Selling your Soul for Fame is not a metaphor, talent alone will not bring you fame. They will never allow someone to have that much fame, influence and money without a leash of sorts around them. There is always an equal exchange, you never get something or so much for nothing.
Mind Control does exist, and of course Evil people would just love something like this, would they not? So a lot of research and experimentation goes into this subject, for all the reasons you can think of and some you may not….
i remember seeing video of Marilyn singing Happy Birthday to JFK, and even understanding her sexuality as a movie idol the whole thing came across as very creepy to me.