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A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. The word stems from the Latin verb "celebrere" but they may not become a celebrity unless public and mass media interest is piqued. For example Virgin Director Richard Branson was famous as a CEO, but he did not become a global celebrity until he attempted to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon. Another example is Al Gore, whose environmental crusade has elevated him to celebrity status. On the other hand, mass entertainment personalities such as soap opera actors or music stars are likely to become celebrities even if the person deliberately avoids media attention. Celebrity can refer to Celebrity, a person who is widely recognized (famous) in a society Celebrity (album), 1998 album by N Sync Celebrity (game), a party game Celebrity Cruises, a cruise line This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Popstar is a 2005 film directed by Richard Gabai. ... A celebrity is a person who is widely recognized in a society. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortensen;[1] June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe award winning[2] American actress, singer, model, Hollywood icon,[3] Cultural icon, beauty ideal,[4] fashion icon,[5] pop icon and sex symbol. ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... Popular press redirects here; note that the University of Wisconsin Press publishes under the imprint The Popular Press. Mass media is a term used to denote a section of the media specifically envisioned and designed to reach a very large audience such as the population of a nation state. ... Virgin Group Ltd is a group of separately run companies that each use the Virgin brand of British celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... “Round the world” redirects here. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article is about hot air balloons themselves. ... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... Popular press redirects here; note that the University of Wisconsin Press publishes under the imprint The Popular Press. Mass media is a term used to denote a section of the media specifically envisioned and designed to reach a very large audience such as the population of a nation state. ... The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television...

A famous definition of celebrity comes from the cultural theorist Daniel Boorstin. In his book,The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, he cynically describes a celebrity as “a person who is known for his well-knownness . . . a human pseudo-event.”.[1] Categories: People stubs | 1914 births | 2004 deaths | American writers | Rhodes scholars | Pulitzer Prize winners | Librarians of Congress ...


Central Celebrities

Irish author Oscar Wilde was a 19th-century celebrity, as famous for his outrageous personality and later disgrace for his homosexuality as he was for his writing.

MagnusdyDick is a fine example of a celebrity. Along with his friend, Alexander Patrovskvy Gorgovich, they together ended the war which we know today to be World War II. Oscar Wilde in his favourite coat. ... Oscar Wilde in his favourite coat. ... Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. ...

These celebrities are often prominent political figures, actors, globally successful artists, musicians and sports stars. A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. ...

The rise of international celebrities in acting and popular music is due in large part to the massive scope and scale of the media industries, enabling celebrities to be viewed more often and in more places. The reach of entertainment products is further extended by large-scale illegal copying of movies and music, which makes inexpensive pirated versions of DVDs and CDs available throughout even less economically developed countries. A developing country is a country with a low income average, a relatively backwards infrastructure and a poor human development index when compared to the global norm. ...

Regional or cultural celebrities

Each culture and region has its own independent celebrity system, with a hierarchy of popular film, television, and sports stars. Celebrities who are very popular in one country might be unknown abroad, except with culturally-related groups, such as within a diaspora. In some cases, a country-level celebrity might command some attention outside their native country, but not to the degree that they can be considered a global celebrity. For example, singer Lara Fabian is widely-known in the French-speaking world, but only had a couple of Billboard hits in the U.S., whereas singer Celine Dion is well-known in both communities. For other uses, see Diaspora (disambiguation). ... Lara Fabian (born Lara Crokaert January 9, 1970 in Etterbeek, Belgium) is an international Belgian-Canadian francophone singer, known for her vocal prowess and skilled technique. ... This article is about the musician. ...

In our modern system of civilisation, celebrity (no matter of what kind) is the lever that will move anything. Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (1868)[2] Wilkie Collins William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and writer of short stories. ... For other uses, see Moonstone. ...

