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Douglas and Damon star in HBO movie about Liberace

6:40 PM, May 17, 2013
Michael Douglas, left, and Matt Damon star in 'Behind the Candelabra.'
Michael Douglas, left, and Matt Damon star in 'Behind the Candelabra.'
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When the news broke in 1987 that Liberace, the famously flamboyant Wisconsin-born 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.

A generation later, the man known as "Mr. Showmanship" is widely seen more as an avatar of kitsch than a true showbiz legend, someone whose sad death and campy image seem like relics of a less ...

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