Fame is a fickle thing. One minute, people are clamoring around you, snapping pictures and following you on twitter. You’re suddenly on everyone’s premiere list, being featured in magazines, and taking selfies with new celebrity besties. You’re on the A-list and riding high!
The next thing you know, you’re lobbying for a spot on dancing with the stars, appearing on Celebrity Big Brother and Amish Living, and eventually found walking the red carpet with a bag over your head that says: “I’m Not Famous Anymore”.
We get the picture. No one likes to lose their celebrity, but some find it harder to accept than others. Here areformerly famous 5 celebrities who won’t accept its time to throw in the towel:
Famous for her 90’s TV role as high schooler Donna Martin of Beverly Hills 90210 fame, Tori Spelling has had a number of business-venture failings in hopes of regaining her spotlight. From several made-for TV afternoon movie specials in the 90’s to herTori & Dean, and True Tori reality TV series, Dean and she have tried on many hats in pursuit of financial and career success. Everything from running a B&B, to launching a baby’s clothes line, to their recent HGTV segment on home improvement, Tori Spelling seems unwilling to relinquish the celebrity mantle just yet. Time to pack it in, Tori.
Kirsty Ally won her claim-to-fame as Rebecca Howe on the very popular TV show Cheers back in 1987. She went on to star in Look Who’s Talking and Shoot to Kill in the early 90’s, followed by a 3-year stunt as Veronica Chase on Veronica Closet in1997. After several failed attempts on reality TV with the short-lived 2005 showFat Actress,followed by Kirstie Alley’s Big Life in 2010, and 2013’s Kirstie,her career has continued to meander around and peter out.Her struggle with weightdid land her a celebrity endorsement for Jenny Craig in 2012, and she’s one of many Hollywood celebs. who’ve appeared onDancing with the Starsattempting comebacks. In 2012, her loyal fan basemade her one of the most popular contestants in the show’s history. However, she has struggled to be consistent, or recapture her early popularity. Say, “Goodnight” Kirstie, the party’s over.
We all know him as Wrestling Mania’s mega super-star “Hulk Hogan”, the villain of the World Championship Wrestling Federation.Hogan is a twelve-time world champion winner, and has won the WWF/E & WCW World Heavyweight Championships a whopping 6 times! He was a regular pay-per-view headliner on WrestleMania, and Starr Cade in the 2000’s and was inducted into the wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. But as his wrestling career waned, he’s struggled to find avenuesto maintain his relevance. The Hulklaunched several comebacks, to varying degrees of success, including a RealityTV jaunt featuring his family and himself. However, the recent spotlight on racial slursmade by him on a sex-tape didn’t help his career any. He successfully sued over the tape’s illegal release for an unprecedented $115 Million. However, thewhiplash from the sex tape scandal have not bolstered his popularity any. It’s a good thing he won all that money, because it’s time for “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan to hang up his belt.
Heiress Paris Hilton, of Hilton Hotel’s name-fame, found some success with 2003’s reality TV show “the Simple Life”, starring Nicole Richie and herself. After the two besties broke up, so did the series, and Paris has made numerous attempts to respark that initial popularity. Her book Confessions of an Heiressdidreach # 7 on New York City’s Best Seller list, and was included in Oxford’s dictionary of quotes for well-known quib “Dress cute wherever you go. Life’s too short to blend.” That being said, her multitude of endeavors- from movie roles, to fashion, to music, to several tabloid scandals, have failed to earn her anything near her family name’s notoriety. The Hiltonis booked, Paris. There are no more reservations- time to pack your bags and go.
Poor Shia. Once one of Hollywood’s promising leading men, he’s now so far down the rabbit hole some wonder about his sanity. His career took off in 2007 with release of popular teen flick Disturbia, quickly followed by his first Transformersmovie. In 2008, he joined one last Indiana Jones crusade for Indiana Jones and the King of the Crystal Stone. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps followed, and his career seemed on its way towards actor super-stardom. However, several bouts of substance abuse, run-ins with the law, and penchantfor bar fights, left this once would’ve- should’ve walking Berlin Red Carpet’s “Nymphomaniac” premiere wearing a bag over his head with, “I’m not Famous Anymore” written on it. Seems at least one of once-was knew when to hang up his hat. Here’s to you, Labeouf- Hoping you find saner waters out of the spotlight.