In the days after the 9/11 attacks, the trio of Liz Taylor, Marlon Brando and Michael Jackson found themselves trapped in New York where they'd gone to see the latter's concert at Madison Square Garden on September 10th. Unable to procure a private jet home, the three rented a car and drove to Ohio in what has to be one of the strangest road trips in history. It's The Hangover meets a circa-1985 National Enquirer wet dream.
All of this information comes from interviews with friends and companions of Elizabeth Taylor following her death for a story in the next issue of Vanity Fair. According to those interviewed, Jackson heard about the attacks and decided to leave New York immediately. They first fled to New Jersey to escape fans and then rented a car for the three of them.
Oh to be a fly on the wall of that Hertz.
According to this account, Jackson and Brando would switch off driving duties while Taylor rested in the back seat. Jackson and and Taylor were also apparently annoyed by Marlon Brando and his demands that they stop at every KFC and Burger King on the way.
For some reason they made it as far as Ohio and stopped, either because they reopened the airspace or perhaps because of the smell of the air in the small space they were sharing. Some are disputing that Taylor drove off with Jackson, but Corey Feldman says "Michael was trying to get Elizabeth out. He was at first looking for a private jet."
COREY FELDMAN! It must be true!
(Hat tip to Middleswine!)
Republished from Jalopnik