Behind the Candelabra

Scott Thorson, Author Dutton Books $18.95 (242p) ISBN 978-0-525-24653-4
In 1977, the 18-year-old Thorson became ``lover, friend and confidant'' of the 57-year-old Liberace, a relationship that would continue until 1982. Here, with Thorleifson (coauthor of John Wayne) he relates the sorry, seamy tale of his ``callous'' eviction from the performer's Las Vegas penthouse in favor of a teenager and the public brouhaha that followed when he filed a palimony suit. The book is uncomfortably candid with revelations about ``Lee''who was driven to experience sexual variety with younger males, even as he continued to publicly deny his homosexualityand Thorson's protestations that he was unfairly branded a street hustler by the tabloid press. Although the acrimonious suit was ultimately settled (the provisions were kept secret), Thorson notes that he has written this memoir because ``I need the money.'' His bitterness at Liberace, who died of AIDS in 1987, lessens at the end of the book, and with back-handed gratitude he concludes: ``Leaving Lee . . . may have saved my life.'' Photos. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1988
Release date: 06/01/1988
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