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(CNN)   Liberace museum closing in Las Vegas. No word on whether the items will go back in the closet   (cnn.com) divider line
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2010-09-13 4:55:36 AM  
Since when was Liberace was ever in the closet?
 
2010-09-13 6:00:08 AM  

PacManDreaming: Since when was Liberace was ever in the closet?


His entire life. He even won a defamation suit against a british
tabloid when it intimated that he was, perhaps, a little light
in his rhinestone covered loafers.

I went to this when I was in Vegas last christmas: it is in a
rather unpresupposing strip mall far from the modern Strip, and
my family and I were the only ones in it on a Sunday morning.
Not a good sign, but the exhibits were pretty cool.
 
2010-09-13 6:00:33 AM  
Sources say that moving the inventory of the museum will be difficult, considering the nationwide shortage of welding goggles to prevent blindness..
 
2010-09-13 6:55:59 AM  
Wikipedia quotes one of his biographies, "During the 1950s-1970s he was the highest paid entertainer in the world."

I don't know if it's quite true but he certainly had millions of fans. It also says his TV show had up to 30 million viewers a week and that he got 10,000 fan letters a week.

His popularity was a mystery to me but

A critic summed up his appeal near the end of Liberace's life: "Mr. Showmanship has another more potent, drawing power to his show: the warm and wonderful way he works his audience. Surprisingly enough, behind all the glitz glitter, the corny false modesty and the shy smile, Liberace exudes a love that is returned to him a thousand-fold."

It's sad in a way-- that all that is now reduced to a homophobic joke and even that will fade over the next twenty to thirty years as those of you whose grandmas loved him pass on.

/// Cue the exit music. "I'll be seeing you."
 
2010-09-13 7:06:12 AM  
notmtwain:

// Cue the exit music. "I'll be seeing you."

/// Sorry about the last 15 seconds. I didn't hear it until after I had posted.
 
2010-09-13 9:05:41 AM  
I had a friend that went to this museum, he said it was actually pretty cool.
 
2010-09-13 9:06:44 AM  

PacManDreaming: Since when was Liberace was ever in the closet?


See: Tennessee Williams, Librace, 1950's Homophobia, "Confirmed bachelor"
 
2010-09-13 9:09:32 AM  
Tough to keep a museum viable when the only way in is through the back door.
 
2010-09-13 9:45:27 AM  

notmtwain: Wikipedia quotes one of his biographies, "During the 1950s-1970s he was the highest paid entertainer in the world."

I don't know if it's quite true but he certainly had millions of fans. It also says his TV show had up to 30 million viewers a week and that he got 10,000 fan letters a week.

His popularity was a mystery to me but

A critic summed up his appeal near the end of Liberace's life: "Mr. Showmanship has another more potent, drawing power to his show: the warm and wonderful way he works his audience. Surprisingly enough, behind all the glitz glitter, the corny false modesty and the shy smile, Liberace exudes a love that is returned to him a thousand-fold."

It's sad in a way-- that all that is now reduced to a homophobic joke and even that will fade over the next twenty to thirty years as those of you whose grandmas loved him pass on.

/// Cue the exit music. "I'll be seeing you."


I went to his museum a few years ago and it was brilliant.
Some of the big money casino boys should step in and host it on the strip.
 
2010-09-13 11:09:07 AM  
I've never been to Vegas, but I always wanted to go to this musseum. I don't even know who or what Liberace is, but I like to look at shiny things.
 
2010-09-13 11:21:50 AM  
Weird, I spent an hour on the internet on Saturday reminding myself who he was. (I am now a Liberace 'expert') I remember knowing about him as a kid, but I never knew what the big deal about him was. I just remembered he always wore crazy clothes and he was always in People magazine (usually with pictures of his retardedly opulent mansion). I do remember wondering how he could play piano with so many huge rings on his fingers.

I was far too young to speculate on his sexuality. I knew something was up with that guy, I just wasn't mature enough to identify it. As an adult reading how he vehemently denied being a homosexual, I can't help but wonder how farked up he was in the head if he truly BELIEVED he wasn't. If he just stuck to his guns so he wouldn't have to explain it to the world, that's one thing. But if he believed that he wasn't gay, he must have been one extremely unhappy man. You can't spend the gay away, no matter what you throw your money at.


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The head of the "Waylon Smithers Dancers"

 
2010-09-13 11:23:48 AM  
Glad to hear they won't be selling off the contents. Hopefully, someday they'll be able to reopen in a better location, as Liberace's aesthetic was a major part of making Vegas what it was.
 
2010-09-13 11:47:03 AM  
There's the outfit the late entertainer wore to Radio City Music Hall in New York. Decked in pink turkey feathers for that show, Liberace emerged from a giant Faberge-style egg to adulation.

