May 2, 2018
Liberace - The Italian-Polish American performer was born in West Allis, Wisconsin in 1919. He began playing the piano at age 4 and performed with the Chicago Symphony at age 20. The classically- trained pianist who was bullied in his youth because of his effeminate behavior turned glitz , glamour , expensive costumes and his signature prop of the candelabra on the piano into high voltage performances on television and in Vegas showrooms. He never talked about his sexuality but initiated a few major libel lawsuits against the press who tried to out him. One British tab even labeled him "a fruit."
The biggest secret he kept was that he was dying of AIDS.