Trouble with a tell-all Liberace biopic was too much for movie studios - Living - pressofAtlanticCity.com Mobile

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Trouble with a tell-all Liberace biopic was too much for movie studios

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Michael Douglas, left, is Liberace, and Matt Damon, plays his young lover, Scott Thorson, in HBO’s ‘Behind the Candelabra.’ Director Steven Soderbergh turned to the cable channel when major movie studios wouldn't distribute the film.

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When the news broke in 1987 that Liberace, the famously flamboyant pianist, was dead at age 67 with what his manager had claimed was anemia brought on by a watermelon diet but was, in fact, AIDS, it made front-page headlines around the country. It was a fitting tribute for a world-famous entertainer who just a few months earlier had played three weeks of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall.

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Michael Douglas, left, is Liberace, and Matt Damon, plays his young lover, Scott Thorson, in HBO’s ‘Behind the Candelabra.’ Director Steven Soderbergh turned to the cable channel when major movie studios wouldn't distribute the film.