Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, held court on an international stage that brought him into contact with world leaders, music industry icons and the A list of the rich and famous. Here, he escorts his good friend, screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, to her birthday party at the Pantages Theater in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles on Feb. 16, 1998.
Michael Jackson, center, stands with President Ronald Reagan, left, and first lady Nancy Reagan on the south lawn of the White House on May 14, 1984, prior to receiving an award from the president for his contribution to the drunk driving awareness program.
Michael Jackson is shown arm in arm with Italian actress Sophia Loren, a 1960s sex symbol, at a party at the American Embassy in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 1988.
Michael Jackson poses with legendary music producer Quincy Jones in this 1986 photo.
Lisa Marie Presley
Even when it came to choosing a partner, Michael Jackson showed he was no ordinary fellow. His first wife was Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the king of rock 'n' roll himself, the late Elvis Presley. Here, the two wave to photographers as they visit the Versailles castle near Paris on Sept. 5, 1994.
No stranger to royalty, Michael Jackson kisses Monaco's Princess Stephanie after he won in two categories at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, May 12, 1993.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Michael Jackson presents Britain's Prince and Princess of Wales with gifts before his third sell-out concert on Saturday, July 16, 1988, at Wembley Stadium in London. Princess Diana is holding one of the gifts, a "Bad" tour jacket.
Madonna sits with Michael Jackson in the front row at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Monday, March 26, 1991. Madonna performed the song that won the Oscar for best song, "Sooner or Later (I Always get My Man)," from the film "Dick Tracy."
Michael Jackson and Liza Minnelli pay a backstage visit at the Majestic theatre, May 10, 1988, in New York, after attending a performance of the "Phantom of the Opera."
Michael Jackson (left) and Lionel Richie are all smiles after receiving a Grammy for best song of the year for their song "We Are The World" at the 28th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1986.
Singers Michael Jackson and Diana Ross pose together in 1978.
Michael Jackson and American Music Awards' executive producer Dick Clark go over the show's script during rehearsals Jan. 24, 1993, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jackson, nominated for five awards, opened the show.
Michael Jackson poses with Sheik Abdullah bin Hamed Al Khalifa, son of Bahrain's king, and Mohammed Bin Sulayem, United Arab Emirates rally champion, in August 2005.
Actress Brooke Shields, left, and singer Michael Jackson are full of smiles as they arrive for the 11th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 1985.
Michael Jackson, flashing a toothy grin, is greeted by Mickey Mouse as the American super star visits Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1987. Jackson, who was in Japan on a concert tour, made the visit after the amusement park was closed to the public, seeking some fun between the concerts.