A Century of Celebrity
Film stars like Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford captivated audiences in the early days of film—even as scandals like that of comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, acquitted of murdering a starlet in 1922, would fuel the press' portrayal of Hollywood as a new Babylon. Here, Chaplin, left, is pictured with Jackie Coogan in a scene from Chaplin's 1921 silent film, The Kid.
A Reluctant Hero
After his historic flight across the Atlantic in 1927, aviator Charles Lindbergh became a national hero, but he would never become comfortable with the celebrity that would come with it. That fame would lead to the tragic kidnapping and death of his son, and to a sensational trial that would be a precursor to celebrity trials later in the century.
Formula for Fame
Even intellectuals haven't been immune to celebrity this century. Some have even courted it. Years after Albert Einstein expounded his theory of relativity in 1905 and won the Nobel Prize in 1922, he could often be found in front of the camera, writing out an equation for the density of the Milky Way, as pictured here in 1931, socializing with Marilyn Monroe on his arm, or simply sticking out his tongue.