19. Mikhail Baryshnikov/Leonid Jakobson
Famed Soviet choreographer Leonid Jakobson created "Vestris" in 1969 specifically for Baryshnikov, and it became one of his signature roles. The lovefest went both ways: "I think that Jakobson was one of the most original choreographers of this century," Baryshnikov told the New York Times in 1989. "He was of the stature of the great masters." Dance, dance, revolution, indeed.
20. Harry Houdini/David Blaine
In 1999, magic man David Blaine stopped the stage patter for a test of true endurance: survive for seven days buried alive. A similar feat was planned but never accomplished by Blaine's hero, Harry Houdini; the famed showman died the same year he was set to attempt the underground stunt.
21. Dave Coulier/Alanis Morissette
Morissette's pain was our pleasure. The singer-songwriter topped the charts in 1995 with her album Jagged Little Pill, and the vitriolic single "You Oughta Know" became an anthem for dumped women around the world. The ex-paramour referenced in the song has never been confirmed by Morissette, but former beau Dave Coulier from television's Full House told a reporter after hearing the tune "Wow, this girl is angry . . . I think I have really hurt this person." Revenge is a dish best served on radios everywhere.
22. Richard Nixon/Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in the States from Austria in 1968 and happened to catch Richard Nixon on television during his second bid for the presidency. After the English was translated for him, Schwarzenegger decided on the spot that he was a Republican. A kindred symbol of overcoming one's origins, Nixon formed the cornerstone of the Governator's political career, leading him to adopt and cite again and again Tricky Dick's mantra of free enterprise and limited government.
23. Don Rickles/Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Many aspire to the title Don Rickles, age 84, has held for decades: King of the Insult Comedians. But only one has truly learned the lessons of the master—Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. In pure vindictiveness, he provides best homage to Rickles' humor . . . for us to poop on!
24. French Poet Rimbaud/Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet almost as famous for his prodigious drinking as for his stunning verse, liked to call himself "the Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive," citing the 19th-century demonic adolescent French poet. To this day, the two remain among the baddest boys of books, ensconced in both the literary canon and rock-star myth.
25. Joseph Campbell/George Lucas
Drawing on the theory of archetypes proposed by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell wrote The Hero With a Thousand Faces, a study of myth and narrative that inspired a new film director named George Lucas to redraft a script he had long been working on to follow the path of classic stories of yore. Yes, young Jedi—that script became Star Wars.
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