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
05:51
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
01:33
Kevin Bright on how the instant success of Friends affected the cast and creators
04:06
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on receiving their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
01:55
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
01:01
Malcolm-Jamal Warner on meeting his fans and the pitfalls of fame
09:16
Who talked about this topic

Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on Ernie Kovacs' fatal car accident on January 12, 1962
02:25

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on the downsides of fame
03:50

John Amos

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John Amos on celebrity
06:14

Beatrice Arthur

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Beatrice Arthur on fame and celebrity
01:26

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on how fans approached TV star Dinah Shore versus movie star Bette Davis
01:52

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on becoming a celebrity herself
01:32
Rona Barrett on becoming a celebrity herself
01:59

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on his first experiences being mobbed by fans
02:38

Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain on "celebrity chefs" and dealing with celebrity
05:35

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on how the instant success of Friends affected the cast and creators
04:06

Ken Burns

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Ken Burns on his celebrity
03:11

LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton on how fame has affected him
01:25

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on his celebrity from The Weather Channel
03:33

Nancy Cartwright

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Nancy Cartwright on being anonymous as a voiceover artist and not enjoying some of the perks of celebrity
00:52

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
02:56
Esme Chandlee on working with columnists like Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons
01:45
Esme Chandlee on the publicity of Frank Sinatra's romance with Ava Gardner
02:51

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on working with the kids of The Partridge Family  and how they dealt with celebrity
01:10

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and his first experience with "regular people" becoming stars
01:20

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on dealing with fame and celebrity
05:06

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
05:22
Paul Rodriguez on how he defines success, and on various then-recent celebrity scandals
15:01

Hugh Hefner with Emerson College

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Hugh Hefner on fame and celebrity, and on the importance of laughter
04:31

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on dealing with fame and celebrity
01:58

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
02:00
Walter Cronkite on some of the fringe benefits of fame; anecdote about a jewelry store while filming in Houston
02:43

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on dealing with celebrity and fame
03:07

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on enjoying fame and celebrity
02:42

Ann B. Davis

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Ann B. Davis on her celebrity
03:39

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on celebrity 
02:03

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke on what fans of The Patty Duke Show said/say to her
01:30
Patty Duke on her opinion on fame and getting recognized
01:44

Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert on how his fame affected his work
00:46

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)
03:44
Kevin Eubanks on why The Jay Leno Show didn't work
02:52

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on being recognized on the street for playing "Carmela Soprano" on The Sopranos
00:58

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
02:48

James Garner

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James Garner on public reaction to Maverick and his fame
05:03
James Garner on his feelings about the press and doing interviews
01:49

Anthony Geary

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Actor Anthony Geary on his celebrity during the time of the "Luke and Laura" craze on General Hospital
04:17

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
01:08

Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert on realizing she was famous; on her fans
04:47

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on dealing with the fame and celebrity that came along with Starsky and Hutch
05:51

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
03:06

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on dealing with fame and celebrity
00:43

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on fame and celebrity, and on being part of an acting company
02:33

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on receiving their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
01:55
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on how they've used their celebrity to champion causes
01:36
Felicity Huffman on the immediate success of Desperate Housewives
01:16

Larry King

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Larry King on playing himself in movies, television shows
01:25

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on attending Star Trek  conventions
02:38

Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow on the sudden popularity of Friends and the cast's appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show
04:06
Lisa Kudrow on how fame affected the cast members of Friends; on not being able to go out in public after their success hit
02:24
Lisa Kudrow on the "overexposure" of the cast of Friends
01:10

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
03:47

Chuck Lorre

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Chuck Lorre on Roseanne Barr singing the National Anthem
00:21

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
03:51

Randolph Mantooth

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Randolph Mantooth on his fame
01:46

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on how fame has affected his career
01:15

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on being recognized from Davy Crockett
06:06

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on his fame after The White Shadow
01:34

Della Reese

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Della Reese on continuing to work as she got older, and on using her celebrity for various causes
01:58

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
01:33

Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney on dealing with the fame that resulted from his appearing on-camera
03:24

Barney Rosenzweig

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Sharon Gless and Barney Rosenzweig on getting recognized by and interacting with fans
04:14
Sharon Gless on being hugged by fans, and the impact of Queer as Folk
01:41

Pat Sajak

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Pat Sajak on worrying about the "celebrity" part of the business
03:45

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on dealing with fame and celebrity
02:34

John Singleton

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John Singleton on being nominated for Academy Awards for "Boyz n the Hood"
01:59

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)
01:12
Yeardley Smith on her relationship to fame and celebrity
05:23

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on the professional reasons for not giving her age
00:44
Jean Stapleton on her marriage to producer/director William Putch and maintaining her career
01:30
Jean Stapleton on refusing to reprise "Edith Bunker" or a likeness of her in television commercials
00:37
Jean Stapleton on dealing with fame
01:22
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)
03:00

Bill Tush

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Bill Tush on interviewing celebrities for CNN's Showbiz Today
06:23
Bill Tush on the culture of celebrity 
07:12

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
01:01

Robert Vaughn

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Robert Vaughn on the fame he and David McCallum experienced
03:39

Bob Vila

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Bob Vila on losing his anonymity 
01:38
Bob Vila on his fan mail
01:41

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on fame
01:02

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on meeting his fans and the pitfalls of fame
09:16

Dawn Wells

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Dawn Wells on her fan mail from Gilligan's Island fame
00:43

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on the buzz surrounding The Sopranos
02:03

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)
05:39

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