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Actor Steve Buscemi poses with his awards for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series for "Boardwalk Empire" at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 29, 2012. Researchers found that the kind of fame Buscemi has never really goes away in the media.
Actor Steve Buscemi poses with his awards for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series for "Boardwalk Empire" at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 29, 2012. Researchers found that the kind of fame Buscemi has never really goes away in the media.
(Mike Blake/Reuters)

Celebrity

Fame is 'extremely sticky,' not fleeting, say researchers

Reality TV stars may come and go, but a new study suggests true fame is enduring.

The research finds that people who achieve real celebrity remain famous for years, making frequent appearances in newspapers over periods of decades.

The work bucks the widely held notion that fame is ephemeral, a belief held both by average individuals and by those who study the sociology of fame.