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Definitions of stars in film studies have emphasised that the concept of stardom is sustained by a contrast between the performing presence and what happens ‘off-stage’. Dyer writes of stars having ‘an existence in the world independent of their screen/ “fiction” appearances’ (1979: 22) and describes stardom as ‘an image of the ways stars live’ (1979: 39). Allen and Gomery talk of ‘a duality between actor and character’ and, citing Edgar Morin, refer to stars as ‘actors “with biographies”’ (1985: 172), whereas Tasker in her work on New Hollywood describes stars as ‘complex personas made up of far more than the texts in which they appear’ (1993: 74).
The contrast ...