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The Untold Truth Of Liberace’s ‘Boy Toy’ Partner – Scott Thorson

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• Liberace was a renowned entertainer of the '50s and '70s and the highest-paid entertainer in the world.
• His relationship with employee Scott Thorson ended when Scott was 2•
• Thorson sued Liberace for $113 million and received a settlement of $75,000 and three cars.
• Thorson had numerous problems with drugs and was sentenced to prison in 2008.
• Liberace died of AIDS in 1987 with a net worth of over $110 million.

Mr. Showmanship, as Liberace was popularly called, lived a full life; through the ‘50s and ‘70s, he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, had a rather controversial life, and at the end of died of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). He never admitted to being a homosexual while alive, but a number of his lovers came forward following his death, but also a few before he died. One of them was his employee, Scott Thorson, who is now serving a jail sentence in unsupervised custody in residential confinement, scheduled for release on the 3rd September 2022.

Liberace’s Boy Toy, or Toy Boy as he is often called, has had a dramatic life, since first meeting Liberace when just 17 years old.

The Untold Truth

Scott Thorson was born on the 23rd of January 1959, in La Crosse, Wisconsin USA; living with an abusive father and a mentally ill mother, Scott soon found himself on the street. He met Liberace in 1976 through their mutual friend, Bob Street, who was working with Liberace on his shows in Vegas, and it was on one of these shows that Liberace and Scott met. A year later, Scott was hired by Liberace as a personal friend, companion, chauffeur and assistant during shows.

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Their relationship turned into romance and lasted for the next five years until young Scott turned 22, when he was let-go, and their relationship ceased.

According to Scott, he claimed that their relationship ended, either because of Thorson’s drug addiction, Liberace’s promiscuous behavior, or both. Over the years, Scott developed a drug addiction so hard that later in life he had numerous problems, and until the present day hasn’t shaken-off his addiction. He claimed that once he underwent plastic surgery – to look more like Liberace – the surgeon gave him a cocktail of addictive drugs that included cocaine, Quaaludes, Demerol, and biphetamines.

Once their relationship ended, Scott filed a lawsuit against Liberace for $113 million, but ultimately the case was settled out of court in 1986, a year before Liberace’s death, with Scott receiving $75,000 cash and three cars plus three pet dogs, worth over $20,000. According to sources, the worth today of that sum would be $222,000. Once the lawsuit was public, and Scott’s claims that Liberace threw him out on the streets with nothing, Liberace started denying the allegations that he was gay, and in 1984 during court depositions, claimed that Thorson was never his lover.

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After Liberace’s death, Scott published the book, “Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace”, depicting their relationship. The book was later made into the film “Behind the Candelabra” directed by Steven Soderbergh, and released in 2013 starring Michael Douglas as Liberace, while Scott was portrayed by Matt Damon.

Law Problems, Shootings, Incarceration

Back in 1989, Scott was the main witness for the quadruple murders of the Wonderland Gang, and due to the importance of his testimonies, he was entered into the federal witness protection program.

However, the following year he was shot five times in his hotel room in Jacksonville, Florida, but survived to literally tell the tale.

His drug problems continued into the late 2000s when he was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to felony drug and burglary charges in 2008. Four years later, he was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer, but also managed to overcome the disease – during his treatments, he would plead for money through public campaigns. A year after he got out of jail, the police traced stolen credit cards to Scott under the alias Jess Marlow, and after pleading guilty to charges, he received five years’ on probation.

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However, his efforts to stay out of jail were really non-existent, as he tested positive on drugs several times, and his probationary sentence was turned into a prison sentence of from eight to 20 years. On the 2nd January 2014, he was confined in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, in Carson City, but is now in unsupervised custody in residential confinement, with a scheduled release date of 3rd September 2022.

Scott Thorson Net Worth

Scott enjoyed a lavish life while being with Liberace, as the showman showered him with gifts, jewelry, expensive travel, diamonds and mink coats.

