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"Everybody Loves Somebody": The A&E "Rat Pack" Biographies

"Everybody Loves Somebody": The A&E "Rat Pack" Biographies “ “E EV VE ER RY YB BO OD DY Y L LO OV VE ES S S SO OM ME EB BO OD DY Y” ”:: T TH HE E A A E E “ “R RA AT T P PA AC CK K” ” B BI IO OG GR RA AP PH HI IE ES S MIKITABROTTMAN The growth of photography and the motion picture industry in the twen- tieth century has been coterminous with the cult of the celebrity personality. When specific actors and actresses suddenly became valuable, sought-after property, when the ticket-selling faces took on names, then the star system was born. Or as Kenneth Anger puts it, “Cinemaland was cursed in its cra- dle by that fateful chimera, the ‘Star’” (28). The cult of celebrity experi- enced such rapid and prodigious expansion that by the middle years of the current century audiences were accustomed to being persuaded that they had special and privileged access to the off-screen, day-to-day lives of the “stars.” In certain circumstances, fans found themselves encouraged by stu- dio publicity mechanisms to attempt to erode the boundaries separating the individual ego from the personality of the celebrity, thereby allowing the fan http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

"Everybody Loves Somebody": The A&E "Rat Pack" Biographies

Biography , Volume 23 (1) – Dec 1, 1999

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2000 Biographical Research Center.
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“ “E EV VE ER RY YB BO OD DY Y L LO OV VE ES S S SO OM ME EB BO OD DY Y” ”:: T TH HE E A A E E “ “R RA AT T P PA AC CK K” ” B BI IO OG GR RA AP PH HI IE ES S MIKITABROTTMAN The growth of photography and the motion picture industry in the twen- tieth century has been coterminous with the cult of the celebrity personality. When specific actors and actresses suddenly became valuable, sought-after property, when the ticket-selling faces took on names, then the star system was born. Or as Kenneth Anger puts it, “Cinemaland was cursed in its cra- dle by that fateful chimera, the ‘Star’” (28). The cult of celebrity experi- enced such rapid and prodigious expansion that by the middle years of the current century audiences were accustomed to being persuaded that they had special and privileged access to the off-screen, day-to-day lives of the “stars.” In certain circumstances, fans found themselves encouraged by stu- dio publicity mechanisms to attempt to erode the boundaries separating the individual ego from the personality of the celebrity, thereby allowing the fan

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Published: Dec 1, 1999

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