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Liberace, 1919-1987


Famed Las Vegas, Nevada pianist and entertainer Liberace (1919-1987) was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace in West Allis, Wisconsin. A gifted pianist, Liberace began his career in the 1930s and achieved success between the 1950s and 1970s. Often nicknamed "Mr. Showmanship," he was the highest-paid entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip for several years during the height of his popularity. In addition to his music, he was known for his distinctive showmanship and flair. He continued to entertain audiences until 1987, when he passed away in Palm Springs, California from AIDS-related complications.


Biography. "Liberace." Last modified October 28, 2019.