When, in The Daily Mirror, columnist Cassandra described Liberace
as 'a sniggering, snuggling, scent-impregnated, quivering, fruit-flavoured, mincing heap of mother love' and topped it off with 'the biggest sentimental vomit of all time' Liberace
, understandably, sued.
In the end, though, the most hated person of all was the bloated coroner who, for his 15 seconds of fame, ordered an autopsy on Liberace
to reveal he died from AIDS.
A 1965 Liberace
piano fetched pounds 10,350 at a London auction two years ago.
It contained a dossier on Killie defender Ray Montgomerie, claiming that he is in fact American pianist Liberace
- born Wladz-iu Liberace
in Wisconsin in 1919 - got his break playing popular songs in a pseudo-classical style.
THE massively wealthy film director and bon viveur Michael Winner, who bares a striking resemblance to the late Liberace
, has refused an OBE "because it's the sort of award given to lavatory cleaners.
Joyboy (Rod Steiger in an unforgettable, and unexpectedly out of character performance) and other bizarre characters played by an array of talented actors such as John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Tab Hunter, Milton Berle, James Coburn and Liberace
LAS VEGAS -- A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace
was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer.
A beaming Liberace
was winking at the audience at the Chiswick Empire, London, last night soon after he had been awarded pounds 8,000 damages for libel against the Daily Mirror and Mr William Connor - the columnist Cassandra.
I mention this because Liberace
, the piano player who specialised in sequinned suits, had a notorious run-in with the Daily Mirror in 1959 when he sued William Connor, aka Cassandra, who had described him as "a deadly, winking, sniggering, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love".
CONTACT: Michael Feder of I Love Liberace
LLC, +1-702-505-4750, iloveliberace@aol.
Somewhere near the Liberace
Museum, the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame inducted former Dodgers Mike Maddux and Mike Morgan this past weekend.