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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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Iconic TV role: Alice Pearce

What fun to have gained a measure of celebrity by playing a mean-spirited busybody. Alice Pearce did this in the role of nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz on the sitcom "Bewitched."

Her job was to see the magic performed by her neighbor Samantha, a witch played by lovely Elizabeth Montgomery, then try like heck to get her husband or others to believe her, which they never did. She took this role in 1964 and held it until her death from ovarian cancer in 1966. She was replaced on the show by actures Sandra Gould.

The rubber-faced comedienne had worked standup comedy and had appeared on Broadway in her early years in show biz. Her list of TV credits was long, including small parts on
"Kraft Television Theatre," "Hallmark Hall of Fame," "The Twilight Zone,"
"The Ann Southern Show," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "The Donna Reed Show," and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour."

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