I loved and had to share this video which focuses on Lee’s stage persona!
Ray Carrillo the elected Riverside County Coroner at the time of Liberace’s death has died. So outrageous was his conduct during the investigation of Lee’s passing the estate filed complaint with the county board of supervisors.
As suspected by Lee’s loved ones this is all famously Ray Carrillo became known for as his legacy was ensuring that Liberace did not get to retain his privacy in death as he wished protected while he was alive.
Carrillo’s handling of Liberace’s death was so outrageous that it led the American Medical Association to make a national plea for confidentiality!
Liberace’s was not the only case for which Carrillo received notoriety including attacks on a cryonic laboratory, the accidental cremation of a murder victim and multiple administrative issues. His office also had deputy coroners who left behind body parts from autopsies in a house to the surprise of its new owners.
Carrillo famously ordered the Riverside Sheriff to pull over the hearse containing Liberace’s body on its way to the funeral home to divert it to the county coroner’s office. Liberace’s personal physician had signed the original death certificate as heart failure. Close personal friends including Mr. Steve Garey of Palm Springs California contend to this day it was heart failure and advanced emphysema which led to his death as primary factors rather than AIDS.
Liberace desired to be remembered as fabulous! talented! entertaining! brilliant! and a performance genius! Not as the victim of a stigmatized disease.
Ray Carrillo’s witch hunt into the cause of Lee’s death which even the original autopsy did not determine was caused by AIDS gave him temporary notoriety and is recognized as the achievement of his life.
Thankfully the spirit of Liberace has transcended even the labeling of his death by means he never wanted out to the world. Instead the world continues to love him for the character he was in life. So in the end it was the evolution of our society and the enduring genius of Liberace who won at the end of the day.
FABULOUS LAS VEGAS!
Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:00pm until 10:00pm
The Consulate of the PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO in Las Vegas and The Consulate of the REPUBLIC OF POLAND in Las Vegas invite you to:
FABULOUS Las Vegas: to benefit the Liberace Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Many surprises. No auction.
$150. advance purchase only. Purchase instructions will be sent to those who join this event by clicking in the upper right.
Thriller Villa a private residence. No ticketing will be done at the event, you must be on the list to enter the gates.
Parking: Valet only
Thank you so much to Mimi Avocado for sharing her lovely pictures of the Hands on Pianos Project of Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College to celebrate its 50th anniversary by placing public pianos all over Vermont and New Hampshire.
Mimi Avocado’s blog reports that the Liberace tribute piano is located at the King Arthur Flour Campus in Norwich Vermont. It seems fitting that Liberace would be featured at a place of fine baking and cooking just check out his sable recipe. You can pay tribute to Lee while the pianos stand at the center. Click here to learn more.
Of course there is a piano in tribute to Liberace and Mimi Avocado featured it on her blog! Click on the images below to see full size on her blog.
Steve Garey wants the world to know that if the Liberace Museum of Las Vegas has been placed in a position of selling priceless artifacts to please call him! No one else will ever- and he emphasizes ever – appreciate items from the collection as much as he does. While working on the Liberace Event center of Hollywood he heard rumors from out of Vegas that items from the Liberace collection had been sold.
Steve’s anxiety is only worsened by that he has left phone messages for the foundation only to never receive a return phone call. He is passionate about continuing Liberace’s passion and sole reason for creating a non-profit foundation: supporting young musicians through scholarships.
Steve Garey’s primary goal is to keep the memory of his dear friend alive while promoting his legacy of friendship toward others. He hopes that the Liberace Foundation of Las Vegas will work as partners with him in tribute to Lee.
Exclusive update from Liberace’s Living Protege Steve Garey!
Steve Garey now serves as the Senior Vice President and resident curator of the Liberace Penthouse Event Center and Museum in Hollywood. HBO is currently filming Behind the Candlelabra at the penthouse right now. Once the production is complete the property will be put back in order ready to operate by fall 2012.
When the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas closed three heart broken friends: Steve Garey, Bahman Sedighan, and an un-named private benefactor came together with the goal to ensure that the legacy of their dear friend Lee would live on for the next 500 years!
