Author Darden Asbury Pyron writes that Liberace had been "HIV-positive and symptomatic" from 1985. " (This phrase was already in use by the 1940s. He loved to hobnob with the "rich and famous" acting as star-struck with presidents and kings as his fans behaved with him.
Wladziu (or Vładziu) Valentino Liberace (/lɪbərˈɑːtʃi/ lib-ər-AH-chee; May 16 1919 – February 4 1987) best known simply as Liberace was an American pianist and vocalist. In a career that spanned four decades of concerts recordings motion pictures television and endorsements Liberace became world-renowned.