America Hasn’t Been The Same Without Jackie O and Her Son John

Does anyone miss real celebrities, ones who were as mysterious as they were glamourous?  I do. Todays culture is filled with trashy people with cameras following them around, giving us way too much info, putting out sex tapes, arranging fake marriages.  I remember a day, not that long ago, where the celebrity was the one who was sought after, per sued and wouldn’t give any information out at all.  Of course Jackie O comes to mind, she was the epitome of a legend.  She never spoke to the media, granted interviews, wrote her memoirs.  She was true American royalty.  I miss that, people you want to know more about.  John Kennedy, Jr. was the same kind of royalty that his mother was.  He was humble, gracious and never over exposed his life – his body yes, he was an exhibitionist!  Caroline Kennedy is also American royalty, she lives a life out of the public eye, she comes out when there is some sort of charity event or something to do with her father’s legacy. But she is a true celebrity too; we don’t have pics of her house, or apartment; she’s not being interviewed and exposing her life.  I miss the class and dignity that once was.  The other example I am thinking of is Leona Helmsley, she was the queen of New York.  She and her husband, real estate magnate Harry Helmsley, were the talk of the town, invitations to their parties were highly sought after.  I think she had a yearly celebration for him called ‘I’m just wild about Harry.’  She and Harry redefined Manhattan, the skyline, the views, putting their names on buildings.  Her ad campaign was brilliant and legendary: ‘The only palace where the queen stands guard’ We all know about her downfall, her being charged with tax evasion and went to prison.  But still, like Jackie, you wanted to know more about Leona, her life wasn’t shoved in your face.  Diana Ross is another legend celebrity who you wanted to know more about.  In the 70s and 80s it was the celebrity who people were attracted too, being on the cover of a magazine was a big deal, the public wanted more. Now we have no true celebrities, no legends.  We have Snookie who we can see way too many intimate details of her life. We have the Kardashian’s who luckily I know nothing about. We have Paris Hilton, who really started this idea of being a celeb for no reason at all.  Just a sex tape and a dumb persona and she was a ready made celeb.  Of course she is probably having the last laugh with making a fortune, but I am talking about true legends who have class.  I can think of very few, only older ones who didn’t do the over exposed thing to get noticed. They got noticed for their talent. Now I am thinking of Tyne Daily, Sharon Gless, Meryl Streep, Stockard Channing, Clint Eastwood.  Today there are no legends. The end of the 1990’s marketed a time when 2 of the worlds biggest legends both tragically died.  Diana, Princess of Wales and JFK Jr.  I hope in the future we have more people to want to know about, want to be inspired by.  But I do miss Jackie, I was in the same room with her one time in my life. I also talked to JFK JR. once, both times were exciting. Lets bring up the caliber of celebs so we can have more legends.

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One thought on “America Hasn’t Been The Same Without Jackie O and Her Son John

  1. Ah celebrity. Being famous for absolutely no reason. Did it all start with the “girl in the swing?”

    There are certainly no actors or singers we will be talking about in 50 years. Partly this is due to the breakdown of the studio system, but mostly it’s due to people being more ‘one trick ponies’ than before. The downside of CGI, editing, autotuning and the like, is that mediocre can turn into okay, pretty easily. It used to be that most performers could act, sing and dance. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who could dance today. Some can belt a song or wail scales, but most can’t sing anymore than they can dance.
    While it’s sad to see the landscape change this way, it does make it all the more satisfying when you see a well trained and exquisitely talented performer.

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