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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Notorious celebrity: Sara Jane Moore

Today, Sara Jane Moore has the appearance of everyone's kindly, gentle grandmother, but in 1975, she attempted to murder then-President Gerald Ford.

The place was San Francisco; her opportunity to shoot the president came as he exited the St. Francis Hotel. Ford was saved by ex-Marine Oliver Sipple, who grasped Moore's arm as she was about to fire her handgun at Ford. The one shot she got off missed the president but after ricocheting, struck and injured a cabbie.

Moore was immediately collared by Secret Service guards, was found guilty of attempted assassination, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Moore's personal life had been an unhappy one, complete with five divorces. She had become more than disenchanted with government policies and had decided to take a militant stand, hoping that her act would help bring about an American revolution that would change the prevailing power structure.

In 1979, she escaped from a West Virginia prison but was quickly located and returned to confinement.

Moore was paroled in 2007 at age 77 and apparently has lived quietly since then.

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