40 Notable D-List Celebrities You Probably Forgot About

D-list celebrity status refers to those lingering at the bottom rungs of fame. Though largely forgotten, these minor celebrities once had their fleeting moments in the pop culture spotlight. Let’s look at 40 celebrities commonly regarded as D-listers:

1. Danielle Staub

Danielle Staub briefly starred on The Real Housewives of New Jersey during the show’s early seasons.

2. Aubrey O’Day

Singer Aubrey O’Day briefly found fame in the 2000s girl group Danity Kane.

3. Levi Johnston

Levi Johnston had his 15 minutes as the ex-fiance of Bristol Palin and father of her child.

4. Michael Lohan

Best known as the father of Lindsay Lohan, Michael Lohan has made some tabloid appearances.

5. Heidi Fleiss

Hollywood Madame Heidi Fleiss was briefly in the limelight for her illegal prostitution ring in the 90s.

6. Tila Tequila

Early reality star Tila Tequila tried to extend her 15 minutes of fame well past its limit.

7. Crystal Harris

Crystal Harris married Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner in 2012, briefly becoming famous as a “girlfriend.”

8. Puck – Real World

Obnoxious Puck made himself the villain on an early season of MTV’s The Real World.

9. Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola

Sammi “Sweetheart” was one of the often-intoxicated cast members on Jersey Shore.

10. Lisa D’Amato

Lisa D’Amato snagged her fleeting fame on cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model.

11. Tiffany “New York” Pollard

Reality star Tiffany “New York” Pollard endlessly tried to extend her 15 minutes.

12. Nicole Richie

Adopted daughter of Lionel Richie, Nicole Richie gained minor fame on The Simple Life.

13. Heidi Montag

Heidi Montag and husband Spencer Pratt are perhaps the ultimate D-listers still desperately clinging to fame.

14. Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones briefly gained notoriety as an Olympic athlete before appearing on various reality shows.

15. Juan Pablo Galavis

Ex-soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis was the first Latino star of The Bachelor franchise.

16. Justin Guarini

Justin Guarini was the first runner-up on season one of American Idol.

17. Gary Busey

Once a respected actor, Gary Busey now makes his living appearing on reality shows.

18. Perez Hilton

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton was more famous during the 2000s before fading into obscurity.

19. Flavor Flav

Rapper Flavor Flav has become a reality TV clown well past the peak of his Public Enemy fame.

20. Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond is still desperately clinging to his Saved by the Bell fame as Screech.

21. Ron Jeremy

Porn star Ron Jeremy was able to cross over to minor mainstream fame in the 90s and 2000s.

22. William Hung

William Hung gained brief notoriety for his infamous 2004 American Idol audition.

23. Tonya Harding

Disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding popped up in tabloid headlines in the 90s.

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24. Alyssa Milano

Former child star Alyssa Milano had minor fame in the 80s and 90s before transitioning to social media politics.

25. Bai Ling

Actress Bai Ling perhaps peaked with a small role in Anna and the King.

26. Bridget Marquardt

Along with Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt was one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends.

27. Tawny Kitaen

80s video vixen Tawny Kitaen had minor fame dating celebrities like Tommy Lee.

28. Erin Moran

Erin Moran’s career declined sharply after her role as Joanie on Happy Days.

29. Frenchie Davis

Frenchie Davis placed highly on a season of American Idol before fading into obscurity.

30. Omarosa

Omarosa gratingly portrayed a reality TV villain after her stint on The Apprentice.

31. Tracey Gold

Tracey Gold is best remembered for playing Carol on Growing Pains in the late 80s/early 90s.

32. Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm briefly played ADA Serena Southerlyn on a few seasons of Law & Order.

33. Willie Aames

Willie Aames peaked as sidekick Buddy Lembeck on Charles in Charge in the 1980s.

34. David Charvet

David Charvet had the height of fame as Matt on Baywatch in the 90s.

35. Carnie Wilson

Carnie Wilson found minor success with Wilson Phillips in the 1990s.

36. Traci Lords

Former underage porn star Traci Lords later tried transitioning into B movies.

37. Andrew Dice Clay

Controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay peaked in popularity in the late 1980s.

38. Tara Reid

Tara Reid enjoyed modest popularity in some 2000s comedies before declining into obscurity.

39. Rodney King

Rodney King was unwillingly at the center of the infamous 1991 police brutality case.

40. Nadya Suleman

Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom, was an infamous tabloid figure after birthing octuplets.

Barely Blips on the Radar

While largely forgotten, these minor celebrities all once enjoyed at least fleeting time in the limelight for one reason or another. Some are still desperately chasing even an ounce of faded glory to keep their D-list status alive.

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