It wasn't until he faked his own grandmother's death, however, that he shot right up into reality TV villain infamy.
Everything seemed to be going well for Spears professionally, but her personal life was beginning a fast and steep dive from the heights of fame, to the depths of infamy.
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Miley Cyrus, daughter of one hit wonder country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus (whose Achy Breaky Heart lives on in infamy) had a meteoric rise to fame, thanks to the Disney Channel favorite Hannah Montana show.
Losing physical custody of her kids is just one more sign that Britney Spears' life is continuing its nosedive from the high heights of fame to the low depths of infamy.
The royal Hypaspistae) played a great part in the first wars of the successors, and covered themselves with infamy by their betrayal of Eumenes.
After ages have held up Phalaris to infamy for his excessive cruelty.
Between the dates of these two great books appeared La Voix de Guernesey, a noble and terrible poem on the massacre of Mentana which branded and commemorated for ever the papal and imperial infamy of the colleagues in that crime.
To avoid public infamy Piso committed suicide.
A vessel owned in Newburyport having taken a cargo of slaves from Baltimore to New Orleans, he characterized the transaction as an act of "domestic piracy," and avowed his purpose to "cover with thick infamy" those engaged therein.