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.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Victim Sharon Tate

One of the best-looking starlets ever to hit Hollywood, Sharon Tate in 1969 became one of the victims of the crazed Charles Manson gang.

Tate first went on stage as a child beauty pageant winner in her native Dallas. After putting her good looks to work as a model, she landed a small part in the movie Barrabas (1962) and that same year began getting small TV roles in Mr. Ed, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Beverly Hillbillies and other shows.

She also began a series of high-profile romances--with French actor Pillippe Forquet, next with Hollywood hair stylist Jay Sebring and, finally, film director Roman Polanski, whom she married in 1968.

Tate's biggest movie roles were in Valley of the Dolls (1967) and The Wrecking Crew (1969). She was being groomed for major stardom, but in August 1969, tragedy struck.

Killed in the same house with Tate were coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Folger's husband Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and a teen named Steven Parent. Tate was pregnant with Polanski's child at the time, while made the killing all the more terrible.

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