Five celebrities who we have forgotten existed

Written by SianElvin

Fame is a funny thing.

Fame is a funny thing. There are the celebrities who you see all the time, from Cheryl Cole to Beyoncé, and those who you wonder why they’re actually famous – what does Keith Lemon even do, anyway?

However, sometimes someone will pop up and you’ll think, “Gosh, where did they go?”

Here are the top five celebrities who only had five minutes of fame.

MacAulay Culkin

Remember this guy? No? Is this picture a little more familiar?










That’s right, the cool kid Kevin McCallister from all four Home Alone films actually looks like that now. And he’s 33.

He had a pretty successful career actually. He was regarded the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple at the height of his fame and was ranked second on the lists of top child stars by VH1 and E! He even dated Mila Kunis until 2010.

However, despite the huge success of the Home Alone series, the following films he acted in were not as successful and he dropped into inactivity. Lately though he has attempted a comeback and has appeared in an advert for Aviva Insurance, as well as making a brief cameo on WWE Raw. Glamorous, huh?


Oh yes, Chico. The joke candidate of The X Factor who actually managed to reach the quarter-finals back in 2005. We all know he was terrible but somehow, he reached number 1 in the music charts with that song entitled ‘It’s Chico Time.’






Watching that back is even worse than I remembered… So obviously he earned a lot of money off that one-hit wonder, but what does he do now? He appeared in reality TV show ‘CelebAir’ in 2008, which no, I didn’t watch either. Turns out he actually tried to release an album too, but it was shelved due to poor sales of its lead single, ‘D.I.S.C.O.’ He has released a couple of charity singles since though, so good on him.

Paris Hilton

Reading the name ‘Paris Hilton’ sent a tremor of shock through me as I thought, “Woah, what happened to her?” Once upon a time she was everywhere, and I’m not even sure why, considering her entry on Wikipedia is entitled “socialite, actress and entertainer.”

I mean, of course, back in the days of ‘The O.C.’ she was pretty cool as she owned one of the first ever camera phones (remember trying to take a selfie when you couldn’t see the screen, anyone?), but the one thing which pushed her to fame was that illicit sex tape back in 2003.

Her latest pursuits, including a talent show to try and find her BFF and a series documenting her life called ‘The World According to Paris,’ were dropped in 2011 and she has done very little since, except be rich.

Sinead O’Connor

One of those names that sound somehow familiar, but you can’t quite grasp it. Sinead O’Connor released a cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ back in 1990 and it received worldwide success.




Ah, 1990s nostalgia. But what has she done since? Become a priestess, announced her strongly Roman Catholic background, and grown her hair very, very long. Awesome.

Weird Al Yankovic

This guy! Anyone remember him? Of course you do, he’s that hilarious parodist who released the song of your teens (this is for you, 90s kids).






As of 2007 he had sold more than 12 million albums (what even was the album? Who knows), had recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and had won three Grammy Awards.

What is meant to be doing at the moment? Planning a comeback and apparently releasing a new album in the near future. If this is the case, I cannot wait.

Are there any other forgotten celebrities that we have missed off this list? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured image: H Grime / Flickr
MacAulay Culkin: Wikimedia Commons
Home Alone: s_herman / Flickr
Chico Slimani: Wikimedia Commons
Paris Hilton: icouldnthelpbutwonderblog.blogspot.com
Sinead O’Connor: Wikimedia Commons
Weird Al: Wikimedia Commons