Liberace lights up Las Vegas
June 23, 1966: The Los Angeles Times caption reported:
Pianist Liberace uses a Tiki torch to symbolically light a 4-foot-high replica of his trademark candelabra, held by the rotating female statue atop the Sahara Hotel billboard on the Sunset Strip.
Liberace was hoisted 60 feet for the stunt, designed to publicize his new two-year, $500,000 contract with the Las Vegas hotel.
The next day, staff writer John L. Scott reported in his “In Las Vegas” column:
Liberace, resplendent as always, has begun a month-long run at Hotel Sahara, blending his individual brand of pianistics with humor. At the opening the greying but zestful entertainer played a variety of tunes that caught the fancy of a capacity audience liberally sprinkled with the middle age set.
While researching this image, I found this additional Liberace portrait below.
Liberace died on Feb. 4, 1987, at 67. Read his Times obituary.
April 16, 1979: Liberace in his new Liberace Museum in Las Vegas. This photo was published in The Times on April 17, 1979. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times
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