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Scott claimed that he had more diamonds and mink coats than Elizabeth Taylor. However, he later sold almost all of his worldly possessions for cars and drugs. Still, his net worth is now estimated at around $1 million, as of mid-2020.

Liberace’s Short Bio

Born as Władziu Valentino Liberace on the 16th May 1919, in West Allis, Wisconsin USA, he was the son of Salvatore Liberace, an immigrant from Formia in the Lazio region of Italy, and his wife, Frances Zuchowska, of Polish ancestry. His identical twin brother died at birth, and he had three siblings that outlived him – George, a violinist, Angelina and Rudolph Valentino Liberace.

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The family struggled financially, which had put a strain on the members, but Liberace started taking piano lessons when just four years old. He was a child prodigy and nurtured his talent – he wasn’t like other children, which became more obvious in his teenage years when he started showing his effeminate personality, for which he was bullied throughout his school years.

Nevertheless, he found solace in the piano and music, and under the guidance of Florence Kelly, a music teacher who oversaw his development, he started performing for dancing classes, in clubs and at weddings.

It was in 1936 that he got his first major engagement, and was constantly performing through 1986,. He was heard on the radio, in concert halls and seen on television. For his live performances, he was earning over $300,000 a week. Although almost everyone knew, Liberace never admitted to being gay, but eventually died of HIV on the 4th of February 1987.

At the time of his death, Liberace’s net worth was estimated at over $110 million.

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  1. Paul Barresi

    December 3, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Liberaci was a master manipulator. I can tell you this from first hand knowledge.

  2. bluewren

    March 23, 2023 at 3:02 am

    How anyone can associate romance to this kind of relationship is beyond common sense. So a person can becomes an Icon overpaid learning to pump,out sounds on a piano and wear glitzy costumes and seduce sexually very young boys and he comes an overpaid hero.While a man who becomes a loving father with a good wife and brings up his kids with good moral values is nothing……..what a screwed up world,

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The Untold Truth of Emma Watson’s Brother – Alex Watson

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Who is Alex Watson?

The Wealth of Alex Watson

As of early-2020, Alex Watson has a net worth estimated to be Alexander Watson was born on 15 December 1992, in Paris, France, and is best known for being the brother of actress Emma Watson who found fame in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, playing the role of Hermione Granger. The siblings appeared together in a Burberry fashion campaign, and he’s also made several cameo appearances in the “Harry Potter” films.

over $1 million, earned through success in his various endeavors, including modeling and acting projects.

He may benefit from the success of his sister, as Emma has a net worth estimated to be over $80 million.

Early Life and Cameo Appearances

While Alex was born in Paris, the family later moved to England where he and Emma grew up. He lived mostly away from the spotlight, and his skill with the French language started to decline as he became more accustomed to living in the UK. His life started to shift when Emma desired to pursue an acting career. While he didn’t have the same interests, he supported her endeavors as she began training, and appearing in a few stage productions.

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Emma’s fame increased significantly after she was cast in the “Harry Potter” film series as one of the lead characters, Hermione Granger. While the producers didn’t initially think that the film would be the worldwide phenomenon it is today, many of its cast members would grow close like family.

More Cameos and Modeling

The crew also involved other family members such as Alex, who would appear in a cameo as a student in the first film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. The film is based on the JK Rowling novel of the same name, following the story of the titular Harry Potter as he goes on magical adventures with his closest friends.

The first installment was a huge critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2001.

They later followed it up by continuing the book series, with “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, and Alex had another cameo in the film as a student. The 2002 film is based on the book of the same name, and continues the adventures of Harry Potter during his second year as a student of Hogwarts. In the film, he discovers that the Chamber of Secrets in the school has been opened, leading to a monster being set loose. The film, like its predecessor, was an enormous success, becoming the second highest-grossing film of the year, only behind “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”.

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For the next two “Harry Potter” films, Alex was busy with other projects so he didn’t make an appearance. He later returned to make a short cameo in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” – in that installment, Harry Potter and his best friends go through their fifth year at Hogwarts, and deal with the aftermath of the return of feared wizard Lord Voldemort.

