Liberace Net Worth

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Liberace net worth is
$115 Million

Liberace Wiki Biography

Wladziu Valentino Liberace, better known as just Liberace, was one of the most famous vocalists and pianists not only in his generation, but in general. The star is considered to be one of the most flamboyant and famous performers of the 20th century.

Liberace’s net worth was estimated to be $115 million at the time of his death.

He was born on the 16th May 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. At the very young age of seven years, Liberace started attending the Wisconsin College of Music as he was considered to be a child prodigy, and Liberace’s career started when he was a teenager. He enrolled at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and later went on to perform on his own as he chose to play only the music that was popular at the time.

Liberace Net Worth $115 Million

The musician played with a candelabra on his piano to entertain the audience, that was stunned by his performances. He often performed under the name of Walter Busterkeys to make some money for a living while his career was only at its beginning. Although the show didn’t go national for a couple of years after it started airing in Los Angeles, the premiere of the show called The Liberace Show could easily be considered as his big breakthrough.

Later Liberace starred in a film called Sincerely Yours and performed in Las Vegas. Liberace became such a popular star that he even started performing alongside the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley in 1956. At the height of his career the star was watched by nearly 35 million people. His television program was so popular that it broke almost every record on television when it came to the entertainment industry and performing arts.

Speaking about his personal life, Liberace had several legal dramas, as a magazine once printed an article stating that the star was a homosexual. Liberace tried to conceal his sexual preferences as much as he could at the time as the majority of his fans were young and single ladies who had fallen head over heels for the famous pianist. This type of admiration was very convenient for Liberace, as it helped to keep his fan base steady and to make his income even bigger. However, his chauffeur and bodyguard Scott Thorson, sued Liberace in 1982 for what turned out to be seeking support, as apparently they were once lovers and Liberace had made a promise to support Thorson.

Liberace died on the 4th February 1987, and initially there were rumors that he died because of complications that occurred due to him being infected with AIDS. It was only later that the autopsy showed that Liberace indeed died of pneumonia which was closely related to AIDS and is one of its side effects.

Liberace has definitely left his imprint of today’s entertainment, business and music industry, as he is cited as a major inspiration by such popular stars and musicians as Elton John, Lady Gaga and David Bowie.

