To give a little perspective as I start, sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong time period. My favorite movie – which I credit my great-aunt for instilling in me – is Gone With The Wind. I'm fascinated by the Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby… And, to me, Christmas isn't Christmas without seeing White Christmas, preferably in black and white. (I'm still not happy about that movie being colorized.) I'm someone that fell in love with Clark Gable, Rosemary Clooney, Olivia de Havilland, and Jimmy Stewart. Yes, I love the golden age of Hollywood.
The other day I was watching TV, and I started to wonder what happened to that age of Hollywood. How did we go from celebrities that worked hard and had talent to celebrities that are famous for… Well, I don't really know what they are famous for. I'm not even sure some of them could tell you why they are famous either. Why do we want to keep up with the Kardashians? Why do we want to smell Honey Boo-Boo? How did a bunch of teens with spray-on tans become household names?
This isn't me bashing reality TV. I enjoy a good paranormal show, and I don't miss an episode of Dancing With The Stars, Big Brother, or Survivor. Reality shows can be good, but are the casts of many of the shows really celebrities?
I think in today's age of social media and YouTube and reality shows, everyone is out for their fifteen seconds of fame. We've made it so easy for people to accomplish that. Internet sensations have become celebrities and grace the covers of tabloid magazines. Once upon a time, people looked for talent. Now people have found that you don't have to have talent, you just have to have the ability to shock people. Everyone is looking for the “train wreck” that they simply can't take their eyes off of.
Sometimes I wonder if there will ever be that glamorous age of Hollywood again. There are still those few movie stars that have the glamour and the talent. I'll chomp at the bit for a Meryl Streep film and you can't overlook Robert de Niro or Jack Nicholson. I just hope that we will find the up and comers that will continue the legacy of character acting, of musical talent, that came with celebrities from the past, because – lets face it – sixty years from now, families won't be coming together to watch reruns of “Honey Boo-Boo Takes Alaska”.
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