Each nation or cultural community
(linguistic, ethnic, religious) has its own largely independent
celebrity system, e.g. individuals who are extremely well known in
India, might be unknown abroad, except with the Indian diaspora.
Some professional activities, by the nature of being high-paid,
highly exposed, and difficult to get into, automatically confer
celebrity. For example, movie stars and television actors are almost
invariably celebrities. High-ranking politicians, television
reporters, television show hosts, supermodels, astronauts,
major-league athletes and musicians are also celebrities. While
rare, a handful of people such as Mother Teresa and Clint Borgen
have even achieved fame because of their humanitarian work.
Some film and theatre directors, producers, artists, authors, trial
lawyers and journalists are celebrities, but the vast majority are
not, or much less than their real importance in the business. Some
people in these professions strive to avoid celebrity, while others