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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.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Iconic TV role: George Reeves

Actor George Reeves died in 1959, but older Americans will remember him as early TV's Superman.

Reeves served in the Army during World War II and was a Golden Gloves and Olympic boxer before turning to acting as a career.

His first acting job, however, was as a child-- a bit part in the movie "Gone With the Wind." He also had small parts in "From Here to Eternity" and "Samson and Delilah."

Large and solid, although not so much so as today's weightlifters, Reeves landed the role of Superman,the "man of steel," which he played from 1951 until 1958. His acting might have been a trifle wooden, but kids familiar with the Superman comic books loved the show, and Reeves.

Reeves was quite a man with the ladies as well, and rumors circulated that his death was somehow caused by an affair he had had with a married woman. Others say he died by his own hand. Either way, he was killed by a single pistol shot to the head at close range.

After the "Superman" show ended, Reeves had little success with getting other good roles.

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