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- Created 2012-02-26
For the boxer nicknamed "Matinee Idol", see
is a term used mainly to describe film or theatre stars who are adored to the point of adulation by their fans.
The term almost exclusively refers to male actors. Invariably the adulation was fixated on the actor's looks rather than performance. It differs from "
" (and is also faintly derogatory) in that it suggests the star's popularity came from the afternoon
performances rather than the "big picture" evenings and, hence, a less discriminating audience.
During the 1920s, three actors
were considered leading Matinée idols.
Now a somewhat old-fashioned term, the phenomenon reached its height during the period from the 1930s to around the 1960s, a period extending from the beginning of the "talkies" to the development of
. As a concept it was supplanted by the more music-led term, "
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