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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Victim Christa Worthington

Murder victims are all to numerous in today's America, but some of them gain considerable, if temporary celebrity all the same.

Such was the case with attractive blond and blue-eyed retired New York fashion writer Christa Worthington, who in 2002 was beaten, raped and stabbed to death in her Cape Cod home. When she was found, her 2-year-old daughter was sitting beside her mother's partially clad body on the kitchen floor.

Worthington, 46, had enjoyed a successful career, writing for The New York Times, Women's Wear Daily, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmo and ELLE in addition to authoring a few books on fashion.

The victim's father, a well to do attorney, put up a substantial reward, and finally, in 2005, a local trash collector with a long criminal record, Christopher McCowen, was arrested for the crime. He was found guilty and got a life sentence.

Worthington's tragic death was the topic of a 2003 book: Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod, by Maria Flook.

Due to the nature of the crime, the Worthington murder got enormous media coverage, but a few years later her name has pretty much faded from public memory.

No comments:

Post a Comment