Began piano lessons at age four
Debuted as piano soloist with Chicago Symphony at 20
Changed stage name to Liberace
Made film debut with small role in melodrama "South Sea Sinner"
Performed on local TV program in Los Angeles area
Hosted 15-minute summer series "The Liberace Show" (NBC)
Hosted popular syndicated variety program "The Liberace Show"
Played leading role in Warner Bros. feature "Sincerely Yours"
Returned to films after 10-year absence to play featured roles in "The Loved One" and "When the Boys Meet the Girls"
Hosted CBS summer variety series "The Liberace Show"
Founded the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts
Opened The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, NV
Last TV special, "Liberace with the London Philharmonic Orchestra," a broadcast of 1983 concert filmed at London's Wembley Centre
Gave final performance at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
Tell-all book <i>Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace</i> published by long-term bodyguard, limo driver, and alleged ex-lover Scott Thorson
Subject of two made-for-TV movies, ABC's "Liberace" (starring Andrew Robinson) and CBS' "Liberace: Behind the Music" (starring Victor Garber)
Portrayed by actor Willie Collins in comedy spoof "Hot Shots!"
Liberace Museum in Las Vegas closed
Portrayed by Michael Douglas in Steven Soderbergh directed HBO film "Behind the Candelabra"; Matt Damon cast as Scott Thorson