Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Interesting Friendships

I find it interesting the number of people that are similarly famous who have been long-time friends. If you know of others I can add do let me know! For example:

Harper Lee and Truman Capote

Apparently Harper Lee and Truman Capote were neighbors and good friends as children. They collaborated on some writing as well. She helped him with research on In Cold Blood and apparently he didn't give her any recognition or thanks for it....and that caused some strain in their friendship. Some have said that Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird, the one book Harper Lee is famous for, was inspired by Truman Capote

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien:

Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings. Both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings". According to his memoir Surprised by Joy, Lewis had been baptised in the Church of Ireland at birth, but fell away from his faith during his adolescence. Owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, at about the age of 30, Lewis re-converted to Christianity, becoming "a very ordinary layman of the Church of England" (Lewis 1952, p. 6). His conversion had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

They met when they were 10 and 8, respectively, growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More than two decades, a shared Oscar and several blockbuster-type films later, they're still buddies

Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth

Okay...they weren't childhood friends...but they had been good friends early in Gehrig's career. But they split over a comment made by Gehrig's mother. Some say it was about his step daughter and some say it was about Ruth's wife. For years they didn't talk to each other -- until Lou Gehrig Day, when they embraced again like best friends.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake

Britney and Justin knew each other as children performing together for the Mickey Mouse Club and had a highly publicized four year relationship. They broke up and Justin wrote a song called Cry Me A River, which had a video that featured an actress that looked like many assumed the song was about her cheating on him....which Justin denied.

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