Widely considered a tragedy that changed the world forever, the 9/11 terrorist attacks saw four al Qaeda terrorists hijack four planes and kill nearly 3,000 people.
The attack in New York, as well as two other attacks in Virginia and Pennsylvania shortly after, sent shockwaves around the world with multiple celebrities fearing for their loved ones and colleagues.
in fact, some stars were scheduled to be on planes and others were destined to be in the twin towers when american airlines flight 11 and united airlines flight 175 crashed into the north and south towers of the world trade center.
As stories from survivors began to trickle out in the days following the attacks, fans were shocked to learn just how close their favorite artists had come to the tragic scenes.
We take a look at some of the famous names who were personally affected by the terrible events.
pete davidson suffered a personal loss in the terrorist attack, with his father among those fighting the fire.
The New York firefighter died when the comedian was just seven years old, and Pete later got the badge number, 8418, tattooed on his arm as a tribute.
will host a comedy show on September 12th, along with jon stewart and a host of other big names, to raise money for 9/11 charities.
Like many who were in New York that morning, Lady Gaga remembers every second of her day.
The bad romance singer was a teenager at the time and was standing on the roof of her high school watching the atrocities, alongside her classmates.
Detailing her experience on mtv news a decade later, she said: “I was at school with my girlfriends. I just remember the history teachers would have us all crammed into a room and they had a TV on and none of us believed what was happening.
‘so we didn’t believe it, so we ran up to the roof and I just remember we went up to the roof, and one tower had already fallen and we all saw the second tower fall all together. [my school] was miles and miles away, but the sky above us was jet black.”
The late singer might have been among the thousands killed if it hadn’t been for a late-night call with his mother.
The king of pop was scheduled to attend a meeting at the top of one of the towers the morning of the attacks, however, he fell asleep due to the phone call with his mother, katherine and his sister rebbie.
In his biography, you are not alone: Michael: Through the eyes of a brother, Jermaine Jackson wrote: ‘Fortunately, none of us had any idea that Michael was due to attend a meeting that morning on top of a of the towers.
‘We only found this out when Mom called her hotel to make sure she was okay. she and rebbie [jackson] and a few others had left it there around 3am. m.’
‘“Mother, I’m fine, thanks to you”, he told her. “You kept me up so late I fell asleep and missed my date.”
jackson died eight years later after suffering cardiac arrest caused by an overdose of prescription pills.
sarah ferguson, duchess of york
The Duchess of York was in NYC at the time, working from her office on the 101st floor of the North Tower at 1 World Trade Center.
On that fateful morning, I was filming a good morning interview somewhere else.
The royal was minutes away from returning to the offices of chances for children when the attack occurred. Fortunately, none of his employees died.
In 2018, he reflected on the impact of his experience while saying hello! magazine: ‘I take every minute as a blessing, I really do, and I really work hard at it. because the moment you look too far ahead, you’re missing out now. the moment you look back… you can’t go back. hindsight is a wonderful thing.”
paul mccartney was in new york the morning of 9/11, and was on the runway at jfk airport waiting to take off, when he saw the burning twin towers from his plane window.
‘through the window on the right side of the plane, you could see the twin towers. first there was a column of smoke and then there was a second”, recalled the legend of the beatles about the release of the love we make, a documentary about their concert in new york city, in honor of the victims.
I said it’s an optical illusion. it’s probably just some kind of small fire. finally, the butler came up to me and said, “look, something serious has happened in new york and we have to get you out of here.”
“I ended up on Long Island watching it on TV, wanting to go to New York, but no one could get back in.”
gwyneth paltrow inadvertently managed to save the life of a clerk working at the world trade center on that fateful day, and had no idea until much later.
The Marvel star ran into Lara Lundstrom Clarke in the morning, who was dazzled by their chance encounter and took a moment to focus on the celeb’s spot, but was late enough to miss her train to work. .
if they hadn’t had the encounter, she would have been on the 77th floor of the south tower when the plane crashed into her.
Speaking to Reuters about their encounter, Paltrow said: “It was an extraordinary story and all I could think about is all the people who had experiences like that that day, but they can’t communicate because it was like that.” t a recognizable person.
“he saw it was me, so he was able to send me a message, but I think a lot of destinies changed that day, obviously, and I’m humbly happy to be a part of his story.”
mark wahlberg also got lucky, as he was booked to fly to new york on the flight that crashed into the north tower, before changing his mind at the last minute.
Instead of going to New York, the late star and her friends traveled to Toronto to attend a film festival.
