Edie: American Girl
Jean Stein, George Plimpton
In a dazzling tapestry of voices—family, friends, lovers, rivals—the entire meteoric trajectory of Edie Sedgwick’s life is brilliantly captured. And so is the Pop Art world of the ‘60s: the sex, drugs, fashion, music—the mad rush for pleasure and fame. All glitter and flash on the outside, it was hollow and desperate within—like Edie herself, and like her mentor, Andy Warhol. Alternately mesmerizing, tragic, and horrifying, this book shattered many myths about the ‘60s experience in America.
threw her arms around me. I thought that was very pleasant. We spent part of the evening together after that. She was very frank. She told me that she had an incompatible marriage with her husband and had only married him because—as she said—”He came to see me in the hospital.” She said she wanted to talk to me the next day. “I like to fuck first. I have to before talking; it relaxes me.” I said that certainly there were other ways of relaxing. “Not for me,” she said. So I said, “Go ahead and
minis. Owning the Popest Art. Producing tasteful but unsuccessful movies. Acting in tasteless but successful plays in Kansas City. Having a formal sit-down dinner for twelve in Halls store window to promote something or other. And laying the ground for divorce, near-breakdown, conversion. I thought the Vietnamese War was a miniseries on TV! How did I manage to remain eighteen for so long? I now think I’m being granted a brief period of adulthood before I lapse into senility. I have gone back to
first two albums by The Outlaws. Most recently musical director on The Rose, which was nominated for a Grammy Award and an Academy Award.” LILIAN SAARINEN, born in New York in 1912, studied art with Alexander Archipenko while she was still a teenager. Her sculpture is in the collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, and the Addison Museum Gallery, Andover, Massachusetts. GLORIA SCHIFF was the fashion editor, Harper’s Bazaar, senior editor, Vogue magazine, and she says she is “now
been close friends ever since. Jane Wyatt worked in TV and the theater, and her husband has been involved in investment management. Acknowledgments The listing of acknowledgments does not begin to suggest the support, the advice, and the many hours that thoughtful people gave George Plimpton and me for this book. A profound appreciation to the following members of Edie’s family who gave generously of their time: John P. Marquand, Jr., Helen Stokes Merrill, Alexander Sedgwick, Fan Sedgwick,
he didn’t understand that effeminacy is part of manhood. He felt small. My father told me that he himself had been a weakling—a little pigeon-chested, sickly boy who had been bullied—and now he was a man. He talked about the feeling of the pigeon-chested, these feelings of people pushing him around. Well, he wasn’t going to be pushed around, so he had made his body and his ego strong. He wanted his sons to do the same. Minty always threatened his sense of what manhood was just by being Minty.