In contrast, both the Pope and The Dalai Lama are far more famous under their official title than under their actual names. English-speaking media commentators and journalists will sometimes refer to celebrities as belonging to the A-List or state that a certain actor belongs to the B-List, the latter being a disparaging context. Pablo Picasso 's style and name are known even to people who are not interested in art; likewise many know that Harry Houdini was an illusionist, Tiger Woods a golfer, Richard Branson , Bill Gates , and Donald Trump are entrepreneurs, Albert Einstein a scientist; Mozart and Beethoven classical composers; Luciano Pavarotti an opera singer, Bruce Lee a martial artist, William Shakespeare a playwright, Walt Disney an animator and Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong astronauts. Yet only heads of state who play a major role in international politics have a good chance of becoming famous outside their country's borders, since they are constantly featured in mass media. However, due to differing levels of celebrity in different regions, it is difficult to place people within one bracket. The second half of the century saw television and popular music bring new forms of celebrity, such as the rock star and the pop group, epitomised by Elvis Presley and the Beatles , respectively. In other cases the huge media coverage disappears after the conclusion of their trial, causing them to fade in obscurity again. A Brazilian actor might be a B-list action film actor in the U. Fictional implications[ edit ] The same phenomenon is true for fictional characters. Success[ edit ] There are, of course, no guarantees of success for an individual to become a celebrity. Some nationwide celebrities might command some attention outside their own nation; for example, the singer Lara Fabian is widely known in the French-speaking world, but only had a couple of Billboard hits in the U. For minor league to amateur athletes, earnings are usually on the lower end of the pay-scale. Assassins of high-profile celebrities can become famous, like Brutus who is remembered for murdering Julius Caesar. When his character was shot during a cliffhanger episode without the viewers knowing who was the killer, it caused a media hype around the question: In a pattern often repeated, what started out as an explosion of popularity often referred to with the suffix 'mania' turned into a long-lasting fame: The cult of personality particularly in the west can be traced back to the Romantics in the 18th century,  whose livelihood as artists and poets depended on the currency of their reputation. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from to People may become celebrities in a wide range of ways; from their professions, following appearances in the media, or by complete accident.