Subnational entities or regions, or cultural communities (linguistic, ethnic, religious) also have their own 'celebrity systems', especially in linguistically or culturally-distinct regions such as Quebec (a French-speaking province in Canada) and Wales (a constituent country of the UK). Regional radio personalities, newscasters, politicians or community leaders can be considered as local or regional celebrities. This article is about the Canadian province. ... This article is about the country. ... Constituent countries is a phrase used, often by official institutions, in contexts in which a number of countries make up a larger entity or grouping, concerning these countries; thus the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has used the phrase in reference to the parts of former Yugoslavia...

A local celebrity can be more of a household name than a national celebrity and may often experience the same type of attention from the public as a national celebrity albeit in the confines of their particular region. For example, while journalist Lin Sue Cooney is a well known television reporter in Arizona, while she is little known outside the Southwestern US. In New York City, fashion designer Marisol Deluna is well known for her design work to the Park Avenue set, but perhaps would not be recognized as easily in Greenwich Village, a nearby neighborhood in Manhattan. Lin Sue Cooney (born c. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Brief introduction on the history of fashion design and designers Fashion design is the art dedicated to the creation of wearing apparel and lifestyle. ... Marisol Deluna (born 1967, San Antonio, Texas) is an American fashion designer. ... Park Avenue in the Upper East Side (2004) Park Avenue runs north and south between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in New York City. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (IPA pronunciation: ), also called simply the Village, is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City named after Greenwich, London. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ...

In a smaller country, linguistic or cultural community, a figure will be less likely to gain a broader celebrity. Shakira and Daddy Yankee were known largely in the Spanish-speaking world before becoming popular in English-speaking communities, by performing English language songs. Similarly, Spanish actors Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, who were country-level celebrities in their native Spain, were able to become global celebrities only after they became Hollywood actors in English-speaking films. This article is about the musician. ... Ramón (Raymond) Ayala (born February 3, 1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico), known artistically as Daddy Yankee El puerco de los puercos, is a Latin Grammy Award-winning reggaeton recording artist. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Penélope Cruz Sánchez (pronounced ; born April 28, 1974), better known as Penélope Cruz, is a Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated Spanish actress. ... José Antonio Domínguez Banderas (born August 10, 1960), better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor and singer who has starred in high-profile Hollywood films including Assassins, Interview with the Vampire, Mariachi sequels, Philadelphia, The Mask of Zorro, and the Shrek sequels. ...

English-speaking media commentators and journalists will sometimes refer to celebrities as A-List, B-List, C-List, D-List or Z-List. These informal rankings indicate a placing within the hierarchy. However, due to differing levels of celebrity in different regions, it is difficult to place people within one bracket. A Nicaraguan actor might be a B-list action film actor in the US, but be an A-list star in the Czech Republic. An objective method of placing celebrities from any country into categories from A-List to H-List based on their number of Google hits has been proposed[3], but while this method is quantitative, it only works for individuals with distinctive names, e.g., Jason Mewes, not Kevin Smith. The A-list is the roster of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood. ... This article is about the corporation. ...

Professions that can make someone a celebrity

Some professional activities, by the nature of being high-paid, highly exposed, and difficult to get into, are likely to confer celebrity status. For example, movie stars and television actors with lead roles on prominently scheduled shows are likely to become celebrities. High-ranking politicians, national television reporters, daytime television show hosts, supermodels[4], successful athletes and chart-topping musicians are also likely to become celebrities. A few humanitarian leaders such as Mother Teresa have even achieved fame because of their charitable work. Some people are internet celebrities and are found in videos online. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (683x1024, 449 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gisele Bündchen ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (683x1024, 449 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gisele Bündchen ... Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen (born July 20, 1980) is a Brazilian supermodel. ... A movie star or film star is a celebrity who is a person known for his or her roles in motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... List of television reporters: // Cristina Perez Richard Carleton George Negus Naomi Robson Abraham Gubler Mirka De Arellano (on USA television, but Cuban) Neida Sandoval Haim Yavin Fernando Arau Ana Maria Canseco Maria Antonieta Collins Rosana Franco Blanca Gómez Joaquin Lopez Doriga Karla Martinez Raul Peimbert Jorge Ramos Maria Elena... A supermodel is a highly paid fashion model in an elite group with a worldwide reputation. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Humanitarianism is the view that all people should be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings, and that advancing the well-being of humanity is a noble goal. ... Mother Teresa (born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu IPA: ) (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997) was a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. ...