Full NameLiberace
Net Worth$115 Million
Date Of BirthMay 16, 1919, West Allis, Wisconsin, United States)
DiedFebruary 4, 1987, Palm Springs, California, United States
Place Of BirthWest Allis
Height5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
ProfessionPianist, Actor, Singer
EducationWisconsin Conservatory of Music
NationalityUnited States of America
ParentsSalvatore Liberace, Frances Liberace
SiblingsGeorge Liberace, Angie Liberace, Rudy Liberace, El Cumbanchero, Warsaw Concerto, I'll Be Seeing You
NicknamesWladziu Valentino Liberace , The Glitter Man , Mr. Showmanship , Lee , Lee Liberace , Walter Liberace , Walter Busterkeys , Vładziu , Walter
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Televis...
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, BAFTA Awar...
Movies, The Liberace Show (US), The Loved One, Merry Mirthquakes, Sincerely Yours
TV ShowsThe Liberace Show (US)
1His Baldwin piano decorated with small mirrors.
2Candlelabra that he placed on his piano
3Extravagant clothes
1I've done my part for motion pictures. I've stopped making them.
2[to his manager Seymour Heller in late 1986] If my fans or the public ever found out that I'm gay or that I have AIDS... that's all they'll ever remember about me.
3The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
4Of course, I couldn't go out in the street in clothes like this, I'd get picked up. Come to think of it, it might be fun.
5Gee, you've been such a wonderful audience that I don't like to take your money. But I will!
6[in 1959, he won a libel case against the London "Daily Mirror" tabloid. What did he do with his damages?] I cried all the way to the bank!
7At the 1982 Academy Awards: I made my greatest contribution to motion pictures years ago. I stopped making them.
8What's better than roses on your piano? Tulips on your organ.
9[When asked how he could play the piano while wearing so many rings]: Very well, thank you.
10[on playing Radio City Music Hall in the Easter show]: You can have either the Resurrection or you can have Liberace. But you can't have both.
11(Spoken on stage): I didn't get dressed like this to go unnoticed.
12[From his 1973 autobiography]: Youthfulness, I guess, will always remain the thing that fans want to see in their favorite performers. They don't like to see them grow old. Possibly because it reminds them that the same thing is happening to them.
13(Commenting on a famous quote of his): You know that bank I cried all the way to? I bought it!
14Too many young performers have forgotten that the most important part of show business is not the second word, it's the first. Without the show there's no business.
15(Responding to a negative review of one of his performances): Your review hurt me! I cried all the way to the bank!
1He smoked 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day.
2Is mentioned by name in Nina Simone's rendition of "My Baby Just Cares for Me".
3He was posthumously awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 1, 2005.
4He was posthumously awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on January 7, 1994.
5Is mentioned by name in the song "My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson.
6In his biography and in the HBO program Behind the Candelabra (2013), Liberace insisted that his first lover, to whom he lost his virginity, was a professional American football player, a member of the Green Bay Packers team, "the most intimidating man I'd ever seen". According to Liberace's ex-lover Scott Thorson, the pianist had revealed to him that the affair had taken place when Liberace was playing a club called the Wunderbar in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1939, and that the player became Liberace's "first confidant".
7He was a Republican.
8Brother-in-law of Isabel Liberace.
9Uncle of Rudy Liberace Jr., Freddy Liberace, Jane Liberace, Ina Liberace and Diane Liberace.
10Brother of George Liberace, Rudy Liberace and Angie Liberace.
11Made his very last public appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 25 December 1986 (1986) almost six weeks before his death.
12Shortly after Liberace's death the London Daily Mirror asked for a refund of the $24,000 libel settlement it had paid him in 1959.
13In 1982, 24-year-old Scott Thorson, Liberace's former bodyguard, limo driver, and alleged live-in lover of five years, sued the pianist for $110 million in palimony after an acrimonious split-up. Liberace continued to publicly deny that he was homosexual and insisted that Thorson was never his lover. In 1984, most of Thorson's claim was dismissed, although he received a $95,000 settlement.
14Mentioned in the song "Mr. Sandman" written by Pat Ballard: "And [give him] lots of wavy hair like Liberace.".
15He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6527 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6739 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
16While wildly successful and good natured outwardly, Liberace was a complicated man whose political, social and religious conservatism existed side-by-side with a lifetime of secretive homosexuality.
17Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 533-535. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
18When filming a television special in England, he made a point of learning the name of all the production crew. Years later when he returned to make another show, he was still able to greet every crew member by name.
19The phrase "I cried all the way to the bank!" was said to be first coined by him after he sued and won a $22,000 settlement from the London Daily Mirror in 1959.
20Was parodied in several Bugs Bunny cartoons.
21Would often remark that he would like the viewer/audience member to "Meet my brother George".
22Liberace owned a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. This car resides in the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, and of only seven built by coachbuilder James Young that year, it is the only one with left-hand drive (the steering wheel on the American side), making it even more rare. The entire car is covered with small mirrored tiles, and with classic horses etched into them along the running boards. When he first got the got, it had a black and gray paint job. He also had a 1950s Rolls-Royce convertible painted with an American flag design.
23The episodes of the television series Batman (1966) on which Liberace guest starred as Chandel/Harry, Batman: The Devil's Fingers (1966) and Batman: The Dead Ringers (1966), were the highest-rated in the series' history. By all accounts, he got along well with the cast and crew and would play impromptu recitals at the end of each day's filming.
24According to his cook, his last meal was Cream of Wheat hot cereal, made with half and half, and seasoned with brown sugar.
25When he opened Las Vegas' Riviera Casino-Hotel in 1954, he was the city's highest paid entertainer. That concert was the first one where he wore extravagant costumes (He wore a gold llame jacket).
26License plate on one of his Rolls-Royces: "88 KEYS"
27In 1976, during the height of the American Bicentennial, he once performed wearing red, white and blue hot pants. It made headlines around the world.
28As reported in the June 2001 issue "A&E Biography" Magazine, Liberace was so vain about his baldness that he would even go to bed wearing one of his hairpieces, even on hot nights. According to the same article, he once almost refused to have a facelift when the doctor asked him to take his toupee off.
29At the insistence of Polish piano virtuoso, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, he dropped his first names and performed under his last name, only.
30While born "Wladziu Valentino Liberace", he later changed his first name to "Walter", but his friends and relatives knew him as "Lee".
31Closed his concerts with the song "I'll Be Seeing You".
32His final performance was on November 2, 1986 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
33Owned pianos previously owned by Frédéric Chopin and George Gershwin, as well as an inlaid and ormolued Louis XV desk that may have been owned by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
34Many of his pianos, cars, jewelry and costumes are on display in the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Funds from the admissions to the non-profit museum go to The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, which awards music scholarships.
35Was parodied in Al Capp's comic strip, "L'il Abner", as "Loverboynik".
36Successfully sued the London "Daily Mirror" in 1959 after it published an article by columnist "Cassandra" which said that Liberace was "fruit-flavoured" (gay), which he strongly denied in court and insisted that homosexuality was an "abomination".
37Liberace's favourite song was "The Impossible Dream", because he truly mastered the art of believing. He made a dream come true. During his career, Liberace earned two Emmy Awards and five gold million best-selling albums.
38In the 1970s, Liberace spent at least $100,000 a year on his sparkling, brocaded, diamond and jeweled costumes.
39In 1969, Liberace was named one of the five highest paid entertainers in show business.
40As a young man, he worked the night club circuit as a pianist under the name: "Walter Busterkeys".
41In high school, Liberace had a musical combo called "The Mixers".
42Classical debut was at age 14 as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony.
43At age four, Liberace could play almost any tune by ear.
44His older brother, George Liberace played the violin.
45His mother, Frances Liberace, played piano as did his sister, Angie Liberace.
46Liberace's father, Salvatore Liberace, was a French horn player for the Milwaukee Symphony.