Steve has personally reached out to every performer still alive who worked with Liberace over his life to contribute more items for their display cases. Kay Ballard, Phyllis Diller, Debbie Reynolds, Shecky Greene, Joanne Wurley, and many others have come through to show their support by loaning items from the collection. The estate of the Queen of England has provided gifts Liberace had personally given to her. The Reagan Museum Foundation has further supported the project with items from Liberace’s friendship with the former President.
The tragic untimely death of business partner Bahman Sedighan in July 2012 has only strengthened Steve’s resolve to see his dream realized of an events center with a private museum that would pay tribute to their friend. Mr. Sedighan’s family is in full support of the project. Mr. Sedighan purchased the home for $2.55 million shortly after Liberace’s death.
The penthouse is 5500 square feet of living space. It features the only rooftop private pool on the west coast. The 360 degree view is only as Liberace could do it. This venue can hold up to 200 people. In fact it has been used in past years as a gifting suite before awards shows for celebrities to pick up gift bags featuring extraordinary products.
You should also check out the tour provided online from Bob’s Liberace World – Hollywood Penthouse Tour.
Do yourself a favor and become a fan now of the Liberace Penthouse Event Center and Museum on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
I had a chance to catch this show in Las Vegas. It was wonderful!!! A real treat for any Liberace fan. This is going to be crowd who knows their Liberace music. I hear that Steve Garey Liberace’s protege may be in attendance.
Wayland Pickard will perform a one-man show, “The Wonderful World of Liberace,” at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Sierra Ballroom at Sun City Palm Desert.
The show will bring back the golden age of television and the innocence of the 1950s through the music of Liberace.
Tickets are $25 per person and include a complimentary musical CD. Reservations are required.
A portion of the proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Desert Cities.
Sun City Palm Desert is at 38-180 Del Webb Blvd., Palm Desert.
Information: (760) 772-0296
Liberace inspired performers here is your chance. Get cast in a musical about Mr. Showmanship!!!
‘ALL THAT GLITTERS’
Casting Call Details!
AX Productions (prod.) is casting a workshop of All That Glitters, a new musical about Liberace. Synopsis: “The mythic story of a boy in overalls from West Allis, Wisconsin; a Depression-era kid from America’s heartland who had dreams—big dreams; a boy who, despite his superstar struggle against the dark side of his sequined world of glitz and glamour, would become the most popular entertainer of his time.” Alexander DeJong, score-dir.-choreo.; A. DeJong & James A. Walsh, book; Tom Nelson, additional music; Jack Lee, music dir.; Steven Freeman, assoc. music dir.; Isabel Glasser, asst. dir.; Karen Sieber & Tim Foster, asst. choreos.; Stephanie Klapper Casting, casting. Rehearsals begin April 2; presentations run May 8-11, 2012 in NYC.
Seeking—Boy Liberace: boy, 10 years old, a boy in a million who struggles to please both his fervently Catholic mother and his abusive father, a piano prodigy, actor need not play piano;
Young Liberace/Scott: male, 20s-early 30s, two-character track includes
Young Liberace, very charismatic, charming entertainer with great comedic timing, becomes television’s first matinee idol, in order to protect his career and live out his passion, he had to hide his personal life,
Scott, a lost boy, the love of older Liberace’s life, loses himself in their relationship, actor must have a great presence and personality, actor need not play piano;
Older Liberace/Father: male, 60s, two-character track includes
Older Liberace, the consummate showman in his 60s, at the top of his game professionally, while his private life is one of struggle, heartache, and chaos,
Father, very proud Italian immigrant with a thick accent and an explosive temper, equal parts machismo and bohemian self-indulgence, a classical musician, frustrated both in his career and in his marriage, actor must have a great presence and personality, actor need not play any instrument;
Mother Judge: female, two-character track includes Mother, of Polish descent, headstrong, dogmatic, conservative, Catholic, very judgmental, and Judge, judge in the Liberace/Scott palimony suit;
Lil’ Lil/Miss Bea Haven/Lucille: female, African-American, multi-character track includes Lil’ Lil, burlesque queen of considerable stature, larger than life, with a big presence, Miss Bea Haven, a sassy Broadway star, and Lucille, Liberace’s secretary;
Martin Sherwoodson/Paderewski/Doctor: male, 50-65, multi-character track includesSherwoodson, Liberace’s pushy manager, willing to all the necessary dirty work to protect his meal ticket, Paderewski, Polish, world-famous, majestic, classical pianist, thick accent, and Doctor, Liberace’s long-time family physician, actor need not play piano; Eugene: male, late 30-40s, Liberace’s flamboyant, openly gay choreographer, later becomes his stage manager;
George/Lawyer: male, early 40s, two-character track includes George, Liberace’s older brother, violinist/orchestra leader who lives and works in Liberace’s shadow, and Lawyer, argues the Liberace/Scott palimony suit, actor need not play violin;
Carlucci/TV Repairman:, male, 30-40s, two-character track includes Carlucci, once Liberace’s lover, now demoted to the role of houseboy, thick Hispanic accent, an over-the-top mother hen, and TV Repairman, blue-collar and disgruntled;
Randi/Mabel Krauss: two-character track includes Randi, 1940s nightclub performer of questionable gender, and Mabel, working-class German woman.
