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Van Cliburn

Van CliburnAKA Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr.

Born: 12-Jul-1934
Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
Died: 27-Feb-2013
Location of death: Fort Worth, TX
Cause of death: Cancer - Bone

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Pianist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Piano prodigy

[1] Kevin O'Hanlon, "Pianist Van Cliburn sued for palimony", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 May 1996, describing a lawsuit by Thomas E. Zaremba "alleging that Cliburn exposed him to the AIDS virus", though no proof of such was ever offered. See also Marc Stein, Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (2004), page 290.

Father: Harvey Lavan Cliburn
Mother: Rildia Bee O'Bryan (pianist, music teacher)
Boyfriend: Thomas E. Zaremba (mortician, together 1977-94)

    High School: Kilgore High School, Kilgore, TX
Juilliard School of Music (1954)

    Van Cliburn
    George W. Bush for President
    Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity
    Ticker-Tape Parade 20-May-1958
    Kennedy Center Honor 2001
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 23-Jul-2003
    Grammy Best Classical Performance, Instrumentalist (With Concerto Scale Accompaniment) (1958)
    Grammy Best Classical Performance, Concerto Or Instrumental Soloist (With Full Orchestral Accompaniment) (1959)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (2002)
    Traveled to the USSR 1958
    Traveled to the USSR 1962
    Traveled to the USSR 1989
    Fainted Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX (14-May-1998)
    Funeral: Ronald Reagan (2004)

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