Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson's Unlikely Friends and Odd Couplings

He married Lisa Marie, took Madonna to the Oscars and bonded with Liz Taylor – look back at his wild and wacky relationships


Though they disputed the nature of their relationship, this much is true: O'Neal (pictured with Jackson in 1979) met the singer at an L.A. club when she was 12 and he was 17, according to her book A Paper Life. The two developed a friendship, talked frequently and, reportedly, shared a kiss at her home. Jackson later described in ABC's Living with Michael Jackson documentary that O'Neal attempted to seduce him, which she denied.