Lucy Riall talks about the life and career of Italian nationalist and soldier Giuseppe Garibaldi, and the circumstances in which he became the first celebrity of the modern political era. Other celebrities have been around for so long that the reason why they originally became famous has almost been forgotten. Elizabeth Taylor has been cited by James as an example of someone who originally rose to fame as an actress, but later became more famous because of her weddings and lifestyle. As James observed, the fame of some celebrities fades after a few years.
Silent film stars such as Florence Lawrence and William S. Hart, for example, have sunk into darkness nowadays. Other celebrities have become more famous over time. .
Celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Michael Jackson or The Beatles, on the other hand, have never been left out of publicity and today they are famous simply because of who they are. Some people became famous because of their association with other celebrities. Some examples are Yoko Ono (the wife of Beatle John Lennon), Lady Diana (who married Prince Charles in 198) and Wallis Simpson (whose affair with King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom led to his abdication). Another phenomenon examined in the series is someone's change in fame over time and thanks to media coverage.
Charles Lindbergh, first famous as an aviation pioneer, became, much to his horror, even more famous when his son was kidnapped and murdered. Dwight Eisenhower's fame as a general in World War II helped him win the presidential election a decade later. Joseph McCarthy used the media in his fight against communism, but in the end the media worked against him. Elvis Presley's fame reached legendary proportions after his death, when he sold more albums than during his lifetime.
Famous people appear in order of name. Although she was not famous during her lifetime, Jeanne Calment became famous when she died on August 4, 1997, at the age of 122 years and 164 days. Sometimes, the images weren't that famous, but they were used as a typical example of what the public associates with the celebrity or to show it at a more informal time, rather than as an icon. The television series used rarely seen archival material and world-famous photographs, movies and audio in which celebrities did or said famous things.
The cricketer Jack Hobbs was world famous throughout the British Empire during the interwar period, but unknown in countries where cricket was not popular, such as the United States. But before you start planning your own centennial celebration, take a look at the celebrities who came first. When Charlie Rose asked Clive James in 1993 to name the three most famous people of the century, he quoted Elvis Presley, Mohammed Ali and Bruce Lee. In previous centuries, people could only become famous by doing something that would be remembered years later.
However, Babe Ruth became internationally famous despite the fact that baseball was barely played anywhere other than the United States. Women who changed the world: famous women who changed the world, such as Sappho, Marie Curie, Queen Victoria and Catherine the Great. Born in Amsterdam, New York, on December 9, 1916, actor Kirk Douglas is famous for his roles in films such as Lust for Life (195), The Vikings (195) and Spartacus (1960). Clive James focused on fame in the 20th century, because the arrival of the media, movies and television forever changed the ways in which people became famous.