Liberace, 1919-1987

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Liberace (born Władziu Valentino Liberace, May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987) was an American pianist, singer, and actor. Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame from the 1950s to 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world with established concert residencies in Las Vegas and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, earning the nickname "Mr. Showmanship".
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referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Liberace, 1919-1987. Correspondence with Helen Dreiser, 1954. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Photograph of President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Joe E. Brown, Ray Bolger, Howard Keel, Connie Russell, Lena Horne, Liberace, and Sid Richardson Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Dave A. Epstein papers, 1929-1970 Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Epstein, Dave A. Dave A. Epstein papers, 1929-1970. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Historical Color Photograph File of the Department of Agriculture, 1942 - 1980 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Goldsmith, Ellen, 1926-2007. Ellen Goldsmith papers, 1933-2007. Newberry Library
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referencedIn Digital Photographs Relating to America's Byways, ca. 1995 - ca. 2013 National Archives at College Park
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associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Epstein, Dave A. person
associatedWith Epstein, Dave A. person
associatedWith Goldsmith, Ellen, 1926-2007. person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Palm Springs CA US
West Allis WI US


Birth 1919-05-16

Death 1987-02-04




Ark ID: w6cd1r36

SNAC ID: 85489674