We Love Liberace Now Even More Than 30 Years Ago

The glamour! The sequins! The movie! The book! Get into the excess that is Liberace.

BY Matthew Breen

May 23 2013 3:00 AM ET

For the True Completist

Following a sold-out appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, in 1952 Liberace became host of a summer replacement program for Dinah Shore’s show. His comic chatter punctuated show tunes, film melodies, pop music, and classics, combining with schmaltz and ritualistic domesticity (with “house guests” including Minnie Pearl, Eva Gabor, Lucille Ball, and Jack Benny) to make The Liberace Show a hit in syndication worldwide, to the tune of 30 million viewers and tens of thousands of fan letters each week. The DVD set Liberace: The Ultimate Entertainer includes best-of performances from the show, home movie footage, more of his outré costuming, and a history of the piano, as told by Liberace. (Timeless Media Group, $14.97)

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