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Keith Haring’s brush with celebrity culture

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As Keith Haring became more famous, he got to know the biggest celebrities of the era, referring to them by their first names. It started with Andy (Warhol), and continued with Brooke (Shields), Michael (Jackson), Farrah (Fawcett), Yoko (Ono), and more. “Getting to hobnob with everybody on Hollywood Squares was like a whole ‘nother level of fame that he really relished.”

(upbeat music) - He got well-known and then he got around Andy and then everyone started having one name that was around Keith.

It was Brooke and Andy and Grace, Yoko, and Michael.

Having his stuff taken seriously by the art world was one thing, but getting to hobnob with everybody on Hollywood Squares was like a whole 'nother level of fame that he really relished.

- All of a sudden he went from being this kid from Kutztown to hanging out with Farrah Fawcett.

- [Man] Juan was my lover during this time, but I was having more opportunity and especially with more traveling, more notoriety, and more boys around me all the time, I was already starting to become less and less true to Juan, really, and it was hard because I was constantly surrounded by temptation.

- There are some people who felt that once he got famous, he abandoned them.