Sleeping with Other People2015performer: "MOONLIGHT SONATA LIBERACE"
Behind the Candelabra2013TV Movie performer: "Tico Tico", "Nola", "When Liberace Winks at Me", "Love is Blue", "Kitten on the Keys" / writer: "The Liberace Boogie", "Sincerely Yours"
Tournée2010performer: "Moon River"
Ocean's Eleven2001performer: "Misty", "Moon River"
Cecil B. DeMented2000performer: "Ciao!" / writer: "Ciao!"
Celebrity1998performer: "Fascination" 1932
Beavis and Butt-Head1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bert1994TV Series 1 episode
Alice1990performer: "O Tannenbaum", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
Crimes and Misdemeanors1989performer: "I'll Be Seeing You" 1938
New York Stories1989performer: "I'll Be Seeing You"
The Muppet Show1978TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Danny Kaye Show1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dean Martin Show1966TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Batman1966TV Series performer - 2 episodes
When the Boys Meet the Girls1965performer: "Aruba Liberace" / writer: "Aruba Liberace"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jimmy Durante Show1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sincerely Yours1955music: "Sincerely Yours" / performer: "El Cumbanchero" uncredited, "Rhapsody in Blue" uncredited, "Beer Barrel Polka" uncredited, "Sincerely Yours", "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie", "Chopsticks"
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars1955TV Special performer: "Hey, Liberace"
The Jack Benny Program1954TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Liberace ShowTV Series performer - 6 episodes, 1953 - 1954 writer - 2 episodes, 1954
Merry Mirthquakes1953performer: "Waltz in C Sharp Minor", "The Yaketa-Yak Polka", "Polonaise", "Liebestraum", "Orche Tchorina"
South Sea Sinner1950performer: "VALSE", "PIANO CONCERTO"


Hotel1983TV SeriesLiberace
Kojak1978TV SeriesLiberace
Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesLiberace
The Red Skelton Hour1958-1968TV SeriesLee Kadiddlehopper / Melvin Trueheart / Muggsy
Batman1966TV SeriesChandell / Harry
The Loved One1965Mr. Starker
When the Boys Meet the Girls1965Liberace
Date with the Angels1957TV SeriesLiberace
Sincerely Yours1955Anthony Warrin
The Jack Benny Program1954TV SeriesLiberace
Merry Mirthquakes1953Piano Player / Master of Ceremonies
South Sea Sinner1950Maestro

