erik lundegaard

When Modern Celebrity Began

“It seems so strange that so many people would gather at the train to welcome one they had never seen, only in pictures.”

-- Florence Lawrence, “The Biograph Girl,” and the first designated movie star, after she was mobbed by fans at the St. Louis railroad station in March 1910, as reported in Ty Burr's “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame,” pg. 17. Burr adds: “No one understood what had just happened, least of all the woman at the center of the rapture.” You could say our modern world, with its heavy focus on fame and celebrity, began here.

Posted at 07:04 AM on Thu. Mar 06, 2014 in category Quote of the Day  
Tags: ,


No comments yet

You may bypass the ID fields and security question below if you log in before commenting.


Receive notification of further comments via e-mail

« In Talking Oscars, Breitbart's Big Hollywood Makes Fox News Seem Fair and Balanced   |   Home   |   Help Me Copy Curmudgeon, You Are My Only Hope »
 RSS    Facebook

Twitter: @ErikLundegaard


All previous entries

Jeffrey Wells
The Film Experience
Roger Ebert
Rob Neyer
Joe Posnanski
Cardboard Gods
Andrew Sullivan
Alex Pareene
Hendrik Hertzberg
Cloud Five Comics
Copy Curmudgeon
Deb Ellis
Andrew Engelson
Jerry Grillo
Tim Harrison
Eric Hanson
Ben Stocking
Jim Walsh