Fame and Celebrity


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss the cult of celebrity.

Highlights
Paul Michael Glaser on dealing with the fame and celebrity that came along with Starsky and Hutch
Maria Riva on the difference to the public between a movie star and a television actor as she noted when approached by a fan while accompanying her mother Marlene Dietrich in the 1950s
Kevin Bright on how the instant success of Friends affected the cast and creators
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on receiving their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Leslie Uggams on getting recognized on the street after appearing on Sing Along with Mitch and the extra pressure she felt as an African American woman in the spotlight
Malcolm-Jamal Warner on meeting his fans and the pitfalls of fame
Who talked about this topic

Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on Ernie Kovacs' fatal car accident on January 12, 1962

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on the downsides of fame

John Amos

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John Amos on celebrity

John Aniston

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John Aniston on his popularity playing "Victor Kiriakis" on Days of Our Lives

Beatrice Arthur

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Beatrice Arthur on fame and celebrity

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on how fans approached TV star Dinah Shore versus movie star Bette Davis

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on becoming a celebrity herself
Rona Barrett on becoming a celebrity herself

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on his first experiences being mobbed by fans

Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain on "celebrity chefs" and dealing with celebrity

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on how the instant success of Friends affected the cast and creators

Ken Burns

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Ken Burns on his celebrity

LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton on how fame has affected him

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on his celebrity from The Weather Channel

Nancy Cartwright

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Nancy Cartwright on being anonymous as a voiceover artist and not enjoying some of the perks of celebrity

Esme Chandlee

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Esme Chandlee on how MGM handled situations that could lead to negative press; on the protective nature the publicists at MGM had for their stars
Esme Chandlee on working with columnists like Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons
Esme Chandlee on the publicity of Frank Sinatra's romance with Ava Gardner

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on separating his public and private personas

Roy Clark

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Roy Clark on how fame and celebrity has impacted him over the years

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on working with the kids of The Partridge Family  and how they dealt with celebrity

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and his first experience with "regular people" becoming stars

Paul Rodriguez with Emerson College

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Paul Rodriguez on the drug scene in stand-up comedy in the 1980s, and on dealing with celebrity
Paul Rodriguez on how he defines success, and on various then-recent celebrity scandals

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on dealing with fame and celebrity

Lewis Black with Emerson College

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Lewis Black and dealing with fame and celebrity, and on the trajectory of his career

Hugh Hefner with Emerson College

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Hugh Hefner on fame and celebrity, and on the importance of laughter

Richard Coogan

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Richard Coogan on his fame

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on dealing with fame and celebrity

Walter Cronkite

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Walter Cronkite on first being aware that newsmen could be recognized in public by their audience; anecdote about Eric Sevareid being recognized at the '52 political convention
Walter Cronkite on some of the fringe benefits of fame; anecdote about a jewelry store while filming in Houston

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on dealing with celebrity and fame

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on enjoying fame and celebrity

Ann B. Davis

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Ann B. Davis on her celebrity

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on celebrity 

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke on what fans of The Patty Duke Show said/say to her
Patty Duke on her opinion on fame and getting recognized

Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert on how his fame affected his work

Linda Ellerbee

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Linda Ellerbee on becoming a minor celebrity in Houston, and how she has dealt with celebrity in her career

Kevin Eubanks

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Kevin Eubanks on Jay Leno's 2009 exit from The Tonight Show and move to a 10pm show (The Jay Leno Show)
Kevin Eubanks on why The Jay Leno Show didn't work

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on being recognized on the street for playing "Carmela Soprano" on The Sopranos

Albert Freedman

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Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television

James Garner

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James Garner on public reaction to Maverick and his fame
James Garner on his feelings about the press and doing interviews

Anthony Geary

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Actor Anthony Geary on his celebrity during the time of the "Luke and Laura" craze on General Hospital

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on how he feels lucky to have had the opportunity to have a soap box on national television with M*A*S*H where he could speak his mind

Marla Gibbs

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Marla Gibbs on fame and celebrity

Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert on realizing she was famous; on her fans

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on dealing with the fame and celebrity that came along with Starsky and Hutch

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on how his life changed when Mad Men became successful and he started to get recognized more; on dealing with celebrity

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on dealing with fame and celebrity

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on fame and celebrity, and on being part of an acting company

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on receiving their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on how they've used their celebrity to champion causes
Felicity Huffman on the immediate success of Desperate Housewives

