While many people associate Andy Warhol with his paintings of soup cans and well-known celebrities, others can’t help but think of his infamous quote regarding fame. Stating, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” he has given hope to anyone who has dreamt of achieving fame. However, what he failed to mention in his statement is that there are definitely different levels of being famous in the world’s opinion. Just as “not all attention is good attention,” not everyone in Hollywood has reached real fame.
A great example of this is the fact that the Hollywood Walk of Fame doesn’t recognize reality stars. So, while Kim Kardashian may be a well-known television personality and an Instagram sensation, she definitely hasn’t reached the level of fame of a movie star like Angelina Jolie or Meryl Streep. Fame is more than just being recognized by name and picture in the public eye. It is something that leads to bigger and better things, opens doors to opportunity, and comes with a level of respect.
While there have been some celebs that have been able to gain their share of fame through sleeping their way to the top, there are far more that have slipped through the cracks regardless of how many backroom casting sessions they’ve attended. From dabbling in adult entertainment to jumping from one bed to the next, check out our list of 15 celebrities who slept around, but couldn’t find fame. And take a peek at the ugly side of Hollywood.
15. Farrah Abraham – Backdoor Fun
Introduced to audiences through her appearance on MTV’s Teen Mom, she had a particularly interesting storyline due to the fact that the father of her baby had passed away. Each Farrah episode usually showed her in tears due to grieving, problems with her mother, or struggling to adhere to her new role as a Mom. If this were a Lifetime movie, it would have ended with her becoming some sort of version of a young Martha Stewart and meeting a guy that would fall in love with her and her daughter. However, the reality offers a much sadder tale that includes botched plastic surgery and adult entertainment. Signing a deal with Vivid Entertainment for $1 million dollars, Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom, was her first adult film. Yet, it definitely didn’t land her a movie role or gain her any respect in Hollywood. Instead, all it did was get her an offer for Backdoor, part two.
14. Tiffany Pollard – New York’s Un-finest
Known by the nickname, New York, this was a name that was given to her when competing on Flavor of Love. Her appearance on the show was filled with sexual innuendos, suggesting she and Flavor Flav had engaged in sexual relations, which only furthered her humiliation when she wasn’t picked as the winner. She continued on the reality show path with a spinoff called, I Love New York, which ran for two seasons. However, not only did she not find love, but she didn’t find fame either. A variety of sad television appearances followed, including a stint involving her mother, Sister Patterson, but she was never able to branch out to achieve true fame.
13. Tila Tequila – Not Even Tequila Can Help Her Out
Back when Myspace was the only real social networking site, Tila Tequila was the “It” girl that made people wonder, “Who is that!?” The popularity of her online presence helped land her a reality dating show that embraced her bisexuality. With both men and women competing on A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, people loved the idea of girl-on-girl action mixed in with a chance at love. However, just as Myspace came and went, so did Tila’s 15 minutes of fame. While you might think landing your own reality show is the first step to bigger and better things, it was just a blip on the radar for Tila. Desperate to stay in the public eye, Tila was slammed by those closest to her when she used the death of Band-Aid heiress, Casey Johnson, to perform an impromptu photoshoot with paparazzi outside of her home. Supposedly in mourning, it showed just how far her star had fallen and the depths she’d sink to in order to stay in the headlines.
12. Lindsay Lohan – 36 And Counting…
There was a time when Lindsay Lohan seemed to have it all as a triple threat celebrity that could act, sing, and perform. However, a lot has changed since her 2004 success from the film, Mean Girls. The singing career petered out pretty quickly, and her 2009 film, Labor Pains, went straight to cable. Since then, all the Lindsay Lohan headlines have dealt with rehab and sexual partners rather than red carpet appearances and premieres. The biggest eye-opener happened during a stay at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, when a list was found naming all the celebrities Lindsay had relations with throughout her career. Not only was the list long, but it contained some of the hottest names in Hollywood from Justin Timberlake to Zac Efron to Colin Farrell. With 36 famous lovers listed, it proves that not everyone rises to the top by sleeping around.
