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

ELIZABETH TAYLOR

Through all the child molestation allegations Jackson faced, he had the staunchest support from his longtime friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who the singer told Oprah Winfrey in 1993 was the one who anointed him the King of Pop – a moniker that stuck. What bonded the seemingly mismatched pair? Taylor told Larry King in a 2006 interview that "both had horrible childhoods."