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Three mayors
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes. One photo is superimposed onto another to make one image.
Liberace was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin, the son of working class Italian immigrants. A piano prodigy from an early age, Liberace's career spanned four decades, including concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. Liberace was one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world from the 1950s to the 1970s, a regular Las Vegas entertainer, and an international sensation. His brother George, a violinist, often joined him during performances. Nicknamed "Mr. Showmanship" Liberace's flamboyant excess both on and off stage, endeared him to people. He died on February 4, 1987.
Photograph caption dated April 30, 1955 reads "Liberace, new honorary mayor for Sherman Oaks, gets a good bussing from retiring mayor, Gale Storm. Dick Arlen doesn't seem to have a chance to give Liberace advice. Gale was mayor in 1953 and 1954. Arlen held the office from 1948 to 1953."
1 photographic print :b&w ;20 x 14 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
HCNVT_d045_f12_i6; H-18365.23 4x5
Storm, Gale,--1922-2009
Arlen, Richard,--1900-1976
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Pianists--United States
Singers--United States
Entertainers--United States
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Television actors and actresses--United States
Municipal officials and employees, Honorary--California--Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles)
Fur coats
Pointing (Gesture)--California--Los Angeles
Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Time Period

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