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, June 30, 2009

Reality TV Figure Lorenzo Borghese

In stark contrast to their usual practice of selecting their male characters from the ranks of hunky working stiffs, ABC's reality show The Bachelor ran in an honest to gosh 34-year-old Italian prince, Lorenzo Borghese on its 9th season.

Young Borghese was the real goods, and surely the female contestants on the show must have considered him to be Lorenzo the Magnificent. He is dark and handsome and is descended from one of Italy's most noble families--one that was instrumental in building St. Peter's in Rome. Among his ancestors are a pope and an especially influential cardinal. More recently, one of his grandmothers founded a successful line of cosmetics in the 1950s.

Lorenzo was born in Milan but moved to America when he was a small boy. Now living in New York City, he holds an MBA and owns the pet spa company he founded, and also works with his father in the human cosmetics business.

By now he has made the usual round of talk shows, but his brush with celebrity came in 2006 by way of The Bachelor.

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