Music Department

Best Foot Forward1943musician: piano - uncredited


Pamplemousse1999Short acknowledgment: ultra-thanks to our helpful pals


Donahue1976TV SeriesHimself
The Galloping Gourmet1972TV SeriesHimself
Vlug van die Seemeeu1972Himself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
The World of Liberace1972TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Dean Martin Show1966-1971TV SeriesHimself
Tom Jones and Some Fancy Dressers1971TV MovieHimself
The Pearl Bailey Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Audience Bow
The Liberace Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Liberace Show1953-1969TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1969TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Mike and Liberace1968TV MovieHimself - Host
Showtime1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
Romp!!!1968TV SpecialHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1967TV SeriesHimself
The Monkees1967TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1964-1967TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1964-1967TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
The Danny Kaye Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Roger Miller Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The John Gary Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Program1963-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself (on film)
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Linkletter Show1964TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1956-1964TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
Another World1964TV SeriesHimself (1985, 1986)
Talent Scouts1962-1963TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1962TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1961-1962TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Talent Scouts1960TV SeriesHerself
The Royal Variety Show1960TV MovieHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1956-1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957-1959TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1957TV SeriesHimself
Shower of Stars1957TV SeriesHimself
The Jimmy Durante Show1956TV SeriesHimself
You Bet Your Life1956TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1956TV Series documentaryHimself
Warner Brothers Presents1955TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952-1955TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
Sheilah Graham in Hollywood1955TV SeriesHimself
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars1955TV SpecialHimself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself
Red Skelton Revue1954TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1954TV SeriesHimself
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Sinatra Show1952TV SeriesHimself
Footlight Varieties1951Himself
Texaco Star Theatre1951TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Stars1951TV SeriesHimself
The Arthur Murray Party1951TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Oprah Winfrey Show1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
Sally Jessy Raphael1986TV SeriesHimself
Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills1986TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1986TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
WrestleMania1985TV SpecialHimself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHimself - Introducer
Special People1984TV MovieHimself
CBS Early Morning News1984TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Saturday Night Live1984TV SeriesHimself
Live... And in Person1983TV SeriesHimself
James Bond: The First 21 Years1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself
A Gift of Music1981TV SpecialHimself
Lily: Sold Out1981TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1980TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Pianist / Himself - Guest / ...
Liberace in Las Vegas1980TV MovieHimself
The Muppets Go Hollywood1979TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Liberace: A Valentine Special1979TV SpecialHimself
The Muppet Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
The Russell Harty Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace!1978TV MovieHimself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas1977TV SpecialHimself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1977TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Jay Leno's Garage2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - episode of Jack Paar Tonight Show
WWE Hall of Fame2014TV SpecialHimself
Glasgow: Big Night Out2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment2013Video documentaryHimself
Here's Lucy Spotlight: Lucie Arnaz2012Video documentary shortClip from 'Here's Lucy'
100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
A Current Affair2011TV SeriesHimself
American Experience2005-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The True Story of WrestleMania2011VideoHimself
Starrcade: The Essential Collection2009Himself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami2008TV MovieHimself
Bruce on Vegas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 32007Video documentaryHimself
The 60s: The Beatles Decade2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Carta blanca2006TV SeriesHimself
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story2006Video documentaryHimself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology - Vol. 12005VideoHimself
Good Night, and Good Luck.2005Himself (uncredited)
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story2005DocumentaryHimself
Patti Page Sings the Hits2004VideoHimself
Christmas from Hollywood2003Video documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Cher: The Farewell Tour2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Nightclub Years2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2001TV SeriesHimself
Reputations2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Another World1999TV SeriesHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself
American Masters1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Hey, Hey We're the Monkees1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (episode "Art for Monkees' Sake") (uncredited)
The Real Las Vegas1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimself
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieHimself (Epilogue) (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Elvis '561987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bodywatch1986TV SeriesHimself
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television1986TV MovieHimself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Taxi zum Klo1980Himself (uncredited)
Fan Fever1956TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6739 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 8 February 1960. At 6527 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music in a Non-SeriesBehind the Candelabra (2013)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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