Fame in the 20th Century

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Clive James

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Fame in the 20th Century is a 1993 BBC documentary television series and book by Clive James.
His major documentary series Fame in the 20th Century (1993) was broadcast in the United Kingdom by the BBC, in Australia by the ABC and in the United States by the PBS network.

BBC

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Fame in the 20th Century is a 1993 BBC documentary television series and book by Clive James.

Celebrity

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The book and series examined the phenomenon of fame and how it expanded to international mass media proportions throughout the 20th century.

PBS

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In the United States, the series were broadcast on PBS and in Australia on ABC, though some footage was occasionally cut if the rights to it were too expensive.

ABC (Australian TV channel)

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In the United States, the series were broadcast on PBS and in Australia on ABC, though some footage was occasionally cut if the rights to it were too expensive.

Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong is for instance world-famous, even for non-jazz fans or experts.

Jazz

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Louis Armstrong is for instance world-famous, even for non-jazz fans or experts.

Association football

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Pelé became the most famous association football player, even in the US: one of the few countries in the world where the sport isn't popular.

Pablo Picasso

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People who know nothing about art have heard of the name Pablo Picasso and know his style.

John McEnroe

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People who are not interested in tennis have heard of John McEnroe, due to his bad behavior on the tennis court.

Luciano Pavarotti

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More people know Luciano Pavarotti than Plácido Domingo.

Plácido Domingo

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More people know Luciano Pavarotti than Plácido Domingo.

Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte conquered countries, Jesus Christ developed a religion, ... In the 20th century people could become world-famous in less than no time and without doing anything, thanks to the arrival of mass media.

Napoleon

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon INapoleon I of France
Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte conquered countries, Jesus Christ developed a religion, ... In the 20th century people could become world-famous in less than no time and without doing anything, thanks to the arrival of mass media.

Jesus

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Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte conquered countries, Jesus Christ developed a religion, ... In the 20th century people could become world-famous in less than no time and without doing anything, thanks to the arrival of mass media.

Charlie Chaplin

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Movie stars like Charlie Chaplin, for instance, became global stars due to the nearly universal reach of film.

Mass psychogenic illness

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This often led to mass hysteria and confusion between an actor's stage persona and the roles he played on the screen (as in the case of Rudolph Valentino).

Rudolph Valentino

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This often led to mass hysteria and confusion between an actor's stage persona and the roles he played on the screen (as in the case of Rudolph Valentino).

John F. Kennedy

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Certain politicians in the century have used the media to promote their own image to the public, for instance John F. Kennedy, who looked like a movie star, and Ronald Reagan who was a former movie star.

Ronald Reagan

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Certain politicians in the century have used the media to promote their own image to the public, for instance John F. Kennedy, who looked like a movie star, and Ronald Reagan who was a former movie star.

Orson Welles

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Orson Welles became notorious after his radio play The War of the Worlds caused mass hysteria in the United States.

The War of the Worlds (1938 radio drama)

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Orson Welles became notorious after his radio play The War of the Worlds caused mass hysteria in the United States.

Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie, who was already known in literary circles, became a household name to the broader public due to the fatwa spoken out against him in 1989.

Fatwa

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Salman Rushdie, who was already known in literary circles, became a household name to the broader public due to the fatwa spoken out against him in 1989.

Jack Hobbs

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Cricketer Jack Hobbs was world-famous throughout the British Empire in the interbellum, but unknown in countries where cricket was not popular, like the USA.