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Artist of the moment….Andy Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick…..

Time to learn about someone involved with my favorite artist of all time who is Andy Warhol, and what appeared to be his ticket to Hollywood, socialite beauty Edith Sedgwick. Edith Sedgwick was born to a wealthy American family in the year 1943.  Before there was Paris Hilton, we had Edie Sedgwick to impress us with her money and beauty. The family had wealth but she and her siblings had very difficult lives trying to live up to the ideals of their father. She died in 1971 at the age of 28 years old, from an overdose. She had gone to Woodstock and come back a heroin addict. Two brothers killed themselves within 18 months of  each other.

The master’s (Warhol!) screen test with Edie Sedgwick.

Sedgwick was infatuated with Bob Dylan and Warhol and Dylan were often at odds with each other. It was Warhol who told Sedgwick that Dylan had married another romantic interest. In some accounts Sedgwick even carried Dylan’s baby, but no concrete evidence exists to support it this theory 100 percent. This news also helped to promote Sedgwick on her downward spiral.

Here is a great movie starring some well known actors called Factory Girl. It provides some more insight into the life of Edie Sedgwick, who is played by Sienna Miller. Other celebrities appearing are Jimmy Fallon and Mena Suvari.

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A brief movie preview for the Factory Girl.

The Pop Art couple Warhol and Sedgwick appear on the Merv Griffin show back in the day.

For me the most impressive thing about Warhol is his ability to work in different mediums. Not oils or acrylics, but film, magazines, and music with the Velvet Underground. He tried seemingly everything he wanted whether he was successful or not he was always searching for new creative outlets.

Edith was named for her father’s aunt, Edith Minturn, an heir to a shipping fortune. She appears in this work by Sargent with her husband Isaac Newton Stokes.

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Sedgwick’s family was one of the first to arrive back in the 1600s. One relation was the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Another relative was the first lawyer to win a case for the freedom of a black woman.

The Sedgwick clan were taught they were better than others due to their wealth and social status. Most of their education was done at home, with private tutors and nannies. At age 13 Edie started boarding school but never lasted long at these locales due to her anorexia. Her father was a wealthy rancher who had been in mental hospitals three times prior to marrying in 1929. Her father was a manic depressive.

First cousin once removed of actress Kyra Sedgwick from the television series on TNT the Closer.

Nice to be rich! She and her sister were driven to a female doctor daily for vitamin B shots. The family had money from ranches, but in addition found oils on their property. They moved to a six thousand acre ranch and even had a school built on it. This led to feelings of isolation from their peers, which it seems is what the father was after anyway. The children dressed mainly in hand me downs and received few presents on holidays or birthday.

Sedgwick briefly attended Harvard College.

After marrying in 1971, Edie Sedgwick died at the age of 28 years old of a barbiturate overdose.

Warhol was amazing for telling us that in the future everyone will be popular for fifteen seconds. I only wish his Andy Warhol Superstars could live in a mansion with reality cameras! I don’t think even Andy thought you might be famous by having 20 kids like the Duggar family or for becoming pregnant at sixteen years of age.

Thanks for the memories Edie Sedgwick! Look out Paris Hilton!

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