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"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.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Misc.: Harriet Miers

One of George W. Bush's close personal friends and most outspoken admirers, Texas lawyer Harriet Miers was in 2005 nominated by President Bush to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by Sandra Day O'Connnor. Meirs was not confirmed.

As a lawyer, Miers had done very well. She was the first woman president of the Dallas Bar Association, the first woman to lead the Texas State Bar, and the first woman president of the large Texas law firm Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell.

One thing that hurt her chances for Supreme Court confirmation was that she had never been a judge. Another roadblock was her personal closeness to Bush, who by that time had lost much of his popularity.

Seeing the writing on the wall, Meirs withdrew her name, and Bush then nominated Samuel Alito, who was confirmed in 2006.

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