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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One-time movie icon Linda Blair

Missouri-born Linda Blair found her role as Regan in the great 1973 horror film The Exorcist to be easy as spitting up pea soup.

She had first worked as a model and had appeared in TV commercials prior to being cast as a young girl who had been possessed by evil. Blair flung her pre-pubescent body around with demonic fury, confounding the best efforts of a Catholic priest and scaring the heck out of audiences.

The 1977 sequel did as poorly as the original did well, probably harming Blair's career.

Between the two Exorcist films, she was in Airport and in 1981, she had a leading role in Hell Night. With spoof specialist Leslie Nielsen, she poked fun at the very film that made her a celebrity in Repossessed (1990).

Blair did a modest amount of TV work, with appearances on such shows as Murder, She Wrote; MacGyver; Married With Children; and Perry Mason.

For most of us, however, she will always be the wild-eyed, unpredictably demonic Regan in that bedroom in Georgetown.

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