Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein with George Plimpton

This biography of Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick is told from the voices of dozens and dozens of family members and friends, weaved together into a cohesive tapestry. Beginning with the history of the Sedgwick family (Edie came from a long line of effed up people, let me tell you), the coverage is pretty in-depth. It's a sad tale, from her early family life to her "medical treatment" at the Manhattan State Hospital to her demise at the age of 28.

A young Edie and friend Ed Hennessey.

Edie and Andy Warhol.

The Factory entourage.

Edie on the set of Kitchen, 1965.

Edie on the set of Ciao! Manhattan, in her California home toward the end of her life.

While I do recommend this book, I cannot stress enough to skip the biopic Factory Girl. It will have you rolling your eyes for 90 minutes (or maybe trying to claw them out so as not to have to watch the monstrosity unfolding before you).

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