I was at that show and adulated. My boss at the time played piano (badly), thought Lee was the greatest pianist in the world, and convinced my GF and me to come to the show. I first I was meh, but left a fan of his showmanship.

I later read one one of the Liberace biographies. Every year at Christmas he gave out over 200 gifts. Your gift was exactly what you wanted because he talked to your spouse, kids, whomever. I thought that said something about the man.
 
2010-09-13 12:47:08 PM  
That's a damn shame. It was about the only thing in Vegas I had any desire to see.
 
2010-09-13 12:55:35 PM  
Even though he inspired such stars as Elton John, nothing is forever. He can't get new fans, so out it goes.
 
2010-09-13 1:15:52 PM  

ParadisePornoTheater: Even though he inspired such stars as Elton John, nothing is forever. He can't get new fans, so out it goes.


Why not? Elvis has been dead a hell of a lot longer and he attracts new fans every year.
 
2010-09-13 3:56:02 PM  
That dude was gay.
 
2010-09-13 4:21:01 PM  
too bad. the museum was pretty cool.
a bit off the beaten track, but worth the venture.
 
2010-09-13 4:46:51 PM  
That blows!

I really liked the museum. Definitely worth the visit.

Bye.

/sorry, had to be done.
 
2010-09-13 5:53:19 PM  
The italian place next door is horrible. HORRIBLE.
 
2010-09-13 6:28:24 PM  
CSB time: A buddy of mine had a relative, aunt I believe, who passed away and left him a couch that she had gotten from Liberace when he died. I have had sex on Liberace's Couch, multiple times. Yay!

/with women, even
 
2010-09-13 6:46:50 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: ParadisePornoTheater: Even though he inspired such stars as Elton John, nothing is forever. He can't get new fans, so out it goes.

Why not? Elvis has been dead a hell of a lot longer and he attracts new fans every year.


Because Elvis was a rocker, while Liberace was not.

/not enough?
 
2010-09-13 7:21:39 PM  
Part of it is still the fact that he was gay and flamboyant. Elvis was about as manly a man as it gets and that's a lot easier to idolize than Liberace. If Liberace would have also sung songs and played piano like say Elton John does, he'd have a more lasting memory.

But I also think that the estate didn't promote his life in the same way that other dead people have a hold on us like Elvis.

But truth be told, Liberace is a true showman and there's very few in history that can compare.

I was never given the honor of seeing him live, but I did see the impersonator at the Legends concert in Las Vegas do his routine and he was amazing and funny. I could only imagine how good the actual Liberace was himself.

Bye.
 
2010-09-13 8:58:50 PM  
Liberace was a pretty good piano player, but he sucked on the organ.
 
2010-09-13 9:35:09 PM  
What's better that roses on your piano? Two lips on your organ.
 
2010-09-13 10:36:42 PM  
This is sad news. I went to this museum some 35-ish years ago and actually got to meet his brother George. He played a bit of violin for the group, and was really a nice guy. Some of the items on display were just amazing, with all the jewels, cars, pianos, etc..

A funny story they told there, with all the incredible cars he owned, he drove an old station wagon with piano keys painted on the wood panels as his main transportation around town. Guess he didn't want to stand out too much. Anyway, later in our travels in Las Vegas (we were there for a week to celebrate my sister getting married) we saw the station wagon parked at a casino downtown.

/CSB
 
2010-09-13 11:07:26 PM  
My first time in Vegas with my (then) fiancee and she wanted to go, since her mother loved Liberace. "I can't tell her I came to Vegas and I didn't go!", so I went.

It was actually pretty cool. I've recommended it to people since then - some of whom look at me like I've lost my mind.

Bugs Bunny even has a line in an old cartoon where he is playing a piano, and puts a candelabra onto the piano and faces the 'camera' and says "I with my brother George was here." Took me until years later when I was grown up to realize he was doing a Liberace impression.
 
2010-09-13 11:12:03 PM  

radinator: "I with my brother George was here."


That should be "I wish my brother George was here."

/Fark needs an edit function
//or I need a proofreader better than myself
 
2010-09-13 11:48:26 PM  
My Grandma and parents went to it back in '99 and liked it.

/Definitely not a cool story bro.
 
2010-09-14 2:36:01 AM  

radinator: radinator: "I with my brother George was here."

That should be "I wish my brother George was here."

/Fark needs an edit function
//or I need a proofreader better than myself


No, no...I think you were right the first time.
 
2010-09-14 11:52:34 AM  
Dammit, that place was on my bucket list.

So that leaves Las Vegas with what, two things worth seeing now?
 
2010-09-14 12:30:27 PM  
Move the museum to San Francisco.
 
2010-09-14 12:48:32 PM  

MikoSquiz: Dammit, that place was on my bucket list.

So that leaves Las Vegas with what, two things worth seeing now?


I'm gonna go look and see if the Coca Cola museum is still there ...
 
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