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 Tim Curry

For most movie goers, Tim Curry and Dr. Frank N. Furter are practically synonymous.

Curry, born in England, broke into show biz as a cast member of the wild and crazy musical Hair, in 1968.

His iconic celebrity with U.S. audiences came a few years later with his envelope-pushing, completely outrageous performance as a mad scientist/transvestite in America's greatest cult movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

Curry has done well in legitimate theater, with a role in Tom Stoppard's Travesties, as Mozart in Amadeus, as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and as King Arthur in Spamalot.

His TV work has been limited, but includes the part of Shakespeare in an English series about the great wordsmith and a role on the sitcom Will & Grace.

He has appeared in other movies, such as Annie, It, and The Three Musketeers, recorded three albums, and has done an enormous amount of voice acting. Still, his one truly iconic performance was as the mega-strange Dr. Furter.

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