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, July 7, 2009

Misc.: Linda Tripp

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Surely Monica Lewinsky must have come to a rich, full understanding of this adage as it pertains to her former pal Linda Tripp.

Tripp had an important hand in the sex scandal that so tainted the Bill Clinton White House that the president was impeached.

A whole bevy of women have complained of being abused by Clinton over the years, but perhaps worst of these instances was the unseemly spectacle of the U.S. president having a sexual relationship with a 20-something White House intern.

The intern, Lewinsky, became close to Tripp, 48, who was reassigned from the White House to the Pentagon. Tripp recorded her phone calls with Lewinsky in which the two women discussed Lewinsky's odd affair.

Tripp provided copies of these tapes to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who was investigating possible perjury from the president's testimony in another sex-related action brought against him by Paula Jones.

Tripp lost her Pentagon job in 2001. She sued the Defense Department and Justice Department for leaking information from her personnel file and received a monetary settlement. Since that time, she has married and moved to Middleburg, Va., where she opened a shop.

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