11. Dustin Diamond – Not Even An Adult Film Can Save His Career
Dustin Diamond, better known by the “Screech” character he played on Saved by the Bell, wasn’t exactly the breakout star of the show in the late ’80s and early ’90s. While there were some great opportunities afforded some of the show’s cast members, “Screech” was definitely no Mario Lopez. Instead, Dustin Diamond chose to try and boost his fame through directing and releasing his own sex tape in 2006. Entitled, Screeched – Saved by the Smell, there were some inconsistencies on whether or not he actually used a stunt double during portions of the tape. While Kim Kardashian’s sex tape may have helped her star to rise, it didn’t do anything for Dustin’s career except give him a few pity nods from his former costars.
10. Stephen Geoffreys – From The Silver Screen To…
There are actually a number of actors that started their careers in the adult film industry, but they work quickly to try and get the public to forget about it as best as they can. However, it’s rare that a mainstream actor would fall into the adult industry after starring on the big screen. Stephen Geoffreys never was a huge movie star, or even a good-looking sidekick, when he was cast in some popular flicks in the ’80s. But with an extended period of not working in the entertainment world, he became a prominent figure in the adult film industry, specializing in homosexual adult films. In 1997 alone, he starred in 14 separate adult films, but he was never able to get back onto the silver screen.
9. Montana Fishburne – Laurence Is None Too Proud
Although Kim Kardashian’s sex tape with Ray J was made in 2003, it wasn’t actually released until 2007. So, while it was a shaming experience for the Kardashian clan, at least her father, Robert Kardashian, was spared the embarrassment of having to comment on his daughter’s new endeavors. This definitely isn’t the case for Laurence Fishburne and his daughter, Montana. Starting a career in the adult entertainment industry as soon as she was of legal age, Montana actually gave a statement to TMZ on why she went the sex-tape route for her chase of fame, stating, “I’ve watched how successful Kim Kardashian became and I think a lot of it was due to the release of her sex tape.” Showing how warped young Hollywood can be when it comes to levels of fame, it’s no surprise directors aren’t banging down the door trying to offer her roles.
8. Nicole Alexander (“Hoopz”) – Used Flavor Flav
Introduced to audiences on the first season of Flavor of Love, Nicole Alexander was nicknamed “Hoopz” and ultimately became the last woman standing. While it’s almost impossible to say that all the women were on the show because they truly were trying to fall in love with Flavor Flav with a straight face, fans were a little surprised at how quickly “Hoopz” ditched Flavor Flav once the show wrapped. She was a definite fan favorite against the runner-up, “New York,” but audiences quickly saw that she was just using this opportunity as a stepladder. And she sure needed a stepladder when she landed Shaquille O’Neal for a fiancée, which would have probably led to another reality show appearance (something having to do with being a Housewife or a Basketball Wife, I’m sure). Instead, he just became another notch on her bedpost, and they never did make it down the aisle.
7. Scott Schwartz – Child Actor Dilemma
Life isn’t always easy for child stars, especially those who continue to pursue a life in the entertainment industry. With A-list actors like Drew Barrymore and Alyssa Milano barely making it through, what chance does a second-rate actor have? Scott Schwartz may have been instantly recognizable as the child that got his tongue stuck to a pole in the film A Christmas Story, when he was still young (and hopefully wearing the same bundled up clothing). His looks inevitably changed as he grew older, and the film opportunities didn’t exactly flood in. Instead of honing his craft, Scott chose to try and gain fame in his adult years by taking roles in dirty movies. Not only did it not help his film career, but it became just another sad cautionary tale for child actors.
