Liberace, Wladziu Valentino

Born: May 16, 1919 AD
Died: 1987 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Pianists


1919 – He was born this year in West Allis, Wisconsin, and was soon to make musical waves at the age of seven. He gained a scholarship to the Wisconsin College of Music, where he remained for seventeen years.


1930 – He made his concert debut at eleven and as a young teen actually appeared with symphony orchestras. And at age fifteen, took elocution lessons to get rid of his Polish accent and later became known for his entertainment work during WWII.


1940 - His night club dates took him to the Persian Room in New York's Plaza Hotel as an intermission pianist.


1950 – He made his first film debut as honky tonk pianist in the movie "South Sea Sinner," with Shelley Winters.


1952 – His television series debuted.


1953 - He played to a capacity crowd at Carnegie Hall and in the same year made a record-breaking appearance before 16,000 at Madison Square Garden


1954 – It was carried over 217 American stations and in 20 foreign countries.


1955 – He opened in the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel as the highest paid entertainer in the city's history.


1960 – He returned to daytime television, with a series on ABC.


1968 – He returned to Europe to play to audiences in London.


1976 – He founded the non-profit Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts.


1979 – He opened The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Museum serves as the key funding arm for the Foundation.


1980 - Las Vegas named him both Star of the Year and Entertainment Personality of the Year.


1981 - Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters presented him with its coveted "Golden Mike" award.


1984 – Liberace's premier engagement at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall broke all sales and attendance records of the 51-year history of the Art Deco palace.


1985 – He returned to Radio City Music hall for an unprecedented 21 shows topping his own ticket selling record by grossing more than $2 million.


1987 – Upon his returned to his Palm Springs home, he passed away on the 4th day of February this year, just a few months before his 68th birthday. It was believed that he died not of a kidney illness but of the more ominous disease associated with HIV. His career took on a different perspective prior to his death when a one-time employee made embarrassing comments about his sexual behavior.

























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