Burberry Campaign

In 2010, media outlets reported that Alex would be partnering his sister in a campaign for the fashion brand Burberry. He didn’t initially plan to model for the brand, but while he was looking for something to wear for a “Harry Potter” premiere, he was approached by the staff who quickly signed him for a modeling gig.

Emma was there to help him as she has more experience with modeling projects. He notes that there is a lot of tension during auditions for models, as everyone is on edge trying to get a job. It didn’t seem that he continued with modeling after that gig, as he expressed no interest in being overly concerned about his physical appearance.

Personal Life

Following Alex’s appearance with Burberry, there has been no news about him. He’s been more private about his career and personal endeavors so nothing is known in terms of any romances. There are social media pages under his name, though they appear to be fan accounts, and unrelated to him.

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His sister is known to be a universalist though it is not known if he shares the same beliefs.

Sister – Emma Watson

Despite having only acted in plays before her big-screen debut, Emma Watson flourished in her role as Hermione Granger, launching her to international star status. While working on the franchise, she gained numerous other projects, and after the end of the “Harry Potter” films, she went on to star in other projects.

In the 2010s, she appeared in notable films such as “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “The Bling Ring”, and “This is the End”.

In 2017, she played the character Belle in the live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast”, and also appeared in the film adaptation of “Little Women”, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Emma Watson’s Recent Projects

In 2014, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts rewarded Emma with the British Artist of the Year Award. She hasn’t yet taken any new film projects following her appearance in “Little Women”. While working on her acting career, she continued to pursue her education, and completed a degree in English literature in 2014.

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She’s also been doing modeling work, such as for campaigns with Lancome and Burberry.

Emma’s been very vocal about issues of human rights and gender equality – she is a UN Women Goodwill ambassador, and is responsible for helping launch the campaign HeForShe, the goal being for genders to work towards having gender equality. She’s been very active in work for women’s rights, recently establishing a legal advice line to help women who’ve suffered sexual harassment at the workplace.

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Who is Naomi Osaka’s father? Leonard Francois’ Biography

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Leonard Francois is the father of Naomi Osaka, the professional tennis player, who best Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open Final. He’s dedicated many years of his life working as a tennis coach for his daughters, Mari and Naomi.

Early life and family

Leonard Max Francois was born in the US, though he is of Haitian descent. His parents spoke only Creole, as they didn’t even know English. Leonard spent his youth in New York, eventually as a student of New York University. It was then when he met the love of his life and the future mother of his daughters, Tamaki Osaka. During one of his vacations from his studying, Leonard went to one of the Japanese islands, among them Hokkaido, where he met Tamaki, and soon understood that he wanted to proceed with a relationship with her.

Tamaki’s Japanese family accused her of dating a black man and bringing disgrace to the whole family, however, Leonard was not afraid of proving he was a good match for his Japanese girlfriend, so after graduating from University, he moved to Osaka, Japan, to live there with Tamaki and to be near her family to show them he was good enough.

Career

Leonard decided to go in for tennis coaching in 1999, when he saw the Williams sisters performing at the French Open tournament. Both his daughters were toddlers those days, but Leonard’s decision was made. He was amazed by their victory in the doubles, and swore to do everything he could to make his daughters the team of the Williams’ kind. Leonard was also encouraged by the fact that the coach of the Williams’ sisters, their father Richard Williams, played no tennis at all in his entire life, although Leonard played tennis quite a lot.

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Leonard’s younger daughter, Naomi Osaka, later admitted that the style of their upbringing at the courts was very similar to the one Serena and Venus Williams got from their father. Just as Serena once mentioned that nobody beaten her like Venus did, Naomi also shared that her older sister Mari was her toughest opponent. Leonard later found another coach for both of his daughters, for them to improve their playing level. Leonardo never forgot where he came from, so in 2000 he and his wife built an elementary school in Haiti, which Naomi later visited in 2019. He does a lot of charitable work, helping various funds to develop sports classes for children from low-income families.

