UK Revives Flagging US Stars

David Gest, Janice Dickinson among celebs reviving fame abroad
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 2:04 PM CDT
A stint with the London production of the musical Chicago seems to have helped Ashlee Simpson remove the stain from an ill-fated 2006 Saturday Night Live appearance.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Britain is having a Statute of Liberty-esque effect on B-list US celebs, as Hollywood's tired, poor, huddled stars revive their fame across the pond, Tom Teodorczuk writes in Radar. Model Janice Dickinson, director Woody Allen, and music producer David Gest are just a few such celebs soaking in what one Brit calls "a warm bath for American stars."

"It's no surprise," Teodorcuzk writes, "that a country prepared to forgive even the wildest indiscretions of Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse would hold a special appeal for those who've fallen from lesser heights." Gest may be the phenomenon's poster child, spinning a reality-TV spot into a popular talk show that inspired the Daily Mirror to call him "the hottest star on TV."