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 9, 2009

Femme fatale Blaze Starr

Blaze Starr (born Fannie Belle Fleming in West Virginia) is one of our native land's most famous strippers. Even more than for her burlesque act, she is remembered for her affair with one of America's most colorful politicians, Earl Long of Louisiana.

Starr became known for her work at a Baltimore nightspot called the Two O'Clock Club, which she later bought. The voluptuous redhead was doing her act in New Orleans in 1959 when she met that state's governor, Mr. Long, and the two struck up a long-lasting romance.

In a move that seemed just right in the wonderful world of Louisiana politics, Long's wife, Blanche, had the old boy commited to a mental facility, a place where many a politician would fit right in.

Starr published her memoirs in 1974, and the movie "Blaze," starring Paul Newman and Lolita Davidovich, appeared in 1989.

The law of gravity being what it is, Starr departed the stage in the early 1980s and studied gemology in addition to owning her old Baltimore club.

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