Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call . . .
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
Wladziu Valentine Liberace (1919-1987), high camp singer and piano player was given a Los Angeles TV show in 1952 that became so successful it went national in 1953. He famously said about criticism that he cried all the way to the bank. He later revised this to being so successful that he had now bought the bank he used to cry all the way to.
Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.
When the reviews are bad I tell my staff that they can join me as I cry all the way to the bank.
I don't give concerts, I put on a show.
My mother worked in a cookie factory. My father worked in a factory. So anyone that dares begrudge what I have, just better get off their duff and do something about it to do something for themselves as well as their country. I feel that I have a perfect right to spend my money the way I damn please.
Nakedness makes us democratic, adornment makes us individuals.
I don't profess to be a healer, a minister, a priest. I feel as an entertainer I can do more good for the world than I would if I were a soapbox orator or a self-made politician.
You know the bank I used to cry all the way to. I bought it.
My whole trick is to keep the tune well out in front. If I play Tchaikovsky, I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggle.
You can have either the Resurrection or you can have Liberace. But you can't have both.
Men's clothes are becoming kind of mod. They're becoming more colorful and more flamboyant, and the male peacock is beginning to show his true plumage.
I feel that if entertainment is that important, the media, then it's my duty, not only to mankind but to God, to fulfill the promise that I carry on this work. If someone, for instance, can forget their pains and their ills and their strife by watching any performer then I think this work is worthwhile.
I once was poor myself. I worked to get where I am today and I've worked hard to spend $100,000 a year on my clothes and I've worked hard to earn $3 million a year. I deserve what I get because I worked for it.
I was born and raised during Depression Years when we were on County relief and we all went out and we hustled. We worked. I worked in a restaurant, I washed dishes.
I had to dare a little bit. Who am I kidding - I had to dare a lot. Don’t wear one ring, wear five or six. People ask how I can play with all those rings, and I reply, Very well, thank you.