The President of the United States, for instance, is famous by name and face to millions of people around the world. In contrast, both the Pope and The Dalai Lama are far more famous under their official title than under their actual names.Usually when politicians leave active politics their recognizability tends to diminish among general audiences, as other politicians replace them in their official political functions.In most cases the book was not written by the celebrity but by a ghost-writer, but the celebrity would then be available for a book tour and appearances on talk shows.Cultures and regions with a significant population may have their own independent celebrity systems, with distinct hierarchies.A Brazilian actor might be a B-list action film actor in the U. Some elements are associated with fame, such as appearing on the cover of Time, being spoofed in Mad, having a wax statue in Madame Tussauds, or receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was promoted by the Christian Church as a martyr and images of him and scenes from his life became widespread in just a few years.
Some nationwide celebrities might command some attention outside their own nation; for example, the singer Lara Fabian is widely known in the French-speaking world, but only had a couple of Billboard hits in the U.
S., whereas the francophone Canadian singer Celine Dion is well known in both the French-speaking world and in the United States.
As Paul Mc Donald states in The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities, "in the first decade of the twentieth century, American film production companies withheld the names of film performers, despite requests from audiences, fearing that public recognition would drive performers to demand higher salaries." Public fascination went well beyond the on-screen exploits of movie stars and their private lives became headline news: for example, in Hollywood the marriages of Elizabeth Taylor and in Bollywood the affairs of Raj Kapoor in the 1950s.
The second half of the century saw television and popular music bring new forms of celebrity, such as the rock star and the pop group, epitomised by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, respectively.