Examples Of Famous People


For decades, average Joes have been asking this very question and doing whatever they could to reach the pinnacle of fame and notoriety. The desire to secure one’s 15 minutes of fame leads people to do some pretty crazy things. From posting embarrassing videos to trying dangerous stunts, the road to fame is paved with desperation and varying degrees of success. Still, some of the world’s most famous people got that way through hard work and talent.

One such example is Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey made a name for herself with the daytime talk show that bears her name. She started as a journalist, and quickly became a trusted person among celebrities and a generous giver to all of her fans. Winfrey routinely lavishes her audience with giveaways, while also taking part in educational initiatives. She has understood that to become one of the most famous people in the world, one must become involved with society at multiple levels.

James Cameron is another example of how an ordinary guy can become one of the world’s most famous people through hard work and ingenuity. A former truck driver, Cameron made a name for himself in the 1980’s with his films “Terminator” and “Aliens.” He continued to stay busy directing movies throughout the next two decades, and would eventually log two of the most financially successful films of all time with “Titanic” and “Avatar,” which grossed more than $1 billion each.

Like Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga makes the most famous people list because she is a celebrity who has been able to parlay one success into multiples. She started as a songwriter, and quickly embraced exotic dress and showmanship to create a personality and pop sensation as the singer of hits “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” and “Just Dance.” In recent years, she successfully campaigned for the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military policy which essentially banned gays from serving openly in the military.

Other candidates for the most famous people list haven’t gotten there the easy way. While Tiger Woods and Britney Spears have received recognition for their talents-he for his golfing skills and she for her music-they have recently become the eye of a media hurricane that has engulfed their accomplishments with negative press. Woods was recently divorced for cheating on ex-wife Elin Nordgren with multiple partners, while Spears has presented erratic behavior that called her skills as a mother into question. Both cases prove that achieving the status of famous people is not without its drawbacks.

If one aspires to join the famous people out there, one must realize that there are as many disadvantages as there are advantages. The status often brings wealth, but it also places every aspect of one’s life under the spotlight (family, too). While most famous people wouldn’t change who they’ve become if they had it to do over again, it does require a certain degree of care and restraint in how one leads life.