(especially of an ordinary person) enjoying a brief period of fame before fading back into obscurity
In 1968, the pop artist Andy Warhol (1927-87) predicted that in the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes. Short-lived celebrity or notoriety is now often referred to as fifteen minutes of fame.
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famous for being famous
having no recognizable reason for your fame other than high media exposure
famous last words
said as an ironic comment on or reply to an overconfident assertion that may well soon be proved wrong by events
This expression apparently originated as a catchphrase in mid 20th-century armed forces’ slang.
2000 - Canberra Sunday Times - Speaking from New York, he said…I expect NASDAQ to fall more than another 5 - 10 per cent. Famous last words, but I expect it to break 3000…that is about a 20 per cent descent.