Thursday, July 16, 2009

Michael Jackson's Most Unforgettable Moments - Careers high and low.

The harrowing, never-before-seen footage of the singer's 1984 Pepsi commercial accident


While filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984, Jackson's hair caught on fire. The next day -- with visible burn marks along his ear and cheek -- the singer went out to dinner with Webster TV star Emmanuel Lewis. It is believed that he first began dabbling in plastic surgery at this time.

In 1985, Jackson rescued three-year-old pet chimp Bubbles from a cancer research clinic in Texas. Bubbles was a constant presence in Jackson's life -- and even shared a two-bedoom hotel suite with the singer in Tokyo during the Bad World Tour. In a 2003 documentary with Martin Bashir, Jackson admitted that Bubbles had become overly aggressive and he sent the chimp to an animal sanctuary when Jackson began to fear for his newborn son's safety.


In 1986, Jackson, then 28, posed for a series of photographs featured in The National Enquirer while inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The publication claimed the singer slept in the chamber in an effort to live until at least 150 years of age.


Jackson -- here at a 1990 concert in New York City -- sparked controversy for his crotch-grabbing dance moves. In the 18-minute music video for "Bad," directed by Martin Scorsese, the singer was seen exhibiting motions he deemed were "choreography," but that angered many fans and critics.


Jackson, then 33, and an 11-year-old Macaulay Culkin greeted Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in 1991. The child star -- who later testified at Jackson's child molestation trial, admitted to CNN that he had slept in the singer's bed a dozen times between the ages of 9 and 14, but insisted nothing sexual happened. "As far as I know, he's never molested me," Culkin said. "I find that unlikely. I think I'd realize if something like that would be happening."


Taking to the television airwaves in 1993, Jackson defended himself against child abuse charges in a live TV appearance carried by major news networks including CNN.


Jackson stole a smooch from first wife, Lisa Marie Presley -- whom he wed in 1994 -- at the 1994 MTV Music Awards in New York City. The couple called it quits after 20 months. In a statement to Us following his June 2009 death, Presley said she's struggling to cope now that her ex is gone. "I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible," she said. "I am heartbroken for his children...This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me."


The King of Pop wed second wife Debbie Rowe in 1996 during the Australian leg of the HIStory World Tour. Rowe is the mother of Jackson's children Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr and Paris Michael Katherine. When the couple divorced in 1999, Rowe relinquished full custody of their children to Jackson.


The singer gave away pal Liza Minnelli at her fourth wedding in 2001 to David Gest. Liz Taylor was Minnelli's matron of honor.


Jackson fed one of Siegfried and Roy's famed white tigers in Las Vegas.


Jackson famously dangled his newborn son, Prince Michael Jackson II -- also known as "Blanket" -- over a Berlin hotel balcony four stories up while greeting fans in November 2002. He later apologized for the incident, calling it "a terrible mistake."


The performer offered a candid interview to ABC's Martin Bashir -- while riding on a Ferris wheel! -- that aired in February 2003. Among Jackson's shocking revelations to Bashir? He compared himself to Peter Pan and admitted to letting underprivileged children sleep in his bed. The Bashir documentary factored heavily into the singer's molestation trial. Jackson later admitted he felt betrayed by the video footage.


In November 2003, Jackson was booked on multiple counts of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif. Two years after he was officially charged, Jackson faced a five-month trial, after which he was acquitted on all counts.


The singer created a fan frenzy while standing on top of an SUV during his 2004 arraignment on child molestation charges in Santa Maria, Calif.


Arriving late to his court appearance in Santa Maria, Calif., Jackson showed off pajama pants covered by a black blazer.


Jackson's appearance changed drastically over the years. As for the change in skin color, Jackson told Oprah Winfrey it was the result of vitiligo, "a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of my skin," he said. "I have to even out my skin."


The performer purchased the 2,800 acre estate in Los Olivos, Calif., in 1988 to serve as his personal amusement park and home. Neverland's main house was closed in a cost-cutting measure in 2006. Though he transferred the estate's title to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company in 2008, he still owned an unknown stake in the property at the time of his death.


The germaphobic singer -- photographed wearing a surgical cap and mask exiting a Beverly Hills medical office in February 2009 -- went to great lengths to protect himself against illness.



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