Musician and Entertainer
Born May 16, 1919
Hometown West Allis, Wisco...
Died Feb 4, 1987
Death Place Palm Springs, Cal...
Instruments Baldwin Piano + P...
Performed With George Liberace +...
Record Label Columbia Records

Wladziu Valentino Liberace, best known simply as Liberace, was a famous American pianist and vocalist. In a career that spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, motion pictures, television and endorsements, Liberace became world-renowned. During the 1950s–1970s he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world and embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off the stage.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on May 16, 1919.


1934 15 Years Old He played jazz with a school group called the "Mixers" in 1934, then other groups later. … Read More
1937 18 Years Old In a formal classical music competition in 1937, Liberace was praised for his "flair and showmanship".


1939 20 Years Old At the end of a traditional classical concert in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1939, Liberace played his first requested encore, "Three Little Fishes", which he played in the style of several different classical composers. … Read More
1942 23 Years Old Between 1942 and 1944, Liberace moved away from straight classical performance and reinvented his act to one featuring "pop with a bit of classics" or as he also called it "classical music with the boring parts left out." … Read More
1943 24 Years Old In 1943, he appeared in a couple of Soundies (the 1940s precursor to music videos). … Read More
1944 25 Years Old In 1944, he made his first appearances in Las Vegas, which later became his principal venue.
1945 26 Years Old He was playing at the best clubs, finally appearing at the celebrated Persian Room in 1945, with Variety proclaiming, "Liberace looks like a cross between Cary Grant and Robert Alda. … Read More
1947 28 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1947, he was billing himself as "Liberace—the most amazing piano virtuoso of the present day."


1950 - 1953 3 More Events
1956 37 Years Old In 1956, Liberace had his first international engagement, playing successfully in Havana, Cuba. … Read More
1957 38 Years Old On July 19, 1957, hours after Liberace gave a deposition in his $25 million libel suit against Confidential magazine, two masked intruders attacked his mother in the garage of Liberace's home in Sherman Oaks. … Read More
1958 39 Years Old …  A new Liberace Show premiered on ABC's daytime schedule in 1958, featuring a less flamboyant, less glamorous persona, but it failed in six months, as his popularity began slumping.


1960 41 Years Old Liberace received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 for his contributions to the television industry. … Read More
1966 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Liberace appeared in the highly popular TV show Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward, playing a dual role as concert pianist Chandell and his gangster-like twin Harry, who was extorting Chandell into a life of crime as "Fingers," in the episodes "The Devil's Fingers" and "The Dead Ringers," both of which were written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., who had developed Batman for television. … Read More


1970 51 Years Old In 1970, Liberace appeared on an episode of Here's Lucy, in which Craig (Desi Arnaz Jr.) borrows a candelabra for a high school club initiation. … Read More
1978 59 Years Old Television specials were made from Liberace's show at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1978 and 1979 which were broadcast on CBS. … Read More


1982 63 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 1982 Academy Awards ceremony, presenting the award for Best Original Score and performing selections from each nominee, Liberace prefaced his performance by joking, "I'm very proud of my contribution to motion pictures. … Read More
1986 67 Years Old Liberace's final stage performance was at New York's Radio City Music Hall on November 2, 1986; the 18th show in 21 days, the series grossing $2.5 million. … Read More
1987 68 Years Old Liberace died of pneumonia caused by AIDS on February 4, 1987, age 67, at his winter home in Palm Springs, California. … Read More
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