Dating a celeberty
Certain politicians, however, are still famous today, even decades or centuries after they were in power.
They owe their fame to historical deeds which are kept in memory in history classes, for instance people like Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln and Mao Zedong.
In a pattern often repeated, what started out as an explosion of popularity (often referred to with the suffix 'mania') turned into a long-lasting fame: pilgrimages to Canterbury Cathedral where he was killed became instantly fashionable and the fascination with his life and death have inspired plays and films.
The cult of personality (particularly in the west) can be traced back to the Romantics in the 18th Century, whose livelihood as artists and poets depended on the currency of their reputation.
In the early 12th century, Thomas Becket became famous following his murder.
He was promoted by the Christian Church as a martyr and images of him and scenes from his life became widespread in just a few years.
The establishment of cultural hot-spots became an important factor in the process of generating fame: for example, London and Paris in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
A person who garners a degree of fame in one culture may be considered less famous or obscure in another.These informal rankings indicate a placing within a hierarchy.However, due to differing levels of celebrity in different regions, it is difficult to place people within one bracket.In politics, certain politicians are recognizable to many people, usually the head of state and the Prime Minister.Yet only heads of state who play a major role in international politics have a good chance of becoming famous outside their country's borders, since they are constantly featured in mass media. Presidential elections are followed closely all across the globe, making the elected candidate instantly world-famous as a result.
In most cases the book was not written by the celebrity but by a ghost-writer, but the celebrity would then be available for a book tour and appearances on talk shows.