Monday, May 16, 2005

Liberace born May 16, 1919 

Wladziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987), better known by the stage name Liberace (and known to his friends as Lee), was an American entertainer.

In 1957 he sued the British tabloid The Daily Mirror for an article by veteran columnist "Cassandra" (William Connor). The article called Liberace a "deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavored, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love": that is, the article did everything it could to imply he was homosexual without saying so. Liberace sued for libel, and testified that he was not a homosexual and had never taken part in homosexual acts. Liberace won the suit and was awarded damages.

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