Anderson and Janet Jackson: Being Young at Studio 54 and Michael Jackson
As a kid, Anderson’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, took him to the premiere of Sidney Lumet‘s “The Wiz,” and he remembers they rode in a car with Michael Jackson to attend the party at Studio 54.
In this clip from Anderson’s interview with Janet, he jokingly tells her, first, he wasn’t sure why his mom thought it appropriate to take him to Studio 54 at age 10 or 11. Embarrassingly, he says didn’t really know who Michael was until the next day, when he was told that Michael was Janet’s sister, someone he knew well from “Good Times.”
“I distinctly remember,” says Anderson, “watching him [Michael Jackson] dance at Studio 54 and thinking, ‘He’s a really good dancer, he should go into this'... like an idiot.”
Anderson’s hour with Janet airs on Monday, February 20 (Presidents’ Day).