Discover the unique, profound, and unlikely yet enduring friendship between two of the most prominent and beloved celebrities of all time—Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson—in this “exhaustively researched…consistently absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) biography.
From the moment Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson met, they were fascinated by one another. He peered into her violet eyes and was transfixed; she, in turn, was dazzled by his talent, intrigued by his sweet-tempered childlike personality, and moved by the stories she had already heard about his troubled early life. Soon a deep friendship blossomed, unlike anything either had ever experienced. Through their various emotional upheavals, the peaks and valleys of their careers, their personal traumas and heartaches, their countless health issues and extreme physical pain, and the glare of the often merciless public spotlight, their love for each other endured.
Award-winning biographer Donald Bogle skillfully re-creates the moving narrative of “these two forces of nature, and digs into the extraordinary histories that made them uniquely suited to understanding each other” (Alan Light, author of Let’s Go Crazy). Through the recollections of friends and acquaintances of the two stars, as well as credited and anonymous sources, Elizabeth and Michael emerges as a tender, intimate look at this famous “odd couple”—and a treasure to their millions of fans.
Entertainment biographer Bogle (Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters) here offers a thoughtful overview of the lives of Michael Jackson, filling a significant gap in celebrity biographies it would be easy to fill a room with books on the stars as separate entities, but comparatively little has been written about their famous friendship. Bogle concentrates on what they shared even before the two met. Though Taylor was 26 years Jackson's senior, their experiences as child stars with controlling parents and their histories of drug abuse bonded the two of them in a deeply emotional relationship that, according to Bogle, barely stopped short of romance. Though his prose is repetitive, filling space with awkwardly rehashed phrases and facts, Bogle excels at drawing explicit parallels between Taylor and Jackson's lives, especially when he relates both stars' early lives in alternating chapters. Bogle presents them as true soulmates, linked by both celebrity and shared experience.