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If anyone is interested, here is the Edie chapter from 'The Philosophy of Andy Warhol' in its entirety:

Love (Prime)
The Fall and Rise of My Favorite Sixties Girl.


A: Should we walk? It's really beautiful out.
B: No.
A: Okay.

Taxi was from Charleston, South Carolina--a confused, beautiful debutante who'd split with her family and come to New York. She had a poignantly vacant, vulnerable quality that made her a reflection of everybody's private fantasies. Taxi could be anything you wanted her to be--a little girl, a woman, intelligent, dumb, rich, poor--anything. She was a wonderful, beautiful blank. The mystique to end all mystiques.

She was also a compulsive liar; she just couldn't tell the truth about anything. And what an actress. She could really turn on the tears. She could somehow always make you believe her--that's how she got what she wanted.

Taxi invented the miniskirt. She was trying to prove to her family back in Charleston that she could live on nothing, she would go the Lower East Side and buy the cheapest clothes, which happen to be little girl's skirts, and her waist was so tiny she could get away with it. Fifty cents a skirt. She was the first person to wear ballet tights as complete outfit, with big earrings to dress it up. She was an innovator--out of necessity as well as fun--and the big fashion magazines picked up on her look right away. She was pretty incredible.

We were introduced by a mutual friend who had just made a fortune promoting a new concept in kitchen appliances on television quiz shows. After one look at Taxi I could see that she had more problems than anybody I'd ever met. So beautiful but so sick. I was really intrigued.

She was living off the end of her money. She still had a nice Sutton Place apartment, and now and then she would talk a rich friend into giving her a wad. As I said, she could turn on the tears and get anything she wanted.

*Edited*

One of her rich sponsor-friends even tried to set her up in the fashion business, designing her own line of clothes. He'd bought a loft on 29th Street outright from a schlock designer who had just bought a condominium in Florida and wanted to leave the city fast. The sponsor-friend took over the operation of the whole loft with the seven seamstresses still at their machines and brought Taxi in to start designing. The mechanics of the business were all set up, all she had to do was come up with designs that were basically no more than copies of her own outfits that she styled for herself.

She wound up playing with the bottles of beads and buttons and trimmings that the previous manager left lining the walls. The business, needless to say, didn't prosper. Taxi would spend most of the day at lunch uptown at Reuben's ordering their Celebrity Sandwiches--the Anna Maria Alberghetti, the Arthur Godfrey, the Morton Downey were her favorites

*Edited*

But I finally realized that Taxi was selfish about absolutely everything.

One day when she was still in the designing business a friend and I went to visit her. There were scraps and scraps of velvets and satins all over the floor and my friend asked if she could have a piece just large enough to make a cover for a dictionary she owned. There were thousands of scraps all over the floor, practically covering our feet, but Taxi looked at her and said, "The best time is in the morning. Just come by in the morning and look through the pails out front and you'll probably find something."

Another time were riding in a cab and she was crying that she didn't have any money, that she was poor, and she opened her pocketbook for a Kleenex and I happened to catch sight of one of those clear plastic change purses all stuffed with green. I didn't bother to say anything. What was the point? But the next day I asked her, "What happened to that clear plastic change purse you had yesterday that was stuffed with money?" She said, "It was stolen last night at a discotheque." She couldn't tell the truth about anything.

Taxi hoarded brassieres. She kept around fifty brassieres--in graduated shades of beige, through pale pink and deep rose to coral and white--in her trunk. They all had the price tags on them. She would never remove a price tag, not even from the clothes she wore. One day the same friend that asked her for the scrap of material was short on cash and Taxi owed her money. So she decided to take a brassiere that still had the Bendel's tags on it back to the store and get a refund. When taxi wasn't look she stuffed it into her bag and went uptown. She went to the lingerie department and explained that she was returning the bra for a friend--it was obvious that this girl was far from an A-cup. The saleslady disappeared for ten minutes and then came back holding the bra and some kind of log book and said, "Madame. This bra was purchased in 1956." Taxi was a hoarder.

Taxi had an incredible amount of makeup in her bag and in her footlocker: fifty pairs of lashes arranged according to size, fifty mascara wands, twenty mascara cakes, every shade of Revlon shadow ever made--iridescent and regular, matte and shiny--twenty Max Factor blush-ons...She'd spend hours with her makeup bags Scotch-taping little labels on everything, dusting and shining the bottles and compacts. Everything had to look perfect.

