ABSTRACT

The media rarely miss an opportunity to create excitement about politicians, performers, and celebrities who are twins. There appears to be a divide between those who happen to be a twin and where the twinship is not relevant to the area of their importance or talent as famous people but is nevertheless hyped by the media, and those twins who use the twin relationship as part of their celebrity status or their performance. Given the unreliability of the media, it is often difficult to work out whether it is the famous twins who have used their twinship as part of their celebrity, or whether the media, searching for a new exciting angle, have picked up on the twinship because it supposedly magnifies some aspect of the celebrity. At the heart of this attention is our fascination with twins and what the twin relationship represents in our imaginative lives.