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.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Femme fatale Amber Frey

Pretty 28-year-old Amber Frey simultaneously became an American femme fatale and a victim in 2002 after she had fallen for the smooth-talking charm of a married man named Scott Patterson. He had told her that he was single and that he had never been married. Later, he admitted that he had been married but had "lost his wife."

When informed by police that Patterson was actually married at the time and that his pregnant wife, Laci, was missing, Frey cooperated with authorities in taping her subsequent phone calls with him.

A mutilated female corpse and a fetus washed ashore at San Francisco Bay and were identified as Laci and her unborn child. Patterson was convicted of murder, although he has never admitted guilt. Frey did not court the limelight off temporary celebrity but tried to live as privately as possible Later, nude photos of her taken at a modeling agency years earlier surfaced on a website, giving her desire for privacy a temporary setback.

Frey later formed a relationship with a California chiropractor and lives a quiet, private life, while Paterson remains on death row. Frey is a good example of the temporary celebrity who would much rather not have become one.

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