While some film and theatre directors, producers, fashion designers, artists, authors, trial lawyers and journalists have achieved celebrity status, in general they are less famous than actors of equal professional importance to the business. Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Brief introduction on the history of fashion design and designers Fashion design is the art dedicated to the creation of wearing apparel and lifestyle. ... The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practicing the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... For information on the type of fish called Lawyer, see the article on Burbot. ... For other uses, see Journalist (disambiguation). ...

Individuals with their own television show (or sections of television shows) often become a celebrity, even when their profession would not normally lead to celebrity status: this can include doctors, chefs, gardeners, and conservationists on shows like Trading Spaces and The Crocodile Hunter. However fame based on one program may often prove short-lived after a program is discontinued. For other uses, see Chef (disambiguation). ... A gardener is any person involved in the growing and maintenance of plants, notably in a garden. ... Conservationists are those people who tend to more highly rank the wise use of the Earths resources and ecosystems. ... Trading Spaces is an hour-long television reality program on the cable channel The Learning Channel. ... Crocodile Hunter redirects here. ...

Celebrity families

An individual can achieve celebrity on the basis of their profession, accomplishments, or notoriety, without necessarily having any family or social connections to aid them. However, there are families where the entire family is considered to have celebrity status. In monarchies, all members of royal families are celebrities, especially when they are associated with a real or perceived scandal. As well, there are artistic 'dynasties', where several members of a family are associated with a profession - such as in music, sports or politics.

Examples include the Hiltons, Barrymores, Braxtons, Coppolas, Osmonds, Osbournes, Redgraves, Jacksons, Kennedys, Chaplins and Baldwins. The Hilton family is a successful American family founded by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton (1887-1979). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Braxtons were a 1990s pop group. ... The Osmonds are an American family pop group who achieved enormous worldwide success as teenybopper idols in the 1970s. ... The Osbournes was an Emmy Award-winning American reality television program broadcast by MTV in the U.S., by CTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the UK and MTV UK and Ireland in Ireland and the UK, RTÉ Two in Ireland, Network Ten, MTV Australia in Australia and TV2 in... The Redgrave family is one of the enduring theatrical dynasties, which is now into its fifth generation. ... The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5, and later known as The Jacksons) was an American popular music quintet (and briefly a sextet and quartet) from Gary, Indiana. ... The Irish Catholic political dynasty, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy The Kennedy family is a prominent Irish-American family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. ...

==Celebrity as a mass media phenomenon==

Paris HiltonIfuckedher typifies the modern paradigm of "famous for being famous".
Paris HiltonIfuckedher typifies the modern paradigm of "famous for being famous".

In the 1970s, academics began analyzing the phenomenon of celebrity and stardom. According to Sofia Johansson the "canonical texts on stardom" include articles by Boorstin (1971), Alberoni (1972) and Dyer (1979) that examined the "representations of stars and on aspects of the Hollywood star system." Johansson notes that "more recent analyses within media and cultural studies (e.g. Gamson 1994; Marshall 1997; Giles 2000; Turner, Marshall and Bonner 2000; Rojek 2001; Turner 2004) have instead dealt with the idea of a pervasive, contemporary, ‘celebrity culture’." Richard W. Dyer is an English academic specialising in cinema. ...

In Bob Greene’s article “The new stardom that doesn't require paying any dues,” he argues that for “most of man's history...people of talent would work to create something--something written, something painted, something sculpted, something acted out--and it would be passed on to audiences.” With the POOOOOOO of reality TV shows, Greene points out that audiences have been turned into the creators. He argues that the “alleged stars of the reality shows "Survivor" and "Big Brother,"have become famous not for doing, but merely for being.” [5]

You have to go through many hoops just to talk to a major celebrity. You have to get past three different sets of publicists: the publicist for the event, the publicist for the movie, and then the celebrity's personal publicist. They all have to approve you.