However, he was later criticized for comments he made about the attacks, when he seemed to suggest that he could have stopped the terrorists had he been on board. he has sunk as it happened, ”he told the men’s newspaper.
‘There would have been a lot of blood in that first class cabin and then me saying “okay, we’re going to land somewhere safe, don’t worry”.
wahlberg was forced to apologize for his comments after the widow of a 9/11 victim called his words “disrespectful.”
“To begin with, to speculate on such a situation is ridiculous, and to suggest that I would have done anything different to the passengers on that plane was irresponsible,” he said. “I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my response seemed insensitive, certainly not my intention.”
seth was supposed to board the same american airlines flight as his friend, mark wahlberg, but he missed the flight.
The creator of family guy was sleeping off his hangover while waiting for a different flight when he woke up to the panicked reactions of others who had seen the first plane hit the tower from the airport.
when the second plane crashed, the airline confirmed which flights had been taken by the terrorists, at which point seth realized that the flight he had missed had crashed into the north tower.
ted’s creator noted: “I was booked on that flight and I was drinking the night before and I was hungover and missed the plane by about 10 minutes.” he was very close to me… alcohol is our friend. I think that’s the moral of that story.”
later stated: ‘after the fact, it was sobering, but people have a lot of close calls; you’re crossing the street and almost got hit by a car… this was just related to something massive. I really can’t let it get to me because I’m a comedy writer. I have to put that in the back of my head. ‘
Months after the attacks, Rob Lowe discovered that he had been on a flight with several men who planned 9/11.
the flight had been after he had shot an episode of the west wing and it had been a normal trip, so the actor was surprised to receive a notice in the mail that 9/11 conspirator zacarias moussaoui I wanted him to be part of the deposition at Moussaoui’s trial.
Turns out the actor had sat next to Moussaoui during a test run on his flight.
Moussaoui was not one of the actual hijackers on September 1. 11, but was later captured and sentenced to life in prison for his role in planning the attacks.
singer patti austin was supposed to be on united flight 93, which was taken over by passengers who managed to stop the hijackers plans but still died.
The grammy winner’s mother suffered a stroke in San Francisco, forcing her to reschedule her flight for a day earlier.
“I felt that my life had been saved for some specific reason… I have yet to realize that, but now I do a lot of charity work, which I did before, but I do much more,” he said. explained.
austin recalled how his manager broke the news to him of his near miss: ‘remember, you were supposed to go on the second day of the show, and you had to leave first thing in the morning, and that was the only thing that left early enough in the morning for you to get back to san francisco in time to be with your mom,’ and i totally lost it.’
robert de niro was one of many stars who watched the horrors unfold right from their windows.
the native new yorker explained: “i came out of a meeting right after the world trade center was hit. i went to my apartment, which faces south, and i looked out the window at it. i could see the line of fire through the north tower I had my binoculars and a video camera, although I didn’t want to record it.
‘I saw some people jump. Then I saw the south tower go. it was so unreal that I had to confirm it by immediately looking at the TV screen. cnn was on. that was the only way to make it happen. as my son said: “it was like watching the moon go down.”
The Fargo star had worked as a firefighter in the 1980s and headed to locations to help rescue efforts for five days.
worked 12-hour shifts for several days searching for survivors and said at the time: ‘it was a privilege to be able to do it. It was great to connect with the fire station that I used to work with and some of the guys that I worked with.
‘and it was a big help to me because while I was working, I didn’t really think about it as much, or feel it as much’.
In a recent interview with Mark Maron, he stated, “I was privileged to have access to the site and be in the thick of it, and just experience the humanity of what was happening there.”
When asked by the podcast host if he had experienced any long-term health issues or post-traumatic stress disorder, Buscemi replied, “I haven’t experienced any health issues and I’m getting checked out, but definitely…stress?” post traumatic? Absolutely.
‘I was only there for like five days, but when I stopped going and tried to live my life again, it was very, very difficult. I was depressed, I was anxious, I couldn’t make a simple decision. All those things. she is still with me. there are times when I talk about 9/11 and I’m right back there. I start to choke and realize, ah, this is still a big part of me.”
chef miguel lomonaco
chef michael lomonaco’s poor eyesight saved him that day.
Known for overseeing three popular Manhattan restaurants, including the famous Window of the World restaurant on the 106th and 107th floors of 1 World Trade, he had an appointment to repair his glasses at noon that day in the lobby.
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He decided to see if he could repair them first and was heading towards the restaurant when he heard the noise of the attack.
The chef later recalled: ‘It was a feeling like I had never felt before. I couldn’t really hear anything, but this noise was unusual. later I would realize that it was the impact of the first plane.’
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