celebrity. fame

Joseph Epstein, of the Weekly Standard, finds a distinction:

A sportswriter once said that . . . [Ted] Williams, wished to be famous but had no interest in being a celebrity. What Ted Williams wanted to be famous for was his hitting. He wanted everyone who cared about baseball to know that he was—as he believed and may well have been—the greatest pure hitter who ever lived. What he didn't want to do was to take on any of the effort off the baseball field involved in making this known. . . .

[F]ame is something one earns—through talent or achievement of one kind or another—while celebrity is something one cultivates or, possibly, has thrust upon one.

The Culture of Celebrity [Weekly Standard]

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