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

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The star often had young men in his home, including his much-younger lover Scott Thorson (seen in 1982), who is played by Matt Damon in the HBO film. "He had a beautiful boy around always – a different one every time," says Reynolds. "They drove his cars and doted on him, and he loved them almost like sons." Adds Douglas, "He was genuinely liked. I don't get a chance to play a lot of nice guys."