I held out, mainly because the Emmy Awards are Sunday night and I wanted to see it so I'll know who to root for. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon each give truly amazing performances, no doubt about that. But other than the acting, I can't recommend the movie. It seems like something that just didn't need to be made. It was sad and icky, and it sure as hell wasn't entertaining. Liberace is not at all portrayed in a favorable light; he comes across as little more than a demented old, controlling queen. I can't imagine a fan appreciating this film too much. I could be wrong.
Anyway, last Sunday Mike took me to see Liberace's mansion at 4982 Shirley St. here in Las Vegas, not far from McCarran Airport. Mike has lived in Las Vegas since 1966 and remembers riding his bike past Liberace's house when he was a kid. He couldn't recall exactly where it was, but with the help of my trust iPhone, we found it.
According to this article, the property was purchased at the end of August for $500,000 by a British fan living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in honor of his 50th birthday. In 2006, during the Vegas housing boom, the house sold for $3.7 million (ouch!) and went into foreclosure in 2010. It sits on a corner lot with no land around it and is obviously in a state of disrepair.
Look beyond the dead tree and imagine Liberace himself, covered in jewels, under the canopied walkway.
Check out the Ls on the front door.
The place looks deceptively small, but in fact, it's a two-story structure with almost 15,000 square feet. Interestingly, there are ten bathrooms but only two bedrooms. Lots of room for entertaining, but no place for overnight guests.
I looked in the windows and took a few pictures of the inside.
Here's a video I took as we walked around the property.
Sad when you think of how opulent the mansion once was, but it looks like the new owner will restore the house to its former glory. It will be interesting to see what becomes of it.
Did you see Beyond the Candelabra? What did you think?