Sunday, January 5, 2014

Behind the Candelabra by Scott Thorson

Behind the Candelabra:  My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson- 239 pgs

Behind the Candelabra is the story of Scott Thorson's life with the famous entertainer Liberace.  Thorson grew up in a series of foster homes and it was only by chance that he came in contact with the piano man.  Thorson's life changed forever after that meeting.  He became Liberace's lover and confident and soon learned how to spend money extravagantly with Liberace's help.  After five years and plastic surgery to look more like Liberace, Liberace grew tired of Thorson and "traded" him in for a younger model.  After the breakup, Thorson was denied of all his belongings, vehicles and home that were given to him by Liberace.  Thorson sued and the suit was settled months before Liberace died of AIDS.  It is an interesting look into an entertainer who denied his homosexuality until the day he died.  An HBO movie was released this summer based on this book with Matt Damon as Thorson and Michael Douglas as Liberace.

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