Larry King

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Larry King on playing himself in movies, television shows

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on attending Star Trek  conventions

Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow on the sudden popularity of Friends and the cast's appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show
Lisa Kudrow on how fame affected the cast members of Friends; on not being able to go out in public after their success hit
Lisa Kudrow on the "overexposure" of the cast of Friends

Vicki Lawrence

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Vicki Lawrence on how Carol Burnett approached fame and celebrity, and on not feeling like a celebrity herself

Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis on celebrity

Chuck Lorre

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Chuck Lorre on Roseanne Barr singing the National Anthem

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on how iconic Seinfeld  became and when she first realized how big an audience the show had amassed

Randolph Mantooth

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Randolph Mantooth on his fame

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on how celebrity has affected her

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on cops and fans approaching her with compliments while she was cast on Law & Order
S. Epatha Merkerson on her fans

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on how fame has affected his career

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on being recognized from Davy Crockett

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on his fame after The White Shadow

Suzanne Pleshette

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Suzanne Pleshette on being a "movie star" who appeared on television

Martha Quinn

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Martha Quinn on how she dealt with sudden fame and celebrity, and on leaving MTV
Martha Quinn on what people who remember her as an MTV VJ say to her on the street, and on being a 1980s spokesperson

Della Reese

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Della Reese on continuing to work as she got older, and on using her celebrity for various causes

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on Rod Serling's celebrity

Maria Riva

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Maria Riva on the difference to the public between a movie star and a television actor as she noted when approached by a fan while accompanying her mother Marlene Dietrich in the 1950s

Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney on dealing with the fame that resulted from his appearing on-camera

Barney Rosenzweig

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Sharon Gless and Barney Rosenzweig on getting recognized by and interacting with fans
Sharon Gless on being hugged by fans, and the impact of Queer as Folk

Marion Ross

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Marion Ross on her fame once she was cast on Happy Days
Marion Ross on how the young cast of Happy Days dealt with fame
Marion Ross on the Happy Days fan mail

Pat Sajak

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Pat Sajak on worrying about the "celebrity" part of the business

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on dealing with fame and celebrity

Judith Sheindlin

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Judith Sheindlin on dealing with the fame that resulted from Judge Judy

John Singleton

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John Singleton on being nominated for Academy Awards for "Boyz N the Hood"

Doris Singleton

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Doris Singleton on the popularity of I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball

Yeardley Smith

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Yeardley Smith on remaining fairly anonymous when The Simpsons first aired because the producers didn't want the actors out there (partially because they didn't want people to know that "Bart" was voiced by a woman)
Yeardley Smith on her relationship to fame and celebrity

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on the professional reasons for not giving her age
Jean Stapleton on her marriage to producer/director William Putch and maintaining her career
Jean Stapleton on refusing to reprise "Edith Bunker" or a likeness of her in television commercials
Jean Stapleton on dealing with fame
Jean Stapleton on Bette Davis (who she was with when "Archie" and "Edith's" chairs were being donated from the set of All in the Family to the Smithsonian Institution)

Mary Kay Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on getting recognized from Mary Kay and Johnny
Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on using their real identities on Mary Kay and Johnny; on not wanting celebrity

Bill Tush

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Bill Tush on interviewing celebrities for CNN's Showbiz Today
Bill Tush on the culture of celebrity 

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on getting recognized on the street after appearing on Sing Along with Mitch and the extra pressure she felt as an African American woman in the spotlight

Robert Vaughn

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Robert Vaughn on the fame he and David McCallum experienced

Bob Vila

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Bob Vila on losing his anonymity 
Bob Vila on his fan mail

Bruce Vilanch

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Bruce Vilanch on creating the SAG awards

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on fame

Joseph A. Wapner

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Joseph Wapner on becoming famous from being on The People's Court

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on meeting his fans and the pitfalls of fame

Dawn Wells

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Dawn Wells on her fan mail from Gilligan's Island fame

Vanna White

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Vanna White on response from fans
Vanna White on knowing she had made it and handling celebrity
Vanna White on "Vannamania" and her fan club

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on the buzz surrounding The Sopranos

Kim Zimmer

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Kim Zimmer on her first TV role on One Life to Live, where she played a character based on Patty Hearst (who was in the news at that time)

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on Chevy Chase being the first breakout star of Saturday Night Live

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