aids, and how it was spread and how to prevent it Liberace would have lived and been performing up into his 80's. There was another movie about Scott and Liberace that had Victor Garber portraying Lee. The end of that movie almost had me in tears when he was taking the hairpiece off at the end. When I met Liberace, I could see what Scott saw in him...he had a way of making you feel special. When you're 18, you just want to fit in and be accepted, so I can see how a young guy could make Lee their life and lose themselves. Read this book, you won't be disappointed. Liberace was a true performer...just seeing him perform, you knew why he was the highest paid entertainer in the world. He made a brand of himself...the Piano...the restaurant, the museum....sadly the museum and the restaurant and Lee are only memories, but his legacy will live on.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 That's the Way It Is...Was... 18 avril 2013
Par Elizabeth Wallace - Publié sur Amazon.com
Not a lot of heavy lifting in a literary vein, but a good story. The book is not written by Scott, Liberace's young lover, but by Alex Thorleifson (female), free-lance writer and released in 1988, a year after Liberace's death. Scott honestly claims, on the last page, that he's publishing the book for the money. He was, after all, shortchanged in his 113 million palimony suit against Liberace: hopefully this made up for it.

Behind the Candelabra is the story of Scott Thorson's homeless, loveless and traumatic beginnings; abandoned by his father, picked up and put down by a mentally-ill mother and shuffled from one foster home to another. As a blonde, blue-eyed, handsome, 6'2" seventeen year-old, he is awestruck with the glitz of Vegas and flattered, during a back-stage meeting, by the attention of its biggest star, fifty-eight year-old Liberace. With very little balance in his life experience, Scott has come to define his sexual preference as gay. Liberace, who died of AIDS, pursues Scott with the passion he imbued in his performing career: no limits! Wanting to sculpt the young man in his image and likeness, Liberace insists upon plastic surgery and dieting for Scott, which comes with a cocktail of drugs that leads to his dependence on cocaine. Neither is there any limit to Lib's cold cut off when he unceremoniously dumps Scott and replaces him with another eighteen year-old (when Liberace is sixty-two).

The effort of this book is good and the subject of interest gives us a glimpse into the real world of the $150,000 a week super-star, but there is a veneer of name dropping and political correctness here with so many clichés that it doesn't ring in Scott's words.

No doubt Scott needed a father. He found an accomplished, eccentric, solipsistic, very rich sugar daddy, godfather and grandfather; but not a father, for a father would have given him direction and paved his way to a positive future.

What can one do but wish Scott the best of luck?
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