Synopsis by John Patrick Sheehan
Part of the Biography television series from A&E, this documentary spotlights the career and personal life of pianist Liberace. Liberace was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace. A self-avowed mama's boy and child prodigy, he was a consummate performer, playing in flamboyant costumes on ornate pianos, sometimes with symphony orchestras, but more often at Las Vegas or on television. Of Polish-Italian extraction, he was raised in a household where there was always music - particularly from father Salvatore who played French horn in both John Philip Sousa's Concert Band and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. George and the younger Wladziu were, likewise, both eager to become professional players. Liberace's piano skills were praised by Paderewski, and he won a place at Wisconsin College of Music at the age of seven. Liberace died of complications of AIDS in 1987, but this larger-than-life pianist, who had no major chart hits, had an indefinable charm and talent that gave delight to multitudes of fans across the globe.