Star Struck: An Encyclopedia of Celebrity Culture

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Sam Riley
ABC-CLIO, Dec 9, 2009 - Social Science - 358 pages

Star Struck: An Encyclopedia of Celebrity Culture is neither a stern critic nor an apologist for celebrity infatuation, a phenomenon that sometimes supplants more weighty matters yet constitutes one of our nation's biggest exports. This encyclopedia covers American celebrity culture from 1950 to 2008, examining its various aspects—and its impact—through 86 entries by 30 expert contributors.

Demonstrating that all celebrities are famous, but not all famous people are celebrities, the book cuts across the various entertainment medias and their legions of individual "stars." It looks at sports celebrities and examines the role of celebrity in more serious pursuits and institutions such as the news media, corporations, politics, the arts, medicine, and the law. Also included are entries devoted to such topics as paranoia and celebrity, one-name celebrities, celebrity nicknames, family unit celebrity, sidekick celebrities, and even criminal celebrities.


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Correction: Brynn Hartman was NOT high on cocaine when she shot her husband Phil. The evidence and witness reports demonstrated that she was given cocaine after she shot Phil, but before learning she had indeed shot and killed Phil and before shooting herself.
Brynn suffered what is known as a REM Sleep Disorder where you act out nightmares in a sleep state. Of those being diagnosed with this disorder 86% are taking antidepressant medications such as the Zoloft she was on. This deadly sleep disorder, long known to include impulsive out of character murder and suicide, in the past was known mainly as a drug withdrawal state from illegal drugs. Brynn was in her third week of an abrupt withdrawal state triggered by having her dose of Zoloft cut in half. She was completely unaware that she had shot Phil which is why she went to her friend's home to ask them to come and tell her what was real.
Also important to know is that antidepressants produce overwhelming cravings for alcohol and other drugs. And the children's wrongful death suit against the makers of Zoloft was settled. I know this because I was the expert on these medications who worked with the family on this case.


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Sam G. Riley has been professor of communication at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA, since 1981.

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