True Fame Endures, Study Finds
THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Lasting fame rarely happens overnight, but once a person becomes truly famous they are likely to stay that way for a very long time, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed the names mentioned in English-language newspapers over several decades, and found that people who become truly famous stay famous for decades. This is true in a wide range of fields, including sports, politics and entertainment, they found.
The annual turnover in the group of famous names was very low. Ninety-six percent of the people whose names were mentioned more than 100 times in the newspapers in a given year were already in the news at least three years before, according to the study published in the April issue of the journal American Sociological Review.
Although the reasons why a person becomes famous vary -- talent, resources or chance events -- once someone becomes a household name, they tend to stay that way, the study authors noted. Temporary fame is unusual and primarily involves people in the bottom rungs of the fame ladder, they explained.Read entire article...