Here Are Some Of History's Most Famous Figures Just Hanging Out Together

We've all wondered what it'd be like to hang out with a famous person, but how about what it'd be like to be a famous person who gets to hang out with other famous people? You've probably seen the wonderful Tumblr, "Awesome People Hanging Out Together," but the list below documents the hangouts of some of history's most famous people with actual footage.

It's hard to understand why it's so enjoyable to see stars interacting together, but for some reason it's hard to not smile while watching Bill Murray jam with Eric Clapton, or Marilyn Monroe meet the Queen of England.

1. Before the Beatles could invade America, they had to contend with Muhammad Ali.

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This took place in February 1964, when Ali was still going by Cassius Clay. They met before Clay's fight with Sonny Liston -- a bout Liston was heavily favored to win -- and The Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Liston ended up losing and The Beatles had an iconic performance on the show which helped set off America's full-fledged Beatlemania.

2. Old man and the communist regime: Ernest Hemingway loses to Fidel Castro in a fishing contest.

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Fidel Castro won this Havana fishing competition in May 1960, beating out both Hemingway and Che Guevara. Castro caught a marlin for the win and Hemingway presented his trophy.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt entertains the ultimate entertainer, Lucille Ball, with cake.

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Eleanor Roosevelt cut the presidential birthday cake at the annual March of Dimes fundraiser in 1944. The event raised money to fight polio.

4. Andy Warhol tries to make a short film with a very standoffish Bob Dylan.

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Warhol conducted many "screen tests" with various celebrities throughout the mid-1960s, but the Bob Dylan session may have been the most awkward. Dylan apparently didn't really want to do it, and after the session was done, declared he was taking one of the now famous "Double Elvis" paintings in Warhol's factory as payment before walking out. Later on, Dylan would trade the painting with his manager for a sofa.

5. This encounter between the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela is likely the most peaceful meeting in the history of meetings.

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The two met in August 1996 at the South African parliament in Cape Town. Unfortunately, the Dalai Lama was not allowed to attend Mandela's funeral in 2013 due to visa issues.

6. Salvador Dali chooses Alice Cooper as a muse, because why not?

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For about two weeks in April 1973, these artists hung out together as Dali created art inspired by Cooper. Dali made a version of Cooper's brain that included a chocolate eclair and ants.

7. President, meet future president: John F. Kennedy shakes hands with a young Bill Clinton.

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Perhaps the two weren't really hanging out, but it's pretty cool that Clinton met JFK on a Boys Nation trip on July 24, 1963. Clinton was only 16 at the time.

8. James Dean tries and fails to threaten Ronald Reagan.

This was actually a live broadcast called "The Dark, Dark Hours," which ran on Dec. 12, 1954. In this short film, Reagan plays a physician that has to deal with the teenage Dean who holds a gun to the future president's head and demands treatment for his dying friend.

9. Welcome to the jungle: Slash and Betty White visit some animals at the zoo.

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The L.A. Zoo paid these two to hang out to promote the opening of the "Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles" exhibit in 2012. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether the two have hung out since.

10. Helen Keller adds Dwight D. Eisenhower to her list of presidential hangouts.

Helen Keller actually met every United States president from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon Johnson. President Eisenhower and Keller had this meeting in 1953.

11. Ringo Starr visits David Bowie, who looks too preoccupied with his hair to notice.

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This was David Bowie's last concert performing as Ziggy Stardust and took place on July 3, 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon Theatre. You can watch the performance in the documentary film, "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."

12. Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King Jr. campaign for civil rights.

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Belafonte used his celebrity to help fund the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. King and Belafonte were close and so after the assassination in 1968, Belafonte became an executor of King's estate and also chaired the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Fund.

13. Princess Diana gets bad with Michael Jackson.

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The Bad World tour sold out seven shows at London's Wembley Stadium in 1988, the third of which Princess Diana and her husband Prince Charles attended. Jackson presented the royal couple with a check for $450,000 as a donation to her charity that aided disadvantaged children, along with two custom Bad World Tour jackets for their sons. Apparently, Princess Diana pulled Jackson aside and asked him to play the song "Dirty Diana" that night.

14. Charlie Chaplin welcomes Winston Churchill to Hollywood.

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Churchill visited the United States in 1929 and met up with Chaplin in Hollywood. Chaplin was later invited to Churchill's country house in the United Kingdom, where he apparently grilled the politician about his failed decision to reinstate the gold standard while in office.

15. Queen Elizabeth II graces fellow 30-year-old Marilyn Monroe with her presence.

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During a screening of Monroe's movie, "The Prince and the Showgirl" in London on Oct. 29, 1956, the Queen arrived and met with the film's star. Both the Queen and Monroe were actually the same age at the time of this encounter.

16. Eric Clapton and Bill Murray make a formidable rock duo.

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Murray kicked off the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival with a rendition of "Gloria" which led to an introduction of Clapton. Unfortunately, the duo has yet to release any more songs.

17. Louis Armstrong and Paul Newman make a formidable jazz duo.

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The two starred in the 1961 film, "Paris Blues." You can watch the full musical performance here.

18. Bill Cosby invites his idol, Groucho Marx, to smoke and awkwardly shuffle.

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Marx's last television appearance was on "The New Bill Cosby Show" in 1972. Cosby idolized Marx and the two smoked cigars and danced together before the interview began.

19. Elvis Presley chats up none other than Cary Grant at his Las Vegas party.

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This party took place on Aug. 10, 1970 in Elvis' private suite at the International Hotel Las Vegas, which Sammy Davis Jr. also attended. You can see the show in the documentary film, "Elvis: That's the Way It Is."

20. Helen Miren and Paul Rudd teach us all how to love.

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This kiss took place on "The Graham Norton Show" on Feb. 1, 2013. This mini-makeout seems to have been a one-off fling as both Mirren and Rudd have been married to their respective spouses for over ten years.

21. Before "Mean Girls" is a pop culture obsession, Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan and Amy Poehler rap the night away.

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While apparently still on the set of "Mean Girls," the three performed the Kevin G rap from the film, with Poehler taking the role of head MC. The millennial classic turned ten this year.



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