With the advent of YouTube and reality shows, there's no shortage of those who have held the spotlight for their 15 minutes of fame, only to fade back into obscurity. The "15 minutes of fame" expression refers to a short-lived, highly public stint in the spotlight for celebs and regular, everyday people as well. These experiences are often fueled by tabloid rumors or highly unusual circumstances that, for a rhetorical 15 minutes, capture the media's attention.
The "15 minutes" expression is credited to Andy Warhol, who included the words "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" in a program for an exhibition of his work in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1968.
Here's a plethora of folks, from Olympic medalists to politicians, who at some point had their 15 minutes. Some have been reduced to tabloid fodder, while others took their 15 mins of fame in the mass media and turned it into lucrative careers. So, where are they now?
Nancy Kerrigan Then
Tonya Harding Then
Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Then