Liberace: His Life in Pictures

Pink-feathered costumes! A piano-shaped pool! Go Behind the Candelabra with PEOPLE's look at the flamboyant entertainer's most lavish moments

LEGIONS OF ADMIRERS

"He awed women," Reynolds says of Liberace's fans (surrounding the star in 1955). "They would cry, they were so overtaken by him." It was one of the reasons he spent his life in the closet. "He was protecting his career," says Weintraub. "His fans didn't think of him as a homosexual at all."