Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson were fast friends up until the singer's death in 2009. The two A-listers had an unlikely friendship that survived the age difference, Jackson's legal drama, and his eventual drug problem.
A new book about their friendship gives an inside look at the high-profile, yet incredibly private relationship.
Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop -- A Love Story reveals that the "Thriller" singer was"transfixed" with the actress and regularly gave her gifts of diamonds. He was not the only one buying expensive presents. Taylor gifted him with an elephant named Gypsy, which he kept at his now infamous Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, California.
Bogle writes the "odd couple" were like two kids, spending their time watching Disney movies and sharing tea with a chimpanzee.
Through three decades of friendship the pair bonded over their childhoods spent in the spotlight and their public careers.
"Loving Michael seemed to have given Elizabeth another chance in life, and in turn, it gave her life another dimension," Bogle wrote. "Loving Elizabeth had given Michael a chance to be a kid again and also a man of the world."
Even when times became trying, Taylor stood by her friend.
" 'Michael, you have to get off now,' Elizabeth said as she shook him awake. But it wasn't easy," the passage concludes.