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The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex

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Vanity Fair's veteran special correspondent pulls back the curtain on the world of celebrity and those who live and die there

Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth always makes news. From Hollywood to murder trials to the corridors of politics, this National Magazine Award winner covers lives led in public, on camera, in the headlines. Here she takes us close-up into the world of fame
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ebook, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2004)
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Carol Storm
The first thing you have to realize about Maureen Orth is that the lady is not what she seems. The media hype casts her as a fearless iconoclast, a hard-boiled Mencken style truth-teller who rips down the lies and exposes the naked ugliness of celebrity. But that's only partially true.

When you read Orth's pieces on the late Michael Jackson, it becomes very clear that she was never interested in attacking Jackson as much she was committed to defending white America. Certainly in retrospect it's e
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Maryellen
May 16, 2008 Maryellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not very good. It turned out to be a series of article that had appeared in magazines. It was all very self absorbing and dull.
Robin
Jun 16, 2013 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great writing, but I didn't realize when I picked up the book how old some of the articles were. Old news.
Elena
Mar 06, 2016 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had such high hopes for this book, but she was writing about last generation's celebrities, and more than that, seemed to salivate at the very details she disparages the media for being addicted to. When it got to the Michael Jackson chapter, I gave up. The Laci Peterson debacle, glorying in Tina Turner's story of abuse and Woody Allen's gross familial dark secrets. No no no.
Kristin
Apr 19, 2015 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cantfinish
This is not a great book. Individual essays are (strangely) framed by accounts of the aftermath of Laci Peterson's murder, which makes absolutely no sense at all. I don't know half the people she's writing about, so I finally put it down. The Tina Turner and Karl Lagerfeld chapters were good, though.
Diane Anderson
Feb 17, 2016 Diane Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating!
Extremely well-researched and well written.
Sarah Hovis
Oct 02, 2007 Sarah Hovis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good collection of essays about celebrities. Any celebrity gossip lover would like this book.
Shawn Thrasher
Oct 23, 2013 Shawn Thrasher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what the hell this essentially lazy book was about.
Mary
Jul 24, 2009 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maureen is Tim Russert's wife.
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Maureen Ann Orth is an American journalist who largely covers stories pertaining to pop culture. Before beginning her career in journalism, she served in the Peace Corps in Medellín, Colombia, from 1964 to 1966. In 1983 she married the political journalist Tim Russert, whom she met at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Russert died on June 13, 2008. They have a son, Luke, (b. 1985.)
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