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February 15, 1987
An American Medical Association official put the question succinctly last week. "Of what benefit is it to the general public," he asked, "to know that Liberace died of AIDS?" Many of the pianist's fans no doubt asked the same question following news accounts of a coroner's disclosure that AIDS had been the principal cause of Liberace's death, and that the entertainer's doctors had tried improperly to obscure this. Actually, the particular circumstances surrounding Liberace make it easy to argue that this case did not involve an unwarranted invasion of privacy.
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January 28, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Liberace was reported to be fighting for his life at his mansion here last night, "gravely ill" with pernicious anemia. The 67-year-old entertainer, whose toothy smile, dimples, candelabra and mink cloaks turned piano playing into a multi-million-dollar showtime extravaganza, was breathing through an oxygen mask and gasping for breath, his spokeswoman said. "It is my regret to inform you Liberace is gravely ill with pernicious anemia, complicated by advanced emphysema and heart disease," said a statement issued by Liberace's press spokeswoman, Denise Collier.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1991 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
He arrives in grand style - flying high above the stage, hovering, grinning and waving to the crowd. Magnificent. And check out those threads: outrageously flamboyant, lush, campy. Talk about glitz. Surely this can only be - Liberace. "Mr. Showmanship. " But it can't be. And it isn't. This is Daryl Wagner in his Tribute to Liberace, the current attraction in the Bay Cabaret at Harrah's Casino Hotel. Just as Elvis can still be witnessed on stages, thanks to legions of King impersonators, so Wagner is doing the same for the late Liberace.
NEWS
February 10, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
"I hope the cynics don't make a circus of his death. God wouldn't like that. " - Red Skelton, commenting last week on the death of Liberace A free-lance photographer working for the National Enquirer was arrested for trespassing. Cameramen chased down an unnerved nun who tried to get into the house. Reporters trampled purple petunias along the driveway. A red rose in a Chateau Elysees champagne bottle sat on the curb as a heavyset man from Arkansas waved a five-foot American flag.
NEWS
February 3, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Family and friends gathered at the bedside of Liberace yesterday after the flamboyant showman was reported semi-conscious and near death. The 67-year-old Liberace has been in grave condition in his mansion since last week, when he was released from a hospital with little hope of recovering from a severe form of anemia, emphysema and heart disease. Earlier, his manager denied a published report that he was suffering from AIDS. "I don't think there's much time," spokeswoman Denise Collier said in a telephone interview last night from New York.
NEWS
February 7, 1987 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this article were the Associated Press, United Press International and syndicated columnist Frank Swertlow.)
A coroner yesterday ordered that Liberace's body be tested to determine whether the entertainer had suffered AIDS, saying that hospital records provided "conclusive evidence he died of a contagious disease. " Coroner Raymond Carrillo of Riverside County, Calif., rejected the death certificate signed by Liberace's physician, Ronald Daniels, which said that the cause of death Wednesday was congestive heart failure brought on by degenerative brain disease. California law requires coroners to investigate any deaths suspected of having been caused by contagious diseases.
NEWS
February 6, 1987 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, the Washington Post and the New York Times.)
Show-biz stars are expected to turn out in force Thursday in Las Vegas for a huge Liberace memorial service at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Denise Collier, a spokewoman for the showman's family, also disclosed yesterday that a requiem Mass will be offered for Liberace today at Our Lady of Solitude Church, across the street from the pianist's Palm Springs, Calif., home. Liberace will be interred next to his mother, Frances, and brother, George, in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, but a cemetery spokesman would not say when.
NEWS
October 4, 1997 | By David Iams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This must be Liberace month. At noon tomorrow in Reading, Ron Rhoads will sell the Liberace collection of entrepreneur Bob Nye, including a 9-foot concert grand piano that Liberace played for the royal family at Albert Hall in London. The sale comes one day after the liquidation of Antiques Forum Inc. and its collection of memorabilia, including one of Liberace's gold lame jackets. Long an admirer of Liberace, Nye is also a musician. And like the pianist, who died in 1987, Nye is a flamboyant figure.
NEWS
February 10, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Liberace died of a disease caused by AIDS, the Riverside County coroner said yesterday, and he accused the entertainer's doctors of covering up the cause of death. "Somebody along the line wanted to pull a fast one on us," Coroner Raymond Carrillo said at a news conference. Miscroscopic tissue analysis showed that Liberace, 67, died because of cytomegalovirus pneumonia due to human immunodeficiency virus disease, Carrillo said. "In layman's terms, Mr. Liberace died of an opportunistic disease caused by acquired immune deficiency syndrome," he said.
NEWS
February 5, 1987 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
Liberace, the bejeweled pianist and comedian who made millions by making fun of his own baroque image, died yesterday afternoon at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 67. He had been gravely ill for several days, and scores of fans had begun gathering outside the sprawling mansion on Monday, when it was announced that he was near death. He had lapsed into a coma Tuesday. The cause of death was cardiac arrest due to congestive heart failure brought on by subacute encephalopathy, a general term for a degenerative disease of the brain, said Dr. Ronald Daniels.
