About this Blog

"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." So said the bleached-out, late lamented artist Andy Warhol. Having lived and worked in New York City, Warhol came to fully grasp the hold celebrity has on us. In this very famous sentence, he meant to point out that in a culture fixated on fame, many people will suddenly flash brightly onto the public screen, then--poof--will just as quickly disappear from public view--like shooting stars. Other individuals derive their celebrity from one stellar accomplishment (one hit song, one iconic role, etc.) that they never again match.

This blog is devoted to the one part of our celebrity culture that no one has written much about: temporary/one-shot celebrities.

The pace of modern life has quickened, and now we hear people speaking of someone's 15 seconds of fame. These "celebrities with a lower-case c" who will appear in this blog sometimes come to us from the world of entertainment, sometimes from the world of news. All are fascinating.

The need of our communications media for a continual stream of new material assures that we will have no end of colorful people who go quickly, where celebrity is concerned, from zero to hero (or villain) and back to zero. Now you see 'em, now you don't. What a crazy world, eh?

Temporary celebrities coming from the world of entertainment include one-hit recording artists; TV and movie icons who, although they might have had a great many accomplishments in their career, are remembered for one big role; standouts of reality TV; sports figures remembered for one remarkable accomplishment; and people whose celebrity came from one big role in a commercial or print ad.

News-based temporary celebrities come in many forms: mass/serial killers, other murderers of special note, sex-crime offenders, disgraced figures of government/military/business/media/religion, spies/traitors, hoaxers, femmes/hommes fatale, heroes, whistle blowers, inventors/innovators, and victims.

Celebrity Blogsburg will consider each category in turn.

Friday, January 30, 2009

One-hit wonder Tiffany Darwish

California girl Tiffany Renee Darwish was only 10 when she began singing country & western music. She was on television's Star Search when she was 14 and cut her first album at age 16. In that same year, her song I Think We're Alone Now was a No. 1 hit, and she performed on the Johnny Carson Show.

Success brought toubles with it, however. She feuded with her mother, apparently ran away from home, and even had to endure what celebrities dread most: a stalker. Since that time, she has appeared on many a TV show, has toured the country and played Las Vegas, but has yet to match her big 1987 hit.

The singer, who performs under the single name Tiffany, has hit the headlines a number of times, as when she bought Chuck Norris' house, which she later sold, and when, in the 1990s, she posed nude for Playboy. She now makes her primary home in England.

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