It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: So Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando go on a road trip ... In reality, it's a bizarre tale that's part of an article in Vanity Fair's June issue, which says the three mega-stars were so desperate to escape Manhattan in the wake of 9/11 that they actually hopped in a car and drove themselves to safety in the good ol' Midwest.

Yes, the Godfather, the King of Pop and Cleopatra were supposedly on a road trip together that began in New Jersey (Jackson is said to have led the team to a safe place in the Garden State after they struggled to get out of their hotel garage because of screaming fans pounding on their car windows).