Throughout recorded history, there are accounts of people who attracted the trappings of celebrity which would be recognized today.
Athletes in Ancient Greece were welcomed home as heroes, had songs and poems written in their honour and received free food and gifts from those seeking celebrity endorsement.Ancient Rome similarly lauded actors and notorious gladiators and Julius Caesar appeared on a coin in his own lifetime (a departure from the usual depiction of battles and divine lineage).In the 12th century, Thomas Becket became famous following his murder. 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. In a pattern often repeated, what started out as an explosion of popularity (often referred to with the suffix ‘mania’) turned into a long-lasting fame: pilgrimages to Canterbury Cathedral where he was killed became instantly fashionable and the fascination with his life and death have inspired plays and films.
1. Pharrell Williams
Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the oldest of three sons of Pharaoh Williams, a handyman, and his wife Carolyn, a teacher.His roots extend for generations in Virginia and North Carolina, and one of his ancestors journeyed to West Africa in 1831, prompting other relatives to emigrate from America to Liberia in 1832.
He met Chad Hugo in a seventh-grade summer band camp where Williams played the keyboards and drums and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They were also both members of a marching band; Williams played the snare drum while Hugo was the drum major.Williams attended Princess Anne High School where he played in the school band; there he got the name Skateboard P.Hugo attended Kempsville High School. In the MTV show When I Was 17, Pharrell stated that he was a nerd and often did things that stood out from most of his peers.
In the early 1990s, Hugo and Williams formed a four-piece “R&B-type” group, the Neptunes, with friends Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge. They later entered a high school talent show where they were discovered by Teddy Riley, whose studio was next to Princess Anne High School.
2. Bob Geldof
Geldof is widely recognised for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa.In 1984 he and Midge Ure founded the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.They went on to organise the charity super-concert Live Aid the following year and the Live 8 concerts in 2005.Geldof currently serves as an adviser to the ONE Campaign, founded by fellow Irishman Bono.A single father, Geldof has also been outspoken for the fathers’ rights movement.
Geldof was appointed an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and is a recipient of the Man of Peace title which recognises individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace”, among numerous other awards and nominations.In 2005 he received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
3. Steve Jobs
Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 to sell Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The duo gained fame and wealth a year later for the Apple II, one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers. In 1979, after a tour of Xerox PARC, Jobs saw the commercial potential of the Xerox Alto, which was mouse-driven and had a graphical user interface (GUI). This led to development of the failed Apple Lisa in 1983, followed by the successful Macintosh in 1984. In addition to being the first mass-produced computer with a GUI, the Macintosh instigated the sudden rise of the desktop publishing industry in 1985 with the addition of the Apple LaserWriter, the first laser printer to feature vector graphics. Following a long power struggle, Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985.
4. Eddie Murphy
Murphy first earned national attention as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL), and was credited with helping to revitalize the show during the early 1980s.His notable characters included a grownup version of the Little Rascals character Buckwheat;a street-wise children’s show host named Mr. Robinson (a spoof of Fred Rogers, who found it amusing[); and a morose, cynical Gumby, whose trademark slogan became an SNL catchphrase: “I’m Gumby, dammit!”The Buckwheat character was retired in spectacular fashion—assassinated, on camera, in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza—at Murphy’s request, after he grew tired of constant demands from fans to “Do Buckwheat! Do Buckwheat!” In Rolling Stone magazine’s February, 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Murphy was ranked second (behind John Belushi). “It is customary (and accurate) to say that Eddie Murphy is the only reason SNL survived the five-year wilderness without Lorne Michaels,” they noted.
5. Robin Williams
Williams’ first film was the 1977 low-budget comedy Can I Do It… ‘Til I Need Glasses?. His first major performance was as the title character in Popeye (1980); though the film was a commercial flop, the role allowed Williams to showcase the acting skills previously demonstrated in his television work.He also starred as the leading character in The World According to Garp (1982), which Williams considered “may have lacked a certain madness onscreen, but it had a great core”.Williams continued with other smaller roles in less successful films, such as The Survivors (1983) and Club Paradise (1986), though he felt these roles did not help advance his film career.
1. Nicki Minaj Is it all about the ass or I am missing the point ?????
Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago on December 8, 1982.Her parents Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, and Carol Maraj, are Trinidadians of African heritage, with Robert additionally of Asian Indian heritage. Carol worked in payroll and accounting departments Minaj’s father was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and had a violent temper, burning down their house in December 1987.She has two siblings.
2. Kim Kardashian Is it just more of ass on this planet ???
In March 2012, Kardashian debuted her fourth fragrance, titled “True Reflection”, which she worked with the company Dress for Success to promote.That month, Kardashian and her sisters were named in a $5 million class action lawsuit against QuickTrim, the weight loss supplement they endorse.The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses the Kardashians (along with QuickTrim’s manufacturer, Windmill Health Products; the retailer GNC; and others in the sales and marketing chain) of false and deceptive marketing of the diet aid. The plaintiffs, hailing from several states, brought claims under their respective states’ consumer protection laws.In April, E! renewed Keeping Up with the Kardashians for two additional seasons, in a deal reported to be worth $50 million.
3. Miley Cyrus Bad attitude and extremely ugly behaviour, you could be a star without it !!!!
Cyrus is commonly recognized as a pop artist. Common Sense Media described the songs from the same album as being “upbeat” and “girl-power” oriented, citing the lyrics to “I Got Nerve” as a prime example.CinemaBlend compared the songs from Hannah Montana 2 to songs released by Avril Lavigne and Hilary Duff.
4. Angelina Jolie So much to offer and so much talent wasted because of crazy ideas inspired by money !!!
As the daughter of actor Jon Voight, Jolie appeared in the media from an early age.After embarking on her own career, she earned a reputation as a “wild child,” which contributed to her early success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.Celebrity profiles routinely covered her fascination with blood and knives, experiences with drugs, and her sex life, particularly her bisexuality and interest in sadomasochism.In 2000, when asked about her outspokenness, she stated, “I say things that other people might go through. That’s what artists should do—throw things out there and not be perfect and not have answers for anything and see if people understand.
5. Mike Myers Control freak, I really hate that kind of people.
You could be forgiven for thinking that “a night out on the town with Mike Myers” might make for a great old time, but this costume-inclined funnyman has earned more of a reputation for going totally nuts on set, so maybe you should reconsider that drink, huh? I hear Keanu Reeves is nice. Anyhow, Mike Myers has spent much of his career making everybody hate him. Though those who have worked close with the Austin Powers actor have cited him as a “genius,” they’ve also called him “a moody, temperamental control freak.” Ouch.