We kiss-and-tell about these famous lip-locks

May 03, 2007|By Rob Hiaasen | Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter

He never kissed Jennifer Hudson.

This week on American Idol, the scroogy Simon Cowell was so impressed with Lakisha Jones' rendition of a Bon Jovi song that he kissed the contestant from Fort Meade.

"You rose to the challenge, you absolutely nailed it," Cowell told Jones before smooching her. "And nice lips."

A kiss may be just a kiss, but some, perhaps like Cowell's and Jones', belong in a Hall of Fame:

Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty: Last month, mobs in India burned Gere in effigy after the silver-haired American dipped and kissed the Bollywood actress in New Delhi. It wasn't even on the lips.

Adrien Brody and Halle Berry: Overwhelmed by winning an Oscar for his role in The Pianist in 2003, Brody enveloped award-presenter Berry. Might have been the kiss of Oscar death for their careers.

Britney Spears and Madonna: At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards - the last public event where both stars were remotely relevant - Spears and Madonna lip-locked, which was like watching a twisted sister and mother kiss.

Sammy Davis Jr. and Archie Bunker: In one of the longest sustained laughs in the history of All in the Family, Sammy planted one on a stunned Archie. A black man kissing a bigot on TV in 1972. And it wasn't even May sweeps!

Edith Shain and still unidentified sailor: Times Square. V-J Day. Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured what became an iconic image of World War II. Talk about a dip.

The Kiss: In 1907, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt created what also became an iconic image of unadulterated smooching. The gold and flowers are a nice touch.

rob.hiaasen@baltsun.com

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