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Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco,
Chairman of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts,
50 years in Las Vegas,
Citizen of the world.
Claude was thirteen. He walked down an empty two lane road, avoiding puddles so that the rain water wouldn't get to his feet, through virtually disintegrated shoes, his only means of transportation. He accompanied his older sister and his mother, on the way back to their very humble home from the local store, on Washington state's rural Kitsap Peninsula. It was summer, 1945.
Liberace and the Famous People Players
Growing up in the Toronto area, Diane Dupuy was a young woman who did not do well academically or socially, during her school years. Ostracized by other kids, she had in fact repeated several grades, only to later find herself herself having trouble keeping a job as a young adult.
Michael Jackson and Liberace
Long before he was known as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson performed with the Jackson 5, in London. It was the 1972 Royal Variety Performance, and the Jacksons, featuring 14-year old Michael Jackson, were hot.
Liberace, Hugh Borde and the steel drum
The steel drum, also simply called "Pan," was developed in the Caribbean island country of Trinidad & Tobago, during World War II. The instrument is fashioned by hand from various forms of sheet metal, with the best having been the empty oil drums that littered the country just after the war.
From Tivoli Garden to Liberace Steakhouse
Known the ultimate showman of the stage, Liberace had other passions as well. He opened his restaurant in Las Vegas in 1983. It was named in part for the gardens at the Villa d' Este, in Tivoli, Italy, and in part for Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, an amusement park built in 1843. The name combines his love of the grandeur of the land of his Italian heritage, and also the fact that he enjoyed being described as a "one-man Disneyland."
Anna Nateece and the Influence of the Liberace Furs
At the height of her career as a fashion and fur designer, a former Royal Couturier of Queen Frederica of Greece and many other notables, Anna Nateece married renowned furrier, Ray Le Noble, and arrived in Las Vegas in the early 1970's. Her husband had recognized Anna's incredible talent and style in fashion and fur design, and immediately created the Anna Nateece brand. The Anna Nateece fur studios opened at the Dunes and Riviera Hotels, beginning in 1974. That's when Liberace discovered Anna's work, and began buying furs from her. Then in 1975, Liberace ordered a fur cape for the stage. Constructed of black diamond mink, it's entire interior was lined with thousands of large round cut, individually mounted, Austrian crystals. This look was later copied by Liberace's glazer John Hancock, for a car and two pianos in Liberace's 1985 Radio City Music Hall performances. Anna Nateece had virtually created what we now know as "bling."
Donald Trump and Liberace
Donald Trump met Liberace when the Entertainer was in Manhattan for his 1985 Radio City Music Hall residency. The show sold out seventeen weeks of bookings, all in advance in the spring of that year.
Line Renaud and Liberace
Liberace made his first trip to Europe in 1955. He was in Paris at the behest of Jack Warner, to promote his upcoming film, called "Sincerely Yours." But he was an unknown in France. So Warner asked Line Renaud to introduce Liberace to the press.