Liberace

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Liberace: Behind the Music is a 1988 Kushner-Locke Company television production. It is an "unofficial" biopic drama on the life and death of Władziu Valentino Liberace, who went from a humble working-class background to become a famous American pianist and vocalist. Known as "Liberace", he became the highest paid entertainer in the world, while embracing a lifestyle of flamboyant excess. The film first aired less than two years after his death. The modest-length production (97 minutes) traces Liberace's life, as played by Canadian actor Victor Garber, from his humble beginnings in a Milwaukee suburb, through his major life highs and lows culminating with the highly publicized palimony lawsuit filed against him by his former limo driver and alleged live-in boyfriend of five years, Scott Thorson played by Michael Dolan, and his failing health ending with his death at age 67 on February 4, 1987, from AIDS complications. Noted for the early casting appearance of the then 20-year-old Shawn Levy as Glenn, a post-Thorson acquaintance of Liberace through his final days. Film clips from Liberace's actual stage appearances are interspersed in the storyline. The movie was directed by Emmy Award-winning David Greene. Credit for technical advisor is given to long-time Liberace friend and agent Seymour Heller who is portrayed in the film by Saul Rubinek. Liberace: Behind the Music was broadcast one week after the ABC biopic production Liberace (1988), a version starring Andrew Robinson in the lead with a script holding to a point of view that Liberace was heterosexual. This version however acknowledged his homosexuality. The film debuted in the United States as a CBS Sunday Movie. Another biopic, Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson, aired on the HBO television network on May 26, 2013.