2020 Festival – Episode 6.
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Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling, titillating, and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. In this ambitious history, that spans the Bronze Age to the coming of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Greg Jenner assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity’s historical roots.
In this episode from the 2020 Dublin Festival of History, public historian, broadcaster, and author Greg Jenner talks about his book Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen. The episode is moderated by author and journalist Anna Carey and was recorded via Zoom on the 1st October 2021