Lee Liberace

Birth: May 16, 1919
West Allis, WI
Death: February 04, 1987
Palm Springs, CA
Cause: Complications from AIDS
Cemetery: Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
Burial Location: Court Of Remembrance
Directions: Enter the cemetery and turn left at the first intersection. Follow this road around to the large mausoleum. Turn left just before the building and park. Walk through the building to the second courtyardacross from you to the right is a large white tomb with his famous piano logo.
Biography: Liberace is best known for his lavish costumes, piano's and trademark candelabra on his pianos. He learned to play the piano by ear at the age of four. As a teenager he played in movie houses and Speakeasies. Pianist Florence Bettray Kelly took him under her wing when Lee was 14 and he soloed with Chicago Symphony by the time he was 17. By 1940, Liberace was traveling with his custom-made piano on top of which he would place his candelabrum.In the 1950's Liberace had his own television show which was very popular. Soon, Liberace added flamboyant costumes to his act and his popularity soared. In 1977 Liberace founded the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. He continued performing until the fall of 1986, despite suffering from heart disease and emphysema. His last performance was at Radio City Music Hall on November 2, 1986. He passed away in his Palm Springs home on February 4, 1987.
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