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 Mark Hamill

Ask any kid to identify Mark Hamill, and his or her ready reply will be Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars movies.

Hamill's celebrity-producing success came close to the very beginning of his show-biz career. His fortune was made when he was picked for the part of Luke in the 1977 George Lucas blockbuster movie that captivated a whole generation.

He also played Luke in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), having recovered from a 1977 automobile wreck that required facial surgery.

Hamill has scored no more big successes in the movies, but he has found plenty of work as a voice actor for movies, TV and video games, and he has enjoyed some success on Broadway, as well.

For all his accomplishments, most movie goers' mental image of Hamill is of the lithe young Luke, wielding his light sabre and playing off Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and the two starring robots as he combats Darth Vader and the forces of the Dark Side.

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