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Scott Thorson

Scott ThorsonBorn: 23-Jan-1959
Birthplace: La Crosse, WI

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Relative

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Liberace's young male lover

Also uses the name "Jess Marlow."

Thorson met Liberace while visiting Las Vegas with his friend, dancer Bob Street. He caught the pianist's attention, and was invited to brunch the following day. Thorson joined Liberace's entourage several weeks later, they became fast boyfriends and almost immediately cohabited. Though Thorson (affectionately "Boober") admits he underestimated Liberace's libido. Their relationship lasted five years.

Thorson filed a palimony suit against Liberace in 1982, which was settled out of court four years later for $95,000. A year after Liberace's death, he released a tell-all memoir, Behind the Candelabra. Thorson was diagnosed with stage II anal cancer in August, 2012.


[1] Interview with Larry King, 12 August 2002. Thorson claims to be a heterosexual, but also admits to being Liberace's long term lover. Select excerpts from interview -- Thorson: "I don't think I was gay. I pleased him." Later, King: "You live a heterosexual life now." Thorson "Yes." King: "Are you married?" Thorson: "No. I have a lady friend that I've lived with for 10 years." When asked about his breakup with Liberace, Thorson replied, "And he started fooling around with one of the young men there, which I was just -- I couldn't believe it... [I became] Jealous, angry, because someone else was stepping in, but because I would not allow myself to have sex with him." King: "Did you ever have other homosexual relationships?" Thorson: "No."

Father: Dean Thorson
Mother: Rose Carahappa (foster mother, d.)
Father: Joe Carahappa (foster father)
Boyfriend: Liberace (pianist, boyfriend 1976-82)
Slept with: Michael Jackson (according to Thorson's interview with National Enquirer)

    High School: Walt Whitman High School (1977)

    Shot 1990 (five times, during robbery of his Jacksonville, FL hotel room)
    Witness Protection (after testifying against Eddie Nash)
    Polygraphed
    Burglary 22-Feb-2013 (arrested, charged four counts)
    Risk Factors: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Cocaine, Hepatitis, Anal Cancer

Author of books:
Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace (1988, memoir)


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