Ex­tinct star­dom

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“It’s been a long time since I used the phrase ‘movie star’ to de­scribe any­one, and for good rea­son. It doesn’t seem to ap­ply any­more. The word has be­come quaint. [. . .]

“Hep­burn, Col­bert, Garbo, Mon­roe — they were movie stars. The cur­rent crop of film ac­tors are merely [. . .] Amer­i­can idols, and their ap­peal is only to their im­me­di­ate peers. [. . .]

“The tabloids in­flate their sub­jects to the point where Paris Hil­ton ap­par­ently be­lieved it when she said, pre-or­ange­jump­suit, ‘Ev­ery decade has an iconic blonde, like Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe or Princess Diana, and right now, I’m that icon.’ [. . .]

“Hol­ly­wood used to be larger than life; its denizens were fan- tas­tic crea­tures, pos­sess­ing beauty and so­phis­ti­ca­tion that the rest of us could only gaze upon wist­fully.

“Now Hol­ly­wood seems to ex­ist to make us mere mor­tals feel bet­ter about our or­di­nary lives.”

— Jen­nifer Ni­chol­son Gra­ham, writ­ing on “Princess Envy,” July 25 at Na­tion­al­Re­view.com

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