One of the campest performers ever, Władziu Valentino Liberace was born on this day in 1919. He died in Feb 1987 from cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonia as a result of AIDS.

His life became the subject of an HBO biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, called Behind The Candelabra in 2013.

Although Liberace never publicly came out, in fact, he sued the Daily Mirror for suggesting that he was, his former chauffeur and live-in lover, Scott Thorson wrote a book about the pair’s relationship called: Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace