Meet Sarah Palin, Professional Celebrity

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Since August 2008, Sarah Palin has been one of the most famous political figures in the country. Since August 2009, she's been one of our most famous figures, period.

By August 2010, she may be unrivaled in the fame department.

Killer Sarah Palin Photo

Last week, we reported how the former Alaska governor was working on a TV series about her home state, pitched by none other than famed producer Mark Burnett.

A day before that, her publishers at HarperCollins announced she was embarking on a second book, a follow-up to her blockbuster best-selling memoir, Going Rogue.

The day before that, she was the marquee guest on The Tonight Show, upstaging the likes of Olympic champion Shaun White and American Idol star Adam Lambert.

No small feat there.

Sarah Palin speaking at some event recently.

At least on the surface, she remains engaged in politics, praising the Tea Party movement, and somewhat involved in journalism ... or whatever Fox News is.

A joke she told on The Tonight Show said it all: "The truth is, though, I'm glad that I'm not vice president. I would not know what to do with all that free time." Bam!

Seriously, though. No one works harder at being a celebrity than Sarah Palin, whether she's hitting an Oscar gift suite or trying to cash in on teen mom Bristol Palin.

But toward what end? A 2012 presidential run? Tens of millions? A daily talk show? Oprah-like, single-name dominance of pop culture and soon the entire universe?

Everyone wondering exactly that simply enhances her star power, as does the blurring of the worlds of politics, celebrity and the media, which extends beyond her.

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Sarah Palin Biography

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Sarah Palin is the former Governor of Alaska, and was the 2008 Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, running on... More »
Sandpoint, Idaho
Full Name
Sarah Louise Heath Palin

Sarah Palin Quotes

What I've had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the Blackberries and pick up the breast pump. Do a couple of things different and still get it all done.

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I am thankful to be married to a man who loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom so he is my strength. And practically speaking, we have a great network of help with lots of grandparents and aunties and uncles all around us. We have a lot of help.

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