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I would never want to be famous...

 

 

Imagine not being able to get in your car when you have some free time & go to a theme park for a day with family or friends without being the constant focal point of attention from the GP.

 

Imagine not being able to go to a nice restaurant and eating a good meal in peace without either being shielded by bodyguards or enduring a constant barrage of requests for photos and/or autographs.

 

Imagine not being able to walk out your front door without paparazzi snapping endless photos of you...especially if you don't look or feel your best.

 

Imagine feeling trapped in your own house or hotel room and not feeling comfortable enough to go out for a walk on your own.

 

Imagine your image or your families image tarnished because some tabloid ran an article about how you got too drunk and passed out on a beach one night while on vacation.

 

 

Imagine the loneliness.

 

 

There isn't enough money that you could pay me to where I would give up the freedoms that I currently have...most of which many of us tend to take for granted. It seems that so many young people want nothing more than to be popular...movie stars, porn stars, music stars, win the lottery. Then you look at what happens to quite a few of them. Drugs, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, murder, suicide, etc.

 

It's a tough gig & something that I would never want to be a part of. I always wanted to be in a popular music group when I was younger, but now that I have grown & watched what has happened to some of my favorite musicians and actors/actresses? No way.

 

I prefer to blend into the background and try not to draw attention to myself. Yes, we know the people that are lonely & depressed and claim that no one ever pays attention to them & how bad their life sucks, etc...but we also need to think about the other end of the spectrum when someone is too popular and the effects that can happen as a result.

 

As I get older, I realize money and popularity aren't everything. What matters most are family, friends and the ability to do what you want, when you want!

 

 

I would never want to be famous...RIP Robin.

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I would never want to be famous...

 

I get what you are saying....but for every Robin Williams, there is a Tom Hanks. For every Woody Allen, there is a Ron Howard.

What I guess I am saying, is fame does not ruin everybody. Some people keep away from the controversy, do not have tabloid issues, and generally lead great lives. I do not have statistics, but I would guess that famous people are not more prone to depression or drug abuse (etc.) than the GP.

 

Given the choice, I will take the cash and fame, and trust myself to keep myself out of the People magazines, TMZ, etc. Now I am 49 years old. Not sure I could say the same if I was in my 20's though.

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I would never want to be famous...

 

I get what you are saying....but for every Robin Williams, there is a Tom Hanks. For every Woody Allen, there is a Ron Howard.

What I guess I am saying, is fame does not ruin everybody. Some people keep away from the controversy, do not have tabloid issues, and generally lead great lives. I do not have statistics, but I would guess that famous people are not more prone to depression or drug abuse (etc.) than the GP.

 

Given the choice, I will take the cash and fame, and trust myself to keep myself out of the People magazines, TMZ, etc. Now I am 49 years old. Not sure I could say the same if I was in my 20's though.

 

Very true as it is the individual and how each reacts to stardom and fame. There are certainly plenty of movie stars and musicians that take that kind of lifestyle in stride.

 

I know that I personally would not react well to being in the spotlight every time I set foot out of my house. I am in the spotlight in my job for 8-12 hours a day as I interact in different fashion with clients all over the globe, but it's nice to know that I still have my privacy at the end of the work day. Knowing that you still have that "safe zone" where you can vacation, spend quiet time with family & friends, eat out or chill at home and not be bothered by lunatic fans, media or someone trying to swindle money out of your pockets is comforting. These superstars really have to go out of their way to make that happen, unlike you and me that can pretty much just tune it all out at the end of the work day.

 

I think that is why this is such a shock as RW had been in the business for so long, you just assumed that he had comfortably adapted to living under the public eye for many years when it it is now obvious that he had not.

 

One always thinks of someone like Kurt Cobain, Shannon Hoon or Janis Joplin where big stardom comes suddenly to someone that perhaps never really wanted it to begin with and their lives end in tragedy. This one seemed to just come out of left field though...certainly someone I never would have imagined taking their own life.

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^^^ Great post. In the three examples you mention, all three were in their mid/late 20's. I might have had the same issues with cash and fame at that age. That also makes RW's suicide even more shocking, as he was in his early 60's. One would figure that 40+ years in the spotlight, that would not have been an issue at that point.

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Robin Williams' widow Susan Schneider just revealed that he was battling the early stages of Parkinson's disease. He had not gone public about this yet.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/08/14/robin-williams-was-battling-parkinsons-disease/14062707/

 

"Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid."

 

"Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles."

 

"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly."

 

It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

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I liked it when SNL would use Don Pardo in sketches. I remember a great "Life of Don Pardo" bit they did back in the 1970s, which included a segment about his wedding night. The scene is a Pullman train car, filled with curtained-off berths:

 

Mrs. Pardo: Oh, Don! Do it again!

Don: OK, dear. We'll be staying at the fabulous Miramar Lodge overlooking Niagara Falls . . .

Mrs. Pardo: OH YES! YES! YES! YES!

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Yeah. . she was great in the late 80's. . but after her husband killed himself, she became a very "bitter" comedienne.

 

I still enjoyed her, but it was just a bit too nasty for my tastes.

 

I had a feeling when they announced they had moved her from ICU and she was "resting comfortably". . it was a sign she was in the last moments of her life (otherwise they would have said she had improved).

 

R.I.P. Joan, a true trailblazer, and an icon.

 

you will be missed, and mourned (tho not, I expect, for anything you did in the past 20 years).

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