They both came from Milwaukee, but their paths often crossed at the Palmer House Empire Room in Chicago. They both went by single names. They both became international singing piano stars known for glamorous, flamboyant style. She was 13 years older and a major inspiration to him. They both became LGBTQ icons: she and her partner are celebrated as the first out lesbian couple in entertainment, while he remained closeted his entire life, but found ways to live his identity. You no doubt know of him: Liberace. There’s a fair chance you’ve not heard of her: Hildegarde.
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