Justin Bieber to John Waters to William Burroughs to David Bowie to Liz Taylor
to Joan Crawford to John F. Kennedy to Grace Coolidge to Thomas Edison
On January 23, 2014, teenage pop music sensation Justin Bieber was arrested for driving drunk and resisting arrest in Miami, Florida.
The momentous remark emerging from the august confluence was when Bieber told Waters, “Your ‘stache is the jam.”
In 1978, an agent to artists hosted a dinner party in her New York apartment, inviting Waters as a guest, along with Interview magazine columnist Fran Lebowitz, where the guest of honor was famed father of the famous Beat Generation writers, revolutionary author William S. Burroughs. He flattered Waters by declaring him to be, “The Pope of Trash.”
On February 28, 1974, Burroughs interviewed glam pop star and actor David Bowie in his London home for a Rolling Stone magazine he was commissioned to pen.
In 1975, hoping to have Bowie audition for her upcoming film The Blue Bird, actress Elizabeth Taylor asked her friend, photographer Terry O’Neill, to arrange their meeting in the Beverly Hills, California home of her friend, director George Cukor, where O’Neill photographed them. Bowie was tardy, miffing Taylor miffed who was ready to leave, but relaxed for the snaps.
In 1954, Taylor met actress Joan Crawford at a Hollywood fundraiser for animal rescue.
“I have been known to criticize Miss Taylor on occasion, for her personal life. That’s none of my business. I never should have done it,” Crawford would later apologize to, then praise Taylor: “This girl, I think, has developed into one of the finest on the screen that I’ve ever seen.”
On May 3, 1963, Joan Crawford joined a delegation of Multiple Sclerosis Society board members who were invited to meet with President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. He had been a supporter of the organization since the 1950s.
In 1956, as the junior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy served on the board of his state’s famous Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, where he came to know one of its former teachers, by then its undisputed matriarch, former First Lady Grace Coolidge.
Some thirty years earlier, on August 19, 1924, less than three weeks after she became First Lady, Grace Coolidge joined her husband the President in welcoming to their Plymouth, Vermont home in the summer (along with Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford), the great wizard of electricity, father of the movie, inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Alva Edison.
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