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.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

One-time movie icon George Lazenby

Handsome, imposing former model George Lazenby's iconic role was as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Although not the best of all the Bond films, the story was arguably the best of all the Bond books.

Lazenby, born in New South Wales, Australia, became Bond upon the retirement from that role of the first and finest of the several Bonds, Sean Connery. When you are number two, you try harder, and, although he had a very tough act to follow, Lazenby looked the part and acted well enough that his backers wanted him to play in future Bond movies.

Lazenby, in an act of remarkable overconfidence, decided that the role would limit him as an actor, and Connery returned for the next Bond film.

Lazenby appeared in a few less than memorable karate movies, and his second biggest success was in Kentucky Fried Movie in 1977. He has appeared in quite a few more recent movies, but none of these roles made much impact on furthering his fame or career.

In 2008, Lazenby and his second wife, tennis star Pam Shriver, divorced.

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