Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Modern Celebrities Pale Next to Stars of Classic Hollywood Era

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Modern Celebrities Pale Next to Stars of Classic Hollywood Era

Article excerpt

ONE thing you notice when you reach a certain age - anywhere over 55 I'd say - is you have no idea who celebrities are any more.

It was so simple in your day.

Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Dean Martin, Bob Hope... it was easy to know who they were because they were so talented, so stand-out, so instantly recognisable.

I could even keep up with Cher and Madonna and I knew some of the high jinks the Neighbours' stars got up to.

Now we have to know who somebody called Iggy Azalea is. And Rita Ora. (If you are of an old(er) age and know these two, then good luck to you. I'm impressed.)

The older I get, the bigger the list of celebrities grows and smaller shrinks the list of any who mean anything at all to me.

When I'm in the company of people talking knowledgably about famous people I've never heard of, I have to make a supreme effort to stop myself pulling a matronly face and hissing: "Who are these people?'

I hanker for the days when I could open New Idea or Woman's Day and know the name of every celebrity in there. …

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