Elder daughter, Mari Osaka

Leonard’s elder daughter, Mari Osaka, was born on 3 April 1996, in Osaka Japan. From an early age she was trained in tennis by her father.

She also likes drawing and often shares her pictures and sketches on her Instagram account. She also posts videos of her daily training routine, showing various interesting devices and gadgets which help her to practice and develop the speed, reaction and other skills important for a professional tennis player. Mari’s coach is now Maxime Kouyaté; he took her to the finals of The McLeod for Health Florence Open in 2018. Mari started participating in professional tennis tournaments in 2014, entering Bank of the West Classic, when she partnered Marina Shamayko in the doubles, however, they lost to Ajla Tomljanović and Varvara Lepchenko. Mari then could be seen participating at the 2019 Miami Open, when she played singles by receiving a wildcard into the main draw.

Mari likes travelling; her favorite destinations are Tokyo, Japan, and Paris, France. She likes dogs.

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She suffers a lot from many people comparing her to her younger sister who is more successful than Mari; however, she learns how to deal with it, not being depressed and developing her own career and achievements.

Younger daughter, Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka was born on 16 October 1997, in Chūō-ku, Osaka Japan. The questions that she is more than tired of answering is ‘Why is her surname the same as the town she was born in?’: ‘We’re recycling a joke from 2014! Everyone who was born in Osaka, their last name is Osaka’, she joked in her interview to Washington Post in 2018. When Naomi was three years old, her family moved to Long Island, then to Florida, when she was around nine years old. Naomi started playing tennis along with her elder sister, Mari. She worked hard and dreamt of playing against the Williams sisters.

At the age of 15 Naomi started working at the ISP Academy, being coached by Patrick Tauma, then in 2014 with the Harold Solomon Tennis Academy, and then moved to the ProWorld Tennis Academy, improving her skills and getting more opportunities to achieve success.

Naomi won her first WTA Tour match when she was only 16 years old, and became a sensation in the world of sports after beating Serena Williams at the US Open in 2018, while being ranked seventh in the world at that moment. The New Yorker called her ‘the next best player in the world’. In 2019 Naomi won the Australian Open, beating Petra Kvitová, the Czech professional tennis player, in three sets. The same tournament in 2020 was not as successful as Naomi expected it to be, as she lost to Coco Gauff, the American professional tennis player, in the third round.

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Controversy around Naomi’s win at the US Open

‘We will never know whether young Osaka really won the 2018 US Open or had it handed to her by a man who was going to make Serena Williams feel his power’, wrote the columnist from the Washington Post, Sally Jenkins. Indeed, the situation which took place during the match between Naomi Osaka and her biggest idol and inspiration, Serena Williams, was outstanding. The Portuguese umpire Carlos Ramos, who served as the chair umpire at the match, gave Serena three code violations. She accused him of stealing the point from her, insisting she was not getting coaching during the match. She also accused him of sexism and racism, but in the end she had to pay the penalty fees for her violations.

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Naomi won the game, and the audience was arguing if it was her skill which helped her, or the situation about Serena, which made the latter lose both her temper and the game. At the end of the game Serena congratulated Naomi and looked friendly, smiling at Osaka. However, her true feeling about the game were in fact the opposite, yet not directed at Naomi.

Personal life, wife Tamaki Osaka

Leonard has never separated from his wife, Tamaki Osaka who is a school teacher, since the day they married in 1989. According to the laws of Japan, his daughters took their mother’s surname; the law is also known as Koseki, ie the Japanese Family Registration Law. It says the foreign spouse must join the koseki of his Japanese spouse, and all of their children are to be registered under the surname of the Japanese spouse.

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Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

Leonard is an avid fan of many kinds of sports, so he spends a lot of time playing tennis and beach volleyball, swimming, etc. He also likes watching basketball matches. Leonard spends a lot of time with his parents, who still live in New York.

Appearance, clothing style

Leonard has black hair and dark brown eyes. His height, weight and vital statistics are not available at the moment, but judging by his photos with his daughter Naomi, who is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, he is a bit shorter than her.

