The World of Liberace

(Rochester, New York) – One of the most popular American entertainers of the 20th century was Liberace, a flamboyant pianist from the Midwest who became a cultural icon. Throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s, Liberace was one of the world's highest-paid entertainers. To his huge fan base, the legendary artist was beloved for his warmth, humor, and his unique musical repertoire. When serious music critics panned him, his pat response was, "I cried all the way to the bank." The World of Liberace, airing Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6 p.m. on WXXI-TV, takes an enlightening look inside the life of the famed entertainer known as "Mr. Showmanship."

Hosted by Liberace himself, the unique performer opens up his life to the camera, giving tours of his lavish homes in Hollywood and Palm Springs and showing off his remarkable piano and car collections, his closets full of bejewled clothing, and his priceless antique artifacts and furniture. Liberace also proudly introduces his mother, brother and sister to viewers, and shares intimate and thoughtful insights into his career and the world of show business.

The program, filmed in 1972, also features extensive footage from his glitzy performances, complete with Liberace's signature candelabra and dazzling stage wardrobe. Archival footage of his career includes his introduction to the Queen Mother and Princess Anne after his unprecedented third Royal Command Performance.

Photo: Liberace
Credit: Allen Warren

 


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