Liberace: Biography Of A Larger-Than-Life Man, With Lots Of Secrets

By Jacob Shelton
Portrait of flamboyant pianist Liberace. (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)

Flamboyant pianist Liberace had a story like no one else. As the highest-paid entertainer in the world at one point in time Liberace definitely lived it up. He had the most garish clothes, the biggest houses, and he lived one hell of a life.

Władziu Valentino Liberace, the pianist who made the whole world love classical music, and cried all the way to the bank, may have seemed like an alien from outer space, but he actually came from Wisconsin, of all places. This flashy and fabulous gentleman sashayed through the ’50s ‘60s and ‘70s, and even if you never saw him live you saw him charm the pants off the audience on television.