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?
Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Then
Known for her crazy and wild antics on MTV reality show Jersey Shore, Snooki was the motor mouth that just wouldn't stop. Snooki got some serious publicity back in 2009, when she got punched in the face by a guy during a bar room altercation (an incident caught on video that went viral).
Now a soon-to-be mother of three, Snooki has calmed down a lot. She is also happily married.
Chris Crocker Then
Who can forget the 2007 heartfelt yet hilarious wails of Chris Crocker on YouTube defending his precious Britney Spears? The video "Leave Britney Alone" remains a YouTube classic.
Crocker, whose look has changed dramatically since the "Leave Britney Alone" video, has been up to a multitude of activities in the last few years. He continues to produce a slew of YouTube vids for his massive following, and he also made an adult flick.