chapter  Seven
17 Pages

Celebrity stalking

ByHelen K. Gediman

In Ron Galella’s photographic and litigious pursuit of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and in Monica Lewinsky’s crush on, and adoration of, her president, William Jefferson Clinton, friends of the media and enemies of the president alike were eager to spread the stalking news beyond its usual tabloid coverage. Episodes of stalking may take over the erotomanic celebrity stalker’s entire psychic life. In her wry reference to Monica Lewinsky’s 1950s-style seduction measures to bag Bill Clinton, her president, M. Dowd distinguished the fine line between trapping and stalking. To her credit, Dowd’s point is that complex feelings enter the picture in cases of celebrity stalking when the stalkee is rich and has a high and famous position. Stalkers smitten by unrequited love are not limited to heterosexual women stalking idealized men, but may be admirers of any sexual orientation. N. Theobold’s tragic adventure tells of a woman’s crush on a celebrity performer.