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Six degrees

Mark Peters

 

Adam Lambert (right), the flamboyant American pop star, returns to the Hong Kong stage on March 5 to wow adoring fans with his theatrical live show. American Idol's greatest wearer of mascara recently celebrated his 31st birthday. Partying with friends in a Hollywood nightclub, he received a special gift from actor David Arquette (formerly betrothed to one Courtney Cox), who stripped to his underwear to perform a special lapdance for the delighted birthday boy. Raised Jewish, Lambert performed songs in Hebrew at a 2005 tribute concert dedicated to former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin …

 

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995 at a peace rally. Yigal Amir, a Zionist, confessed to the shooting despite no evidence of gunpowder residue being found on his hands or clothing. The fatal bullet wound in Rabin's chest conflicted with eyewitness reports that he had been shot in the back while walking away from Amir. The rally was being held in support of the Oslo Accords, which were officially signed in the presence of Bill Clinton …

 

After many years spent as an omnivore battling heart disease and having undergone quadruple heart-bypass surgery in 2004, the former United States president became a vegan in 2011. Clinton took the dramatic turnaround in his health one step further and teamed up his Clinton Foundation with the American Heart Foundation to offer healthy lunches to more than 12,000 schools across America. A trimmer Clinton also inspired actress Michelle Pfeiffer to give up meat …

 

Before the Hollywood beauty's film career began, with the disastrous Grease 2, Pfeiffer was taken in by a Los Angeles couple who ran a metaphysics cult. Helping the young actress to quit drugs and alcohol, they also took command of her life and much of her money. Her relationship with budding actor Peter Horton finally led Pfeiffer to cult "de-programmers", giving her the strength to escape the couple's clutches. In Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty, Pfeiffer appears alongside Cockney guvnor Michael Caine …

 

As an eighteen-year-old, Caine was called up to the British Army's Royal Fusiliers and deployed to South Korea, following the North's invasion. Despite being sympathetic to communism, the experience left him repulsed by the ideology. More recently, the decorated actor has called for the reintroduction of national service in Britain to give young people "a sense of belonging, rather than a sense of violence". In 1985, Caine was among the audience for Fashion Aid, which involved the "performance wedding" of actress Jane Seymour and wallflower Freddie Mercury …

 

The man with a stage persona larger than a besequined mammoth, "gay as a daffodil" Queen singer Mercury referred to Mary Hutton, with whom he'd had a relationship in the early 1970s, as his only true friend. Following his death, in 1991, Mercury left his home and the vast majority of his wealth to her. Attempting to fill Mercury's bombastic boots during concerts by Queen was the similarly peacockish Adam Lambert.

 

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