Liberace facts for kids
Liberace in 1968
|Birth name||Władziu Valentino Liberace|
|Also known as||Walter Busterkeys
The Glitter Man
The King of Bling
May 16, 1919|
West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||February 4, 1987
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Pianist, entertainer, actor|
|Associated acts||George Liberace, Ignacy Jan Paderewski|
Liberace's career lasted four decades. It included concerts, recordings, movies, television and endorsements. During the 1950s–1970s he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. He lived a life of flamboyant excess both on and off the stage.
The success of Liberace's syndicated television program made him a popular recording artist. From 1947-51, he released 10 albums. By 1954, it jumped to nearly 70. He released several recordings through Columbia Records, including Liberace by Candlelight. He sold over 400,000 albums by 1954. His most popular single was "Ave Maria", selling over 300,000 copies.
His albums included popular songs at the time, such as "Hello, Dolly!". He also played his versions of classical music composed by Chopin and Liszt. Many fans of classical music criticized them (and Liberace's skills as a pianist in general) for being "pure fluff with minimal musicianship". In his life, he received six gold records.
Personal life and death
He died on February 4, 1987 in Palm Springs, California, aged 67.
Images for kids
Liberace with actress Maureen O'Hara during a court hearing in 1957
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