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.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Reality TV Figure Evan Marriott

Handsome, well-knit Evan Marriott made a big splash in reality TV-land in 2003 on Fox's Joe Millionaire, a show that latched onto America's utter fascination with the holy grail of $1 million, a sum that today does not actually make a person rich. (Still, better to have than not to have that iconic sum.)

Marriott, 28 at the time, was actually a construction worker who, on the side, had also worked as a underwear model. His sleepy eyes, tousled hair and devil-may-care smile, combined with an excellent, sturdy build, made him perfectly cast for his role in a genre that demands good-looking members of both genders acting more or less like alley cats.

The show's set-up was that the bachelor posed as a millionaire, and a bevy of comely lasses were brought in to compete for his affections. The last girl standing--this might be an example of less than accurate wording--was teacher Zora Andrich, who split the $1 million prize with Marriott, but also split with him after his real identity had been revealed. They parted ways, she said, because she thought he was too much in love with the cameras.

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