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Thoughts on Stardom

Published: Dec 14, 2013 07:28:51 AM IST
Updated: Dec 13, 2013 03:33:15 PM IST

Thoughts on Stardom
Stardom isn’t a profession, it’s an accident.
Lauren Bacall

Overnight stardom can be harmful to your mental health. Yeah. It has ruined a lot of people.
Clint Eastwood
To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.
Hedy Lamarr

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
John Wooden
Pop stardom is not very compelling. I’m much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals.  
Ani DiFranco

Stardom is only a by-product of acting. I don’t think being a movie star is a good enough reason for existing.
Natalie Wood

To handle that stardom, the red carpets, the photo shoots, people all of a sudden recognising  you and following you in everyday life, it’s a bit weird. It’s strange, and it can have funny effects on you.  
Roger Federer

I see stardom very clearly as a construct that’s been created in order to sell things.
Julie Christie

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.
Daniel J Boorstin

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
Joseph Addison

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it’s their fault.
Henry Kissinger

Stardom can be a gilded slavery.
Helen Hayes

Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to the US. The immigration guys kick the star out of my stardom.
Shah Rukh Khan

Illustration: Sameer Pawar

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(This story appears in the 27 December, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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