6. Jaimee Foxworth – Urkel’s Sister
During the late ’80s to early ’90s, family sitcoms were all the rage. Shows like Full House and Family Matters highlighted the world’s fascination with cute youngsters and their sibling dynamics. Jaimee Foxworth was the youngest sibling on the hit show, Family Matters, but definitely didn’t become the breakout star like her Olsen twins counterparts. When the public became more enthralled with the Urkel character, Jaimee ultimately got the boot from the show and turned to adult films to try and revamp her career. Starring under the stage name, Crave, not only did she become a forgotten television actor but she became another casualty that took a gamble for fame under the sheets.
5. Simon Rex – All Looks, No Brass
While it’s usually female actresses that try their hand at fame by sexual escapades, Simon Rex is an example of a male actor trying to become the next heartthrob with a start in adult films. Starting at just 19 years old, his adult films were geared towards a gay market and included cheesy titles like Young, Hard & Solo II & III. Since his 1993 peak in the adult film industry, he has made continued efforts to try and parlay this experience into a viable film and television career. While he has made some appearances in popular television shows, he still hasn’t become mainstream or accepted as a true Hollywood actor. Although he may have the look of a Hollywood heartthrob, his background in the sex industry seems to have tainted his ability to reach true fame.
4. Brandi Glanville – Raves About Her “Sexcapades”
The story behind Brandi Glanville’s failed marriage to Eddie Cibrian gave her a pretty likable jumping off character when she started as a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, since he famously cheated on her and went on to marry his mistress, LeAnn Rimes. However, public perception changed pretty quickly once she started up with all her drama-filled antics, and flaunted a long list of sexual exploits in Hollywood. One of the most embarrassing moments for Brandi was when she raved about how good Gerard Butler was in bed, but then he didn’t seem to even know who she was when asked by the paparazzi. While he later apologized for forgetting her name, it does show how insignificant she truly is when even the guys that sleep with her can’t remember her.
3. Levi Johnston – Guy Who Got Bristol Pregnant
When a girl starts dating the son of someone in the world of politics, they usually take that moment to become the very best version of herself. When Carolyn Bessette became linked with John F. Kennedy Jr., she became the pinochle of style and sophistication and the envy of women everywhere. However, things were quite a bit different when Levi Johnston started dating Bristol Palin, the daughter of then-Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin. Rather than taking that moment to parlay his notoriety into a budding career in politics, Levi showed his true interests involved the entertainment world. Sarah Palin famously snorted at Johnston’s “aspiring adult film career,” and his hopes for fame pretty much ended after a lackluster spread in Playgirl magazine.
2. Josh Duggar – Famous For Committing Awful Acts
While the premise of 19 Kids & Counting was based more on the relationship between Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, audiences quickly became interested in the lives of their older children. The eldest children became the focus of numerous episodes, especially with the marriage of Josh Duggar to Anna Renee. While the couple was coined as a younger version of Jim Bob and Michelle, Josh’s rise to fame was quickly snuffed out because of the details that emerged regarding sexual abuse and cheating. There’s no telling how many extramarital affairs he participated in, but it was revealed that he held two separate subscriptions to the cheating site Ashley Madison from 2013 to 2015. Not only did his sleeping around hurt his reputation in the eyes of the public, but it also destroyed his chances of ever getting his own spin-off show with wife, Anna.
1. Nicole Murphy – From One Famous Man To The Next
Hollywood is often a virtual mix-and-match game when it comes to celebrity hookups and breakups, with so many swapping partners it’s hard to keep up. A great example of this is Nicole Murphy. Once married to Eddie Murphy, she made headlines during the messy divorce where she received a $15 million settlement. While other people would find $15 million a more than sufficient amount to live a quiet life in happiness, Nicole Murphy doesn’t seem satisfied to live life in the shadows. She has been romantically linked to a number of different men in Hollywood, including a brief stint with Nick Cannon and a failed engagement to Michael Strahan. She tried to parlay her sexual past into some fame through a reality show, but even that petered out into cancellation oblivion.