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By: Wenche Ommundsen

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 20: From the Altar to the Market-Place and Back Again: Understanding Literary Celebrity1

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From the Altar to the Market-Place and Back Again: Understanding Literary Celebrity1
From the altar to the market-place and back again: Understanding literary celebrity
WencheOmmundsen

For over two weeks in April 2004, the Melbourne Age carried daily instalments of the latest sex scandal surrounding soccer super-star David Beckham: revelations of affairs with a former employee as well as with an Australian model; the reaction of his equally famous wife, Victoria; the views of a great many ‘close’ associates of the various parties; and speculations by celebrity-watchers. One day, however, the Beckham spot was given over to another story: ‘Rushdie Takes Bride No. 4 in Hindi Wedding’. The main point of interest here was the rumour that the actress bride, Padma Lakshmi, would defy Hindi tradition by wearing ...

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