Ask Kris Humphries about the fleeting nature of mainstream fame.
In just a matter of months, Humphries went from a relatively no-name NBA player, to the most famous boyfriend in America, to a co-star in a huge celebrity wedding, then back to a relatively no-name NBA player. Now he's the middle of a divorce with Kim Kardashian that puts him right back in the tabloid headlines.
The celebrities listed in this space each week may have only been out of the limelight for a few months, but in this climate, that can seem like years. Hopefully their returns to the mainstream radar go smoother for them than it has for Humphries.
In addition to her careers as a singer and actress -- the legendary entertainer has won an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award -- Streisand is also a director. But it's been 16 years since she last worked behind the camera (The Mirror Has Two Faces), qualifying her return to the director's chair in the upcoming Skinny and Cat as a true comeback story.
Streisand wrote the script, a love story, some 25 years ago and was originally going to star in the film alongside Robert Redford. But seeing as he's now 75 and she's 70, well, it's clear why Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth make more sense today. Will Streisand be rusty as a director? Doubt it. Everything the woman touches turns to gold. Production is scheduled to begin January 2013.
Davis picked up a Golden Globe in 2006 for her role as President Mackenzie Allen on the ABC drama Commander in Chief, but since the show's short run ended that same year, she's dropped off the radar for the most part.
The youthful 56-year-old has an intriguing prospect on the horizon, however: the A&E miniseries Coma, a "modern retelling" of a Robin Cook novel produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott that will premiere Labor Day 2012. Davis is part of an all-star cast that includes Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn, James Woods and Lauren Ambrose. And from the looks of the trailer, Coma could make you scared to step foot in another hospital.
You can tell Manson hasn't been in the public eye much as of late, because he hasn't been blamed for any recent horrible tragedies. But the multi-talented artist -- he's a rock star, actor, director and painter -- has chosen to open himself up for a new set of lawsuits this year with noted returns to the studio and the screen. Last month, Manson released his eighth album, Born Villain. And earlier this week it was announced that Manson will have a guest role on Showtime's Californication next season, where he'll play himself. So I'm guessing he'll come to the set with his own makeup artist.
ABC cancelled All My Children last year, leaving Lucci just a few appearances shy of logging 1,000 episodes on the iconic soap opera. Since then she's had a recurring spot on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, but is now poised for another big-time role in the upcoming Lifetime drama Devious Maids.
If that sounds like a Desperate Housewives spin-off, well, it kind of is. The show comes from the mind of Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and is executive-produced by Eva Longoria, among others. ABC actually turned down Devious Maids -- safe to say Lucci won't be playing one of the maids -- but Lifetime got on board and is planning a 2013 debut.
Go ahead and make your own jokes, but Portia de Rossi is making her TV comeback as an ageless vampire. Really. Out of the spotlight for the last couple of years since her stint on Better Off Ted, Portia has been cast as Lily Munster in Mockingbird Lane, a reboot series of The Munsters. Jerry O'Connell will co-star as Herman Munster, with Eddie Izzard filling in as Grandpa. And the award for Most Random TV Cast goes to...