Equity principal auditions will be held Feb. 27, Feb. 29 & March 2, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-5:30 p.m. (all three days) at Pearl Studios NYC “500,” 500 Eighth Ave., 4th fl., NYC. Prepare a brief song that shows you off. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but may not transpose. Bring pix & résumés, stapled together. $736 min./wk., plus pension and health. Equity Workshop Contract.
TV4U Presents Another “Rising Stars With Denise Clemente” TV Show at the Italian American Club in Las Vegas on February 12
The local singing icon presents the finest young talent in Las Vegas for a show that appears Saturday mornings at 10:30am on local Las Vegas station KTUD-TV 25 (Cox 14) and nationally on KSHOTV.Com.
Las Vegas, NV, February 04, 2012 –(PR.com)– TV4U.Com, the 48 channel IPTV free internet television network, will return to the vaunted Las Vegas Italian American Club on Sunday, February 12 to telecast another episode of ‘Rising Stars With Denise Clemente’ for broadcast and IPTV.
The show features the top young talent in Las Vegas as coached by the show’s host, iconic Las Vegas singing star Denise Clemente. Denise Clemente has been singing at virtually every major Las Vegas Casino since she arrived in the 1970’s to star at Frank Rosenthal’s Stardust Hotel and Casino. She has also appeared on the Tonight Show, Merv Griffin Show, and Dinah Shore Show. For many years she opened for Liberace, and has opened for dozens of Las Vegas legends such as Bill Cosby, Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, and David Brenner.
The show has been airing on a video on demand basis on KSHOTV.Com since April 2011. KSHOTV.Com, which features all Las Vegas themed shows, is one of the 48 IPTV channels located on the TV4U.Com IPTV network. Now, the show has started it’s broadcast syndication, beginning at KTUD-TV 25 in Las Vegas. It also appears on Channel 14 on Cox Cable in Las Vegas.
Each half hour episode showcases several of the top young ‘Rising Stars’ in Las Vegas. Many of these youngsters have moved on to professional careers in Las Vegas and Hollywood.
“I grew up in the Philadelphia area watching Al Alberts and his ‘Al Alberts Showcase’ on WFIL-TV,” said Denise Clemente. “The show inspired me to carry on that wonderful tradition with the youngsters in Las Vegas. It is very rewarding – and a lot of fun.”
The show is broadcast from the Sorrento Room of the Italian American Club in Las Vegas. The Italian American Club is the oldest Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas. It features five star chef Franco Spinelli and the finest Italian Wines, Beers, and Foods. Monthly, it has revived the Las Vegas Dinner Show, with Denise Clemente joining Lou DeMeis in the December Show, and Las Vegas legend Jerry Tiffe just completing a show for PBS syndication in January.
“We are very proud to have Denise Clemente host her wonderful TV show here,” said IAC President Angelo Cassaro. “We support our youth with many athletic, entertainment, and scholarship programs and are always honored to have a star the magnitude of Denise Clemente grace our stage.”
