15 Who Had Their 15 Minutes of Fame

Look, it's not all their fault--some of them were just born--but here are the folks for whom there will almost surely never be another year like 2006

  • 1 WARREN JEFFS The polygamous sect leader was arrested for arranging child-bride marriages. In America. In 2006.

    2 HEATHER MILLS MCCARTNEY Her split from Paul was the biggest Brit schism since 1776. And less amicable.

    3 GREG ANDERSON Barry Bonds' personal trainer waits out the steroids scandal in jail. Guess his career will take a hit.

    4 CARLA MARTIN She may have coached witnesses in the Zacarias Moussaoui case, putting the error in terror trial.

    5 ZINEDINE ZIDANE The soccer star head-butted another player at the World Cup, giving French fans a headache.

    6 SARA EVANS The Tom DeLay--endorsed country singer was forced by flash divorce to waltz off Dancing with the Stars.

    7 CHEF South Park voice actor Isaac Hayes objected to Scientology jokes, and his character got cooked. Wait, South Park is offensive?

    8 HARRY WHITTINGTON After the Veep accidentally shot him, Dick Cheney's hunting buddy was big game ... for comedians.

    9 YOHANE BANDA A famous pop singer named after Jesus' mom adopted his kid in Malawi. Does that make him Joseph?

    10 SURI CRUISE Some people send out birth announcements. Hers was on the cover of Vanity Fair.

    11 NATASCHA KAMPUSCH Austrian kidnap victim escaped after eight years in a tiny room. Maybe we should stash Warren Jeffs in there.

    12 JOHN MARK KARR Perhaps because people had (finally!) moved on, he falsely confessed to murdering JonBenét Ramsey.

    13 PATRICIA DUNN She allegedly spied on her Hewlett-Packard board and now faces felony charges. At least her printer worked.

    14 JAMES FREY His best-selling rehab memoir, A Million Little Pieces, was exposed as lotsa little lies. Oprah not pleased.

    15 KAAVYA VISWANATHAN The Harvard-undergrad author was caught plagiarizing. Luckily for her, she'd never made it onto Oprah.