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Gods like us : on movie stardom and modern fame /

"How--and why--do we focus on those individuals we come to call stars? How does stardom both reflect and mask the person behind it? How have the image of stardom and our stars' images changed over the past hundred years? What does celebrity mean if people can become famous simply for being famous? T...

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Main Author: Burr, Ty.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Pantheon Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed.
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Table of Contents:
  • The faces in the mirror
  • The star is born : from Edison's blobs to Florence Lawrence
  • The first goddesses : Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge, flappers, and virgins
  • The matinee idols : Charlie, Doug, Rudy, and more
  • Sodom : the silent star scandals
  • Judgment Day : the movies speak
  • The stars who talked : the great singularities of the studio era
  • The factory : how stars were made
  • Monsters, scarlett women, and other characters
  • The afternoon shift : postwar studio stardom
  • Barbarians at the gates : Brando changes everything
  • The new machine : small screen, small gods
  • Vinyl : the new rock celebrities and the Warhol factory
  • Free at last : the long voyage of the African American star
  • Dig in the new breed : mensches, hippies, and fame in new Hollywood
  • The glamour backlash : the 1980s
  • Machines and macho men : cable, VHS, and Arnold rewrite the rules
  • The kids are all right : brat packers and the new teen idols
  • MTV and its discontents : Michael Jackson, Madonna, and the rise of the meta-star
  • The corporate star : the 1990s and beyond
  • Pixel personal : stardom in the Internet age
  • Star death.