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Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Scott Thorson , Alex Thorleifson
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Mai 1988
In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about a legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace’s early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia. His successes create a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, given to every excess. Liberace's credo—"too much of a good thing is wonderful"—is reflected here in his acquisition of new lovers, luxurious homes, a large collection of pornography, and a total of twenty-six house dogs. Behind the Candelabra also reveals the details of the fundamentally tender love affair between Liberace and Thorson—whom Liberace sent to his own plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image! This fast-paced story, sprinkled with anecdotes about famous entertainers such as Michael Jackson and Shirley MacLaine, ends with an intimate look at Liberace's final days as he lay dying of AIDS—and his deathbed reconciliation with Scott.
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: E P Dutton; Auflage: First Edition First Printing (Mai 1988)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0525246533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525246534
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 16,3 x 2,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 534.653 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'It wasn't always a film but it was always a drama ... sensational' The Times. 'I haven't been involved in a movie where there's been so much attention beforehand' Michael Douglas. 'A champagne-dunked celebration of the excesses that made the man ... we're going to have a ball with this one' Guardian. 'A fascinating study in one man's ability to create his own rhinestone-studded reality' The Sunday Times. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Scott Thorson (born 1958) met Liberace in 1976 and they were together for the next 9 years: 5 years as lovers, and 4 as co-respondents in a $113 million palimony lawsuit. They were reconcilled shortly before Liberace's death from AIDS in 1987. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen OMG! 1. November 2013
Von Gio
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Über Liberace wußte ich NICHTS. Ich laß eines guten Morgens einen Bericht im Spiegel über den bald erscheinenden Kino-Film. Kurz zum Inhalt: der Musiker Liberace wächst in ärmlichen Verhältnisse auf und wird zum Superstar. Der gute Mann versteht es seine Homosexualität in vollen Zügen auszuleben, was manch einer in der jetzigen toleranten Zeit nicht hinbekommt (leider auch etwas zu leichtsinnig wie sich später herausstellt). Er trifft auf den 18jährigen Scott, der sein Lebensgefährte und "Kollege" wird. Neben der normalen Liebesbeziehung passieren auch viele "kranke" Sachen wie die Gesichte mit der Schönheits-OP, die Liberace an sich durchführen läßt und Scott auch eine aufschwatzt, damit dieser aussieht wie der Junge Liberace...

Das Buch fängt zwar sehr harmlos und witzig an. Aber wer sich diesem "Thema" generell auskennt, kann sich schnell vorstellen, wie das Drama ausgehen wird!

Spannend, witzig, dramatisch. Auch wenn es auf englisch geschrieben ist, kann man das sehr leicht verstehen. Ich freue mich schon auf den Film.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Gay and Gossipy 26. Oktober 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If it weren't for the really compelling and insightful epilogue this book would be basically a homoerotic Cinderella story with all it's tabloidical inside views. You also get to know how much the author was used by Liberace and had to function within a tight niche. Once he didn't deliver he had to go.
Apart from the epilogue gossipy and not very insightful.
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Scott Thorson hat in schonungsloser Offenheit über seine Zeit an der Seite von Liberace geschrieben,doch was man vermuten könnte, trifft nicht zu: er bewegt sich NICHT auf dem Niveau diverser Boulevardblättchen,indem er wie eine sensationsgeile Tunte intimste Geheimnisse aus dem Nähkästchen preisgibt.
Vielmehr liefert er einen psychologisch relativ fundierten Einblick in das Seelenleben und die Lebenslüge des einst aus ärmsten Verhältnissen aufgestiegenen Walter Liberace,der Erfolg und Reichtum nicht zu Gunsten seines eigenen Seelenfriedens umsetzen konnte,sondern sich eher von den Verlockungen und Möglichkeiten,die sich daraus ergeben,derart verführen lies,dass er nicht erst am Ende seines Lebens,als er von AIDS gezeichnet war ohne es wahrhaben zu können und zu wollen,buchstäblich als ein bemitleidenswerter Mann angesehen werden muss.
Interessant,wie Thorson Ähnlichkeiten in beider Biografien herausarbeitet - und er schreckt vor einer selbstkritischen Analyse auch nicht zurück - aber auch die grundlegenden Unterschiede zwischen beiden,die mit für ihre Trennung verantwortlich waren.
Wer sich von dem erdrückenden optischen Kitsch,den der Film mit Michael Douglas und Matt Damon naturgemäß liefern muss, erholen möchte,dem sei dieses Buch zur Nachlektüre empfohlen: es liest sich flüssig,ist spannend aufgebaut und wohl auch Dank der Mitarbeit eines gewissen Alex Thorleifson stilistisch überzeugend geschrieben.
Leicht überdurchschnittliche Kenntnisse des englischen Vokabulars sind Voraussetzung.
Leider fehlt jegliches Bildmaterial,weshalb ich auch nur zu 4 **** tendiere.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I knew him 23. September 2012
Von Kemble W. Scatchard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
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 von 5 Sternen Candid View of Liberace from a Former Lover's Standpoint 22. Mai 2001
Von Paige Turner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
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 von 5 Sternen Very sad story, but believable 17. Mai 2013
Von kt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Broschiert|Verifizierter Kauf
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 von 5 Sternen I believe! 15. Mai 2013
Von Robert Welborn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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 von 5 Sternen That's the Way It Is...Was... 18. April 2013
Von Elizabeth Wallace - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
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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