You could say what you wanted about Liberace’s piano playing or his flamboyant costumes, but if you called him gay, he’d take you to court. The late entertainer famously sued Britain’s Daily Mirror in 1956 for an article that described him as “...the summit of sex—the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Everything that he, she, and it can ever want... a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love.” (He was awarded £8,000 in damages.) A year later, he went after Confidential magazine for a story titled “Why Liberace’s Theme Song Should Be ‘Mad About the Boy!’” But 25 years later, Liberace was hit with a suit of his own, when his former driver and bodyguard, Scott Thorson, sued for “palimony,” claiming they had had a long-term relationship. The lawsuit was later dismissed, and Liberace denied that he was gay. As did Thorson, in a 2002 interview with Larry King in which he claimed to be heterosexual. Their story will be told in a forthcoming HBO movie starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson. For the record, both actors are married—to women.