“Rising Stars Starring Denise Clemente” is one of 25 different TV program series currently being produced by TV4U via it’s TVS Television Network division. The TVS Television Network is the fourth oldest commercial TV network in the USA, having been founded in 1961. It has produced major sports and entertainment events for TV including major college basketball, college football bowl games, Portraits of Power, Po Bowling, Pro Golf, Pro Tennis, major concerts, and talk shows.
TVS Television Network, TV4U.Com, and KSHOTV.Com are all owned by Margate Entertainment, a Henderson, Nevada based independent audio, video and print content provider.
Wes Winters keeps the Liberace spirit alive in Las Vegas. You can still see him perform even though the show room bearing his name at the Liberace museum is now closed.
If you are driving in from California on a busy Friday or Saturday night you can skip the I-15 back up and stop over at the South Point Casino to see Wes for free in the Grandview lounge. Unwind from your drive and toast Liberace!
A great bet is the every Sunday brunch at Envy Steakhouse 11-3pm for $29.95 a person with bottomless mimosas. It is a great relaxing end to your busy Vegas weekend.
If you are coming to Vegas for Valentines there is not better Liberace themed bet than Wes’ show.
“Wes Winters Valentines Supper Club” is scheduled from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at Sam’s Town Live in Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway. Tickets are $50. For information and reservations, visit samstownlv.com or call 284-7777.
What a fitting tribute 25 years after the world lost Liberace.
Check out the Liberace Master Class and perhaps even those most devoted fans among us will learn a thing or two!
Thank you to Dave Frank Director, Dave Frank School of Jazz, NYC for this great presentation. He keeps it swinging from 52nd street for our New York readers.
If Liberace could see today I am sure he would be thrilled. His biggest fear that he would be remembered for what killed him, over his talent, never came true. Lee is remembered as the man with a big heart and a marvelous personality. He was both an artist and a humanitarian. Today Lee brings a smile to our face empowering a world to be just that much more glamorous.
I wish that Lee were alive today to see a world where his sexual identity would not have caused him to be afraid of what people would think of him. Today if Lee were still alive we would love him more for being entirely who he was publicly.
Lee lives on through my dear friend Steve Garey. Steve was his acknowledged protege and the training he received from Lee propelled his own career which included work as Frank Sinatra’s pianist. Most importantly Lee was his best friend. I know that February 4th will be a hard day for Steve remembering that day when he had to go out and tell the world his friend had passed.
This has been a hard year for Steve. Sending his friend a few kind words and knowing that he is in your prayers is another thing Lee would have wanted on this anniversary.
This February 4th in memory of Lee do something to make the world just a little more beautiful. Roll down the windows in your car and play one of his tunes be it the Kitten Rag or Ave Maria. Do something nice for animals.
Most of all embrace the marvelous person that you are and know in the immortal words of Liberace:
Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.
If anything Lee will live on through his sticky buns. Although from my interview with his Living Protege Steve Garey (whom lived with Lee for several years ) these by far were NOT Lee’s best dish.
I still love it when someone new falls in love with Lee’s Buns! Read about her adventures making his buns for herself!
How quickly the world forgets that Lee’s brother George had his own orchestra. Like many artists of his era he too explored his Tiki side to get in touch with his inner Hawaiian. I was thrilled to find out that the Exotic Tiki Island Podcast with Tiki Brian includes this album on the playlist. It looks like the next edition they promise soon will include George and his orchestra. We just can’t wait to hear it! Follow Exotic Tiki Island Podcast with Tiki Brian on Facebook to find out when he is ready to spin George’s album. Perhaps in time for the 25th anniversary of Liberace’s passing on February 4th, 2012.
One of Dr. Demento’s favorites he just played on tour. Billy Barty at only 3’9″ does a wonderful over the top tribute to Lee singing “I’m in the Mood for Love” at 1:57 into the clip below.
RIP Billy he joined Lee in heaven in 2002.
Enjoy this lovely story about Liberace’s touring designer Alberta Porter who is still pursuing her artistic passions at 94 years old!
You can even purchase her Liberace worthy art, jewelry, and accessories at her website.
Commissioned in 2005