Last year, Mark Steyn noted that “Celebrity behavior has been pretty consistent for the last century:”
In the Twenties, Hollywood stars shagged anything that moved, did drugs, divorced routinely – but they (or, at any rate, the studios) understood that it would not be good for this stuff to get out, and on the rare occasions it did get out it was a career ender. The gulf between the celeb life and the lives of the masses was a very well-kept secret.
Obviously, that’s not the case these days, illustrating huge changes in cultural mores. I’m not sure whatever happened to The Summer of George, but Michele Catalano writes that this year is “the Summer of Tabloid Divorce“: