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Why do they call people who become famous in the entertainment industry “stars”?

Asked by josie (29098points) 3 days ago

Is there a particular reason for the astrological reference?
Why not kings or gods or lions or some other allusion to exalted status?

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kritiper's avatar

Because they are actors or actresses (and others) who play principal roles and that stand out pre-eminently among the rest of us and their peers. Like stars in the heavens that stand out in the night.
(Thanks to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1960 ed. for help acquired in answering this question.)

Caravanfan's avatar

according to this it goes all the way back to the 1700s

elbanditoroso's avatar

“overpaid egotistical arrogant fools” was too many letters.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Because we look up to them.

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