Thorson met Liberace when he was seventeen in 1976, through his friendship with a Hollywood film producer named Ray Arnett. Thorson was subsequently hired by Liberace to act as his personal friend and companion, a position that allegedly included a five-year romantic relationship, with lavish gifts, travel and promises by Liberace to adopt and care for Thorson. Liberace even incorporated Thorson into his Las Vegas stage performances. According to Thorson, their committed relationship ended because of Liberace’s sexual promiscuity and Thorson’s drug addiction.
HBO is currently producing a project based upon Thorson’s book Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace. The film will be directed by Steven Soderbergh and will star Matt Damon as Thorson and Michael Douglas as Liberace. (.)