A world-renowned pianist with a career that spanned four decades and covered concerts, recordings, film and television, Liberace became the highest paid entertainer during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
A child prodigy born to a musical family, Liberace was a showman. He became a star in the '50s, both through his records and assorted television and film appearances. His appearance and repertoire were became increasingly campy, dressing himself in rhinestones, gold lame, furs, and sequins while playing everything from Gershwin and show tunes to lounge jazz and light classical pieces. With a lighted candelabra placed on his piano. Liberace's star rose rapidly in the early '50s, and he had his own syndicated television show, appropriately titled "The Liberace Show." His celebrity reached a peak in the mid-'50s starring in the 1955 film "Sincerely Yours," a movie about a deaf concert pianist, was mentioned in popular song, "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes and published his own cookbook. In 1956, Liberace celebrated 25 years in show business with an extravagant concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Liberace would go on to make appearances on other television programs like "The Ed Sullivan Show, "Person to Person," "The Jack Benny Program," "The Tonight Show with Jack Paar," "Here's Lucy," "The Monkees" and "Batman" among others.
The success of Liberace's syndicated television show drove record sales. By 1954, he had recorded nearly 70 albums with his record "Liberace by Candlelight" selling over 400,000 copies.
This museum quality framed photograph of Liberace measures 13" x 15". The white mat showcases a beautifully cut piano keyboard within the matting at the bottom. The photograph features a personal note reading "To Michael Good Luck, Liberace."