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Various disasters, plane and ship crashes - all this has been happening with an enviable frequency for quite a long time. However, there are those lucky ones who were really lucky, and who managed to survive the meeting with the bony one and stay alive. Meet five famous personalities who have been pardoned by fate itself.
1. Waylon Jennings
Jennings, who later became a renowned country performer, songwriter and host of the Duke of Hazzard show, was Buddy Holly's little-known backing vocalist in 1959. When Buddy decided to swap bus for plane to get to his next destination, Waylon gave up his seat to J.P. Richardson, the singer better known as Big Bopper. The plane crashed near a lake in Iowa. Holly, Richardson and Richie Valens, as well as the pilot of the plane, died in the crash. She went down in history as “the day the music died” - this is how the singer Don McLean called this day in his song “American Pie”.
A few years later, Waylon described their last conversation with Buddy after learning that he was not going to fly with them on the plane: “Well, I hope your damn bus gets stuck again,” Buddy said before perish. In response, Jennings said with a smile, "Well, then I hope your old plane crashes." Waylon Jennings passed away in 2002 when he was 64 years old.
2. Steve McQueen
The actor wanted to visit actress Sharon Tate at her estate in Los Angeles on August 8, 1969, but at the last moment he accepted an invitation from another woman and decided that he liked it more. It turned out to be the decision that saved his life. Tate, her unborn child and four other guests were killed by members of the Charles Manson Family.
A little later, McQueen found out that he, like Sharon and many other celebrities, were on the list of Charles Manson, where he included those whom he dreamed of seeing dead. According to Steve, it also included personalities such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. Since that ill-fated day, Steve began carrying a gun with him. McQueen died in 1980 at age 50 from cancer. The media noted that among the famous personalities who were invited to Sharon's house, but for some reason did not come, there were also Denny Doherty and John Phillips.
3. Eleanor Roosevelt
In 1887, Eleanor, the future first lady, was barely three years old when her parents decided to go on an Atlantic voyage aboard the Britannic. After a day of travel, the ship was rammed by the Celtic, killing scores of people and injuring others terribly. Eleanor's father helped his wife and the rest of the crew get to safety in the lifeboat, then held out his hands for the crew member to pass the girl to him. Blanche's biography of Cook's 1992 visit notes:.
The Roosevelt family returned home aboard the Celtic, and when her parents wanted to continue the journey, the girl chose to stay with her aunt. As her friends and acquaintances note, as a result of the experience, the girl was never able to overcome her fear of water and heights. Eleanor lived a long and happy life, and died in 1962 at the age of 78. As for the Britannica, the ship, despite critical damage, was able to return to New York. The shipping company "White Star Line" later named several more ships in the same way, the three of which included the ill-fated Titanic as well. And another "Britannic" was sunk by the Germans in 1916.
4. Elizabeth Taylor
Like Kirk Douglas, Taylor could also have ended up aboard her husband Mike Todd's plane on his last, fatal flight in 1958. Fortunately, at the time, Elizabeth had a cold with an extremely high fever, and so Todd literally insisted that his wife stay at home. A little later, Elizabeth herself reported this to Life magazine.
The couple lived together for only one year. Todd was Taylor's third husband. Curiously, Todd named the plane that crashed, "Liz," after his wife, and put this on its sides. Elizabeth herself died in 2011 at the age of 79. Before her death, she managed to note that Mike Todd was the third, most stunning love in her life. The first two are Richard Burton and jewelry.
5. Flying Wallenda
The famous family of circus performers, known all over the world as "The Flying Wallendas", often faced various dangers in all their performances. However, the peak of this came on July 6, 1944. On that day, they performed under a huge dome in Hartford, Connecticut, being invited guests at the Ringling Brothers Circus and Barnum & Bailey.
At that moment, the Wallenda were high above the crowd in their positions, when one of them, Karl, who was about to ride a bicycle on a cable stretched over the arena, noticed the fire behind the stands and signaled to the rest of the troupe about the impending danger. Wallenda hurried to safety and were able to get out of the water dry, but more than a hundred people were not saved that day. The fire also spared some famous personalities. For example, the most popular clown Emmett Kelly, as well as Charles Nelson Reilly, who was then only thirteen, and who soon became a famous actor and TV presenter. Despite his phenomenal career, Reilly once admitted that he couldn't bring himself to sit in a spectator's seat, a result of his sad experiences at Hartford.
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