Friday, Jun. 26, 2009

An Unexpected Union

It was a match made in tabloid heaven: Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and Michael Jackson, the eccentric King of Pop, married in secret in the Dominican Republic in May 1994. The newlyweds made their first public appearance together in the U.S. at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards, and what a memorable one it was. After "Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jackson" took the stage in what the New York Times called a "surprise coup," Jackson turned away from his wife and coyly declared to the crowd, "And just think, nobody thought this would last." The awkward kiss that followed was panned by Jackson's critics as a ploy to restore an image tarnished by recent accusations of child molestation.

In the end, the marriage didn't last. Presley and Jackson would divorce two years later.

Click here to watch the kiss: clip begins at 2:00.