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"W?adziu Valentino Liberace", . He was informally known as "Lee" to his friends and "Walter" to his family/group=nb}}, mononymously known as "Liberace", was an American pianist and entertainer.

A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace's career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established residencies in Las Vegas, and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the sobriquet "Mr. Showmanship". Liberace was recognized during his career with two Emmy Awards, six gold albums and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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You can have either the Resurrection or you can have Liberace. But you can't have both.

I cried all the way to the bank.

Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.

I had to dare a little bit. Who am I kidding-I had to dare a lot. Don't wear one ring, wear five or six. People ask how I can play with all those rings, and I reply, "Very well, thank you."

Hildegarde was perhaps the most famous supper-club entertainer who ever lived, ... I used to absorb all the things she was doing, all the showmanship she created. It was marvelous to watch her, wearing elegant gowns, surrounded with roses and playing with white gloves on. They used to literally roll out the red carpet for her.

When the reviews are bad, I tell myself that they can join me as I cry all the way to the bank.

You know that bank I used to cry all the way to? I bought it.