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Stars speak out on fame
BBC News Online reveals what people in the limelight have said about the lure of being famous and how it has affected them.

Ruby Wax
"Celebrity is a fantastic substitute for mommy and daddy's mess-ups. I think fame can be a high-octane, addictive thing - and I've certainly craved attention in my time - but fame cannot compensate for what you lack. Anyone who gets off on being a celebrity is sick. I mean ill, really ill."

Comedienne and presenter Ruby Wax on what she thinks of celebrity (2002)

Ricky Gervais

"If someone recognises me in the street I get very edgy and start to sweat."

Actor, writer and comic Ricky Gervais on how fame makes him feel uncomfortable (2002)

"It's a fad thing, a novelty. It's like a pair of trainers, one minute they're in and the next minute they're out."

Former Hear'Say member Suzanne Shaw on how the group's fame depended on the whim of the public (2002)

"I've always loved singing, I've always loved dancing and this is the one thing that I could do to make people watch me and pay attention to me."

Pop star and Spice Girl Victoria Beckham on why she chose to go into showbusiness (2002)

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman: Often in the limelight
"I've had successes and huge failures, which I'm glad I've had, it's part of a journey.

"To appreciate the successes you have to have had the failures and you have to accept that it is a journey and it's not just tomorrow or the next day or next year."

Actress Nicole Kidman on her career (2001)

Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell: In the public eye since she joined the Spice Girls
"There's nothing I do when the work stops. Every weekend I start crying.

"I just want some love in my life.

"I was just desperate for company. I thought I'd make you my friend".

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell to Molly Dineen, who made a documentary about her (1999)

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams has been through rehab
"When you come out of rehab you usually go into secondary care. I went on Top of the Pops."

Singer Robbie Williams on how he dealt with personal difficulties

"If I don't get big here, I have a great place to go on holiday. And if I do get big, then I'll have enough money to take a holiday on the moon."

Robbie Williams on trying to score fame in the US (1999)

Larry Hagman
Hagman appears to have enjoyed his fame
"It was a wonderful part. I got all the ladies, money, oil and big cars.

"Being a nice guy like Bobby would have been pretty dull - and it's hard work."

Actor Larry Hagman on playing JR Ewing in TV series Dallas (2001)

Caroline Aherne
Caroline Aherne has stepped out of celebrity glare
"I don't feel persecuted or singled out. I know it's a game, I'm just saying I'm getting out of it."

Actor and writer Caroline Aherne on turning her back on TV work due to media intrusion (2001)

"For whatever reason, my drinking, trying to top myself, going to The Priory, I realise that I'm a tabloid attraction. My life has been up and down like a rollercoaster."

Scriptwriter and actress Caroline Aherne on being the target of press interest due to her battles with alcoholism (2001)

Jackie Collins
Jackie Collins has an insider's view on celebrity
"Somebody will become a star just by being on a reality show.

"It is 15 minutes of fame, literally - you don't have to sleep with the president any more".

Hollywood Wives author Jackie Collins (2001)

Big Brother's Nichola
Big Brother's Nichola tried to launch a pop career
"Big Brother definitely changed my life for the better and I would do it over again.

"I'm going to make another record soon and hopefully a dance album. I'm new to the industry and I still have a lot to learn."

Former Big Brother inmate Nichola Holt on her brief attempt to make it in the music industry (2000)

Cerys Matthews
Cerys Matthews has struggled with fame
"I've never in my whole life doubted me, doubted my part in this band, until that point.

"But when I thought of going on stage in front of our fans it was like going into an exam when you know you've done no revision. Maybe it was depression."

Former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews on the strain of pop stardom and touring (2001)

Kennth Branah
Kenneth Branagh: Has come to accept media intrusion
"Sometimes you get irritated if it's very personal and vindictive, and you want to give somebody a punch - that feeling lasts for about three seconds and then you get on with your life.

"It's just part and parcel of what we do and you come to a strange acceptance of it. If you don't like that stuff you shouldn't be in the business."

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh on press intrusion into his private life (1999)

Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson has confidence in her performance
"I grew up on movie sets and had a blast.

"I always wanted to perform and when I started acting I knew my mother would be a big reason for the attention that was drawn to me.

"But I never felt I had to 'make my mark' and I never questioned that I could do it."

Actress Kate Hudson on how she felt about going into her profession (2001)

Griff Rhys Jones
Griff Rhys Jones appears not to mind fame
"I still feel the only noticeable thing about being famous is that people come a long way down the carriage to sit next to you on trains.

"I am probably the top man in the country for low farce acting on stage. It's not much to be top man of but at least it's something."

Comic Griff Rhys Jones on how he sees himself (1999)

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe has firm ideas on his future
"I've always wanted to act since I was five."

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on his childhood ambition (2001)


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