FAME by Susan Margolis


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Here's the cycle: the talk show host (or columnist or Barbara Walters type) exposes somebody to the public. Which makes them famous. So the talk show host (or gossip columnist or Barbara Walters type) gets famous, too. Which makes the next somebody they expose to the public a ""personality."" And famous. In New York, fame is being paged at Elaine's on Friday night. In Washington, it's an invitation to lunch at a corner drugstore in Georgetown. And an invitation to ""do"" Johnny Carson makes it in Hollywood. So says Margolis, at any rate, and her thesis--that you don't have to be anything but visible to make it in those terms these days--is fairly close to the mark. Because, she says, all anyone is really concerned about is gossip. Which is what Margolis is concerned about, too. Maybe she'll get famous.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1977
Publisher: San Francisco Book Company--dist. by Stein & Day