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April 1, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Remember Liberace? The Wisconsin-born piano prodigy who for decades reigned as an American superstar by building an entertainment empire of TV and a mainstay Vegas act that paid him up to $300,000 a week? If you don't, the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3 production of Liberace! contains plenty of historical information to fill you in. Writer/director Brent Hazelton's 2010 show winks at the idea that many may not remember the pop icon. After Jack Forbes Wilson's Liberace announces a drawling "I'm ba-ack!
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Say the name "Liberace" and a dozen smiling images - each campier than the one before - pop into view, all fabulous, rhinestone-encrusted, fur-lined, and sprinkled with stardust. When he was part of the entertainment landscape from the 1950s through the 1980s on television or stage, Liberace's keyboard repertoire was one of showy pop/classical sides and willowy, winking conversational asides. And he was beloved, particularly by women, his sexuality rarely questioned (he won libel suits against Britain's Daily Mirror and Confidential magazine in the mid-'50s when they implied he was homosexual)
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible , brings a motley Vegas-style assortment of magicians (and one escape artist) from a six-week residency on Broadway to the Academy of Music. They've got fireworks, lasers, indoor snow, interactive video screens, and dancer/assistants dressed in the ragged Victorian hooker/dandy style seen sauntering across many a steam-punk conference floor. But do they make the magic happen? The answer is complicated. First, our cast of characters: Adam Trent, "The Futurist," possesses Ryan Seacrest's amiability, and a similarly bland set of tricks.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
OF ALL the smaller characters in the Marvel universe, the one generating the most buzz as a potential movie is "Ant-man. " It seems as if director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") has been developing the film for a decade, but progress has taken a giant leap forward recently with the casting of Paul Rudd and now, Variety reports, Michael Douglas . After winning a slew of awards, including the Golden Globe, for his role as Liberace in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," Douglas has agreed to a role as scientist Hank Pym in what's likely to be a somewhat offbeat superhero film.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Douglas, GQ diva GQ, which has been busy this month bestowing honors manly upon such dudes' dudes as Matthew McConaughey and Justin Timberlake , has reserved its most funky honor, Diva of the Year, for Michael Douglas . The label isn't a diss: It honors Douglas' tour de force performance as Liberace in HBO's telefilm Behind the Candelabra , which had him yo-yo from the depraved depths of weird narcissism and divahood...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Finding the perfect wig for your Halloween costume can be the difference between a trick or a treat. Especially this year when our celebrities du jour - many of whom do scary things all year long - are so creative when it comes to coifs. Think Nicki Minaj's ombré, white-to-pink tresses; singer Miguel's dark pompadour; and the signature Afro of Philly's own Questlove Thompson that isn't complete without a perfect power-to-the-people pick. "The wig makes the character," said Lois Arnold, owner of Lois A. Wigs on South Fourth Street.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
  FERGIE   FINALLY HAD HER BABY. And after all that time to think, she named him Axl. A rep for the singer says Fergie gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel yesterday. He's the first child for the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and her hubby, Josh Duhamel . The couple wed in 2009. She officially changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel this month. Before the birth, TMZ.com reported that Fergie was preparing for a C-section.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Former Liberace boy toy Scott Thorson had a six-year affair with Michael Jackson , reports the London tabloid the Sun. "Liberace introduced me and Michael in the late 1970s," Thorson, 54, tells the Sun. "It was right around the time Thriller was coming out, and Michael and I became lovers. Our relationship went on for six or seven years. Michael was very generous, too. He treated me well. " Thorson, who has colon cancer, was recently bailed out of a Nevada jail, where he was awaiting sentencing on burglary charges.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Winslet , 37, whose beauty was the cause of Leonardo DiCaprio 's horrific, painful, cold, wet, arctic death in Titanic , is expecting a baby! It'll be Kate's first bairn with third husband Ned Rocknroll , whom she wed in secret in December. Kate has a child with each of her two previous husbands, daughter Mia , 12, with film director Jim Threapleton and son Joe , 9, with that other film director dude, Sam Mendes .   Love in the age of reality TV Not that we think he's anything remotely resembling the bee's knees, but we're nonetheless happy for Kris Humphries : His divorce from wife of 72 days, Kim Kardashian , has been finalized.
NEWS
May 26, 2013
* SMASH. 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC10. Exiled months ago to Saturdays, "Smash," NBC's frustrating but well-intentioned failure to bring musical theater to the masses, gets a postseason sendoff this Sunday. In the two-hour finale, its two shows-within-a-show go up against each other at the Tonys. * BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. It sounds like a freak show - Michael Douglas as the flamboyantly closeted pianist Liberace, Matt Damon as the much younger lover whom he literally attempted to remake in his image - but HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" isn't, thanks to first-rate performances (including scene-stealer Rob Lowe as a plastic surgeon)
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