Barbara Walters grilled reality television star Kim Kardashian and her family about the reason for their fame two years ago, and now a new study is giving people more insight about the reason behind some celebrities' popularity.
A study that will be published in the April issue of American Sociological Review shows that the idea of 15 minutes of fame is rare, making the popularity of celebrities more long lasting than people assume. The study was conducted by researchers at McGill University and Stony Brook University, who studied every name published in U.S. and U.K. newspapers over several decades.
The researchers' findings indicated that people who have acquired fame had a slim chance of fading into obscurity, according to the American Sociological Review. Some of the famous names mentioned in the study that highlighted names mentioned in newspapers between 2004 and 2009 were Jamie Foxx, Bill Murray, Natalie Portman, Tommy Lee Jones, Naomi Watts, Howard Hughes, Phil Spector, John Malkovich, Adrien Brody, and Steve Buscemi.
One professor who helped run the study named Eran Shor named Kim Kardashian as one celebrity currently making headlines that won't see her popularity fade any time soon.
"What we've shown here that is truly revolutionary is that the people who you and I would consider famous, even the Kim Kardashians of this world, stay famous for a long time," Shor said in a National Confidential report. "It doesn't come and go."
In 2011, Barbara Walters grilled the Kardashian family about their fame after Kim made her list of 10 Most Fascinating People that year.
"You don't really act; you don't sing; you don't dance," Walters told Kardashian in a televised interview. "You don't have any- forgive me- any talent!"
However, Kardashian defended the way that she achieved her level of fame.
"I think it's more of a challenge for you to go on a reality show, and get people to fall in love with you for being you," Kardashian told Walters.