Michael Musto, [6] Michael Musto Michael Musto is an American Manhattan-based writer who began his career at The Village Voice, where he writes the weekly ([1]) La Dolce Musto celebrity and gossip column. ...

Greene says that “You simply have to be present, in the right place at the right time.” Whereas “...public[ly famous] people were once defined as such based upon the ffact that their remarkable skills had brought them to the attention of the public,” Greene states that with reality TV, “one can become a public person just by being a person, in public.”

Celebrities often have fame comparable to that of royalty. As a result, there is a strong public curiosity about their private affairs. Celebrities may be resented for their accolades, and the public may have a love/hate relationship with celebrities. Due to the high visibility of celebrities' private lives, their successes and shortcomings are often made very public. Celebrities are alternately portrayed as glowing examples of perfection, when they garner awards, or as decadent or immoral if they become associated with a scandal. This article is about the monarchy-related concept. ...

Tabloid magazines and talk TV shows bestow a great deal of attention on celebrities. To stay in the public eye and to make money, more celebrities are participating in business ventures such as celebrity-branded items including books, clothing lines, perfume, and household items.

Fame in the 20th century

Clive James, the Australian writer, broadcaster and performer, wrote a book on the phenomenon of fame in the 20th century. He contends that true fame was almost unknown before the 20th century, because of the lack of global mass media, and the first true media celebrity was Charles Lindbergh, initially because of his aviation feats and later because of the tragic kidnapping and murder of his son. Clive James AM (born October 7, 1939 in Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an expatriate Australian writer, poet, essayist, critic, and commentator on popular culture. ... Charles Augustus Lindbergh (4 February 1902 – 26 August 1974) (aka Lucky Lindy; The Lone Eagle) was an American aviator who was made world famous by being the pilot of the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic made solo from Roosevelt Field, Long Island to Paris on 20 May-21...

James points out that celebrity eventually became distinctly different from fame, resulting in the phenomenon of people who are famous for being famous. He cites Elizabeth Taylor as an early example, whose private life made her more of a celebrity than her film career had. He also contends that fame sometimes backfires on those who seek it by depriving them of their privacy for life, a point illustrated by the rise of the paparazzi and their fanatic desire for pictures and personal stories about celebrities. Famous for being famous, in popular culture terminology, refers to someone who attains celebrity status for no particular identifiable reason. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Taylor, see Elizabeth Taylor (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Paparazzi (disambiguation). ...

He argues that achieving great fame requires frequently reinventing yourself, as exhibited by Madonna and Michael Jackson. This article is about the American entertainer. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ...


  1. ^ Martin Mayer (1962-04-08). Wanted: More Events, More Heroes. New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-11-23.
  2. ^ Collins, Wilkie (1868). The Moonstone. London: Tinsley. Second Period, Fifth Narrative, Chap. 1
  3. ^ E. Schulman, "Measuring Fame Quantitatively. III. What Does it Take to Make the 'A' List?,"Annals of Improbable Research Vol. 12, No. 1 (2006), 11.
  4. ^ MODELS.com's Icons - 5-1
  5. ^ B. Greene, "The new stardom that doesn't require paying any dues,"Jewish World Review, September 14, 2000.
  6. ^ Interview with Michael Musto, David Shankbone, Wikinews, October 7, 2007.

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An interview with gossip columnist Michael Musto on the art of celebrity journalism

Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... Celebrity Worship Sydnrome, also known as CWS, is a newly identified psychological condition. ... Superstar is a term used to refer to a celebrity who has great popular appeal and is widely-known, prominent or successful in some field. ... This page is a candidate to be copied to Wiktionary using the Transwiki process. ... The Q Score is a way to measure the familiarity and appeal of a brand, company, celebrity, cartoon character or television show. ... A celebrity is a person who is widely-recognized in a given society and commands a degree of public and media attention. ... A list of notable television presenters (Brit. ...

External links

  • Academic website for the study of Celebrity
  • Feature article on the psychology of celebrity obsession, "Divine Trash", from Cosmos science magazine

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