Starstruck – over a decade’s worth of celebrity snapshots by an obsessive fan

I don’t know what is more fascinating, the images or the accompanying anecdotes included in this collection of amateur snapshots taken from 1966-1980. Photographed with a paparazzi’s determination and a fan’s adoration, these portraits are intimate, touching, hilarious, and sometimes out of focus.

Gary Lee Boas’ obsession with celebrities, which began at age 15, led him to wait for hours in front of stage doors, hotels and nightclubs to capture everyone from actors to musicians to astronauts to politicians, including the famous, the future-famous, and the once-famous. The juxtaposition of the photographs (sometimes absurd) adds to the pleasure of leafing through this colorful book: Henry Kissinger coupled with Lee Majors, John Wayne with Billy Barty, Marilyn Chambers with Nelson Rockefeller. The frequent inclusion of non-celebrity onlookers in the pics (proto-photobombers?) adds to the fun – especially in the photograph of Miss Universe.

Starstruck: Photographs From a Fan, by Gary Lee Boas

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  1. I was born in 1979 and most of those people are completely unrecognizable to me. So next time you complain about Bieber, know that his time in the spotlight is short.

  2. Lessee... Gloria Vanderbildt maybe?

    Sonny Bono, Cher, Cher’s date who looks like Leif Garrett but is too old to be him

    Redd Foxx

    Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett

    Tina Turner, Ike

    Peter Falk, Diana Rigg

    Put em all together and you’ve got either Battle of the Network Stars, a Nipsey Russell roast, or an Irwin Allen disaster movie.

  3. I dunno. I was pretty cognizant of most of the A-list stars that were big when I was born or in the generation before me-- Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, etc. I would think, by the same token, if I was born in 1979, by the time I was 35, I would know definitely recognize most of these. In fact, I think by the time you reach 35, most of these would just be basic knowledge to anyone who's interest in current culture is more than just for the flavor of the day. If not interested, fine, but its not because their spotlight was short. Its because you obviously don't pay much attention to stuff that came before the Biebers. A lot of people do, and always will.

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