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Liberace


May 16, 1919 - February 4, 1987
Liberace lived almost a fantasy life both in real life and on stage. Although this flamboyant star leaves no question in our minds that he was gay, he himself tried desperately to keep that a well-guarded secret, really believing that no one suspected a thing. In fact, when a British tabloid had published an article saying that Liberace was gay, he successfully sued and won the libel suit. It is a bit of sad irony that Liberace would contract AIDS, a disease that was then termed the "gayplague."


On Sunday, February 1st, Liberace slipped in and out of a coma. The end came three days later. A lifetime chain-smoker who suffered from advanced emphysema and heart disease, he was weakened by these conditions and apparently was unable to stave off the deadly syndrome.


He died with both his sister Angie and his adored Shar-pei, Wrinkles at his side. Despite the family's vain efforts to cover up Liberace's disease, the results of an autopsy was announced, that he had died from complications of AIDS.
Liberace rests in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills. His grave is located inside the Court of Remembrance. You can't miss it. It's really beautiful, it's white marble with a classic statue on top. On the outside is his classic signature with a piano and candelabra. He is interred with his mother and brother, George. Also there looks as though there was another name on the crypt, but it was removed. I don't know who this could have been. In Las Vegas, Liberace has a fabulous museum, a must see for any Liberace fan. I am told it is the third most visited attraction in Las Vegas.
 Forest Lawn Cemetery - Hollywood Hills
 6300 Forest Lawn Drive
     Los Angeles, California
For directions to the cemetery see Bette Davis in the Glamour Girls Chapter. As you enter the gate you can ask for a map, but NOT directions to any celebrity graves. They WILL throw you out. Follow the signs to the Court of Remembrance. Once there park and walk into the entrance. You'll pass Bette Davis and go inside a first squared section, keep going to the next and you'll see Liberace in the right hand corner. Grave# L120