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07/16/2010 10:50 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'A Short History of Celebrity': Why Do We Love Famous People?

The late anthropologist Clifford Geertz famously defined culture as an "ensemble of stories we tell about ourselves." By that reckoning, the tales of "Entertainment Tonight" are as much a part of culture as a Shakespeare play, and potentially just as meaningful.

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