Net worth and salary

As of 2020, Leonard’s net worth is still not reported officially. However, his daughter Naomi Osaka has a net worth estimated at over $29 million.

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Samantha Vinograd’s Wiki – Husband, Net Worth, Height, Body

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Who is Samantha Vinograd?

Samantha Vinograd is an American foreign policy commentator and analyst, who has achieved her fame by working for CNN as a National Security Analyst. In addition she has also worked for Goldman Sachs, having joined this American multi-national investment bank in 2013, but left in 2017.

Samantha Vinograd Wiki- Age, Childhood, and Education

Samantha Vinograd was born on the 19th February 1983, in New Jersey, USA of Jewish ancestry.

She is the daughter of Serge G. Vinograd, and his wife Barbara (nee Lefkowitz) – both of her parents are Jewish, and her father is one of the Holocaust survivors. She spent her childhood in Connecticut, living with three siblings, sisters Ariane and Cassandra, and a brother Benjamin. Samantha went to Hopkins School, located in New Haven, Connecticut and after matriculation she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and later furthered her education at Georgetown University, from which she received an MA degree in Security Studies.

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Career Beginnings

She unified her knowledge and degrees by starting to work for the US Department of the Treasury in Baghdad. Samantha then joined the Barack Obama administration and served in various positions, one of which was an advisor on the National Security Council, while she later assumed the position of the Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor, in addition to other positions.

Rise to Prominence

Samantha was making progress in her career, and in 2013 she joined Goldman Sachs, and was involved with public-private sector partnerships.

She remained at Goldman Sachs for the next four years, before she decided to pursue a career in journalism, although she also worked at Stripe, leading Global Public Policy. She was recruited by CNN in 2017 as a national security analyst, and made her first on-screen appearance in the show “New Day” as a correspondent, and the same year also started contributing to the show “At This Hour”. She was becoming more popular, and her role at CNN expanded, appearing in other political and talk shows, giving her insights on politics and foreign policies.

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Some of the shows to which she contributed include “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered” (2018), “The Situation Room” (2018-2019), then “Erin Burnett OutFront” (2018-2020) and “CNN Newsroom” (2018-2020), among others.

A Published Author

In addition to her work on screen, Samantha has shared her thoughts and insights with people through written media. She has a weekly column on CNN.com, and has also had a number of papers published by the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Daily Beast, and Politico, among others, which also boosted her popularity and wealth.

Samantha Vinograd Net Worth, Height, Weight, Body Measurements, and Appearance

Samantha Vinograd has built a name for herself working for CNN, and this has only increased her wealth. According to sources, it has been estimated that Samantha Vinograd’s net worth is as high as $300,000, as of early 2020.

Samantha’s vital statistics are currently unknown in the media, but her career doesn’t rely on her looks, so this is not so important for her. Nevertheless, she has a slim figure and weighs around 100lbs ~ 45kg. She has blue eyes and brown hair.

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Samantha Vinograd Personal Life, Dating, Marriage, Children

Samantha doesn’t like to speak much about her love life, and information about this aspect of her life remains unknown in the media. She often jokes about her future husband on her official Twitter account, however, it looks like she has found someone special as pictures on her Instagram page state. His name is Bennet Leifer, and he is CEO of the interior design firm, Bennett Leifer Interiors; although the two haven’t shared any information about their romance.

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She is involved in the community and has been a member of several humanitarian organizations; she is an advisor to the US Fund for UNICEF, World of Children, and is also on the Next Generation Board of the US Holocaust Museum and the Concordia Summit.

To speak further of her accomplishments, Samantha was also named a David E. Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission, and a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

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Samantha Vinograd News, Facts

Samantha has come to attention with her recent statements about President Trump and the entire coronavirus situation, saying that no matter that Trump has tested negative, he isn’t in the clear yet and that the president relies on China, in addition to other comments she has recently made.

Samantha has worked as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Public Policy Institute.

She uses Twitter as her most popular public outing in addition to CNN, while you can also find her on Instagram, but has made it more personal, sharing pictures of herself with her friends, colleagues, and family.

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