15 minutes of fame


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1968, Andy Warhol, in a catalogue of an exhibition of his art in Stockholm

In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.


15 minutes of fame pl ‎(plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) A very short time in the spotlight or brief flurry with fame, after which the person or subject involved is quickly forgotten.
    • 2014, Kit Harding, Mona Lisa Harding, The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family's Method to College Ready by Age Twelve, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9781476759340, chapter 19, page 188:
      By the time we went to Central Park, someone walking in the park said they had just seen us on Fox that morning. It was like being a rock star with a whole fifteen minutes of fame. So it was fun for a time.
    The barbershop quartet Homer put together had its 15 minutes of fame before fans simply lost interest.


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