But she didn't care about anything below the neck.

She would never take a bath.

I would say, "Taxi. Take a bath." I'd run the water and she would go into the bathroom with her bag and stay in there for an hour. I'd yell,

"Are you in the tub?"

"Yes, I'm in the tub."

Splash splash.

But then I'd hear her tip-toeing around the bathroom and I'd peek in through the keyhole and she'd be standing in front of the mirror, putting on more makeup over what was already caked on her face. She would never put water on her face--only those degreasers, those little tissue-thin papers you press on that remove the oils without ruining the makeup. She used those.

A few minutes later I'd peek through the keyhole again and she'd be recopying her address book--or somebody else's address book, it didn't matter--or else she'd be sitting with a yellow legal pad making the list of all the men she'd ever been to bed with, dividing them into three categories--"Slept" *beep* and "Cuddled." If she made a mistake on the last line and it looked messy, she'd tear it off and start all over. After an hour she'd come out of the bathroom and I'd say. gratuitously, "You didn't take a bath." "Yes. Yes I did."

I slept in the same bed as Taxi once. Someone was after her and she didn't want to sleep with him, so she crawled into bed in the next room with me. She fell asleep and I just couldn't stop looking at her, because I was so fascinated-but-horrified. Her hands kept crawling, they couldn't sleep, they couldn't stay still. She scratched herself constantly, digging her nails in and leaving marks. In three hours she woke up and said immediately that she hadn't been asleep.

Taxi drifted away from us after she started seeing a singer-musician who can only be described as The Definitive Pop Star-possibly of all time-who was then fast gaining recognition on both sides of the Atlantic as the thinking man's Elvis. I missed having her around, but I told myself that it was probably a good thing that he was taking care of her now, because maybe he knew how to do it better than we had.

Taxi died a few years ago in Hawaii where an important industrialist had taken her for a "rest." I hadn't seen her for years.


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Can someone please post (or provide a link) to Edie's horse sketches? Thanks!






Source: superstarediesedgwick

Sorry, I don't know how to post thumbnails.


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Welcome PinkGoddess! Thank you for posting those sketches! Some of those were so tiny in Girl On Fire so it's nice to see them large and notice all the details

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Thanks PinkGoddess for posting that chapter of the book. They summed up Edie's life pretty nicely in that chapter, it was fascinating and horrifying at the same time.

 
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No problem, babydoll

From Girl On Fire, I just edited out the watermarks:









From f uckyeahediesedgwick:


 
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does anyone know when the Girl on Fire movie is going to be released? i cant wait to see it, the clips ive seen were really nicely done.

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If anyone wants to know, here is what Madonna says about Edie in 'Truth Or Dare':

Warren [Beatty] told me that Edie Sedgwick, she wanted to meet him, so he said "OK" cause he was curious, as any red-blooded American male would have been. She came over and he said she had a completely see-through raincoat on and nothing on underneath it. Isn't that funny? He didn't f uck her. Isn't that unusual?

 
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Thanks PinkGoddess for posting that chapter of the book. They summed up Edie's life pretty nicely in that chapter, it was fascinating and horrifying at the same time.
You're welcome. That was Andy narrating, did you know? I think he altered minor facts like Edie going away to Hawaii and changing her name to "Taxi" because he had said previously that he was never really close to her, yet his account says otherwise.

 
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She was such a talented person.

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She had such a great look

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Am I the only one who doesn't think Edie's signature style is very flattering? She looked fabulous in it of course, but then she could have looked fabulous in a potato sack. Even a gorgeous girl like Sienna Miller looked awful and trashy in Edie costume.

 
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^I think it could only work in the time, esp in black & white photos. it didn't hurt that she just had one of those faces

 
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a gorgeous girl like Sienna Miller looked awful and trashy in Edie costume
i thought sienna was fabulous wearing that clothes

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I didn't mean clothes so much, but the hair and makeup (although I think Sienna looks better out of Edie clothing too). I suppose it does have a lot to do with beauty types as eli_marie pointed out. Sienna has a quieter, more refined beauty that needs to be brought out more delicately. Edie had full and prominent features that allowed her to wear the heaviest makeup without it overpowering her looks. I do think it also comes down to something intangible too, just the attitude and personality Edie possessed livened the most ordinary of clothing. Somehow she could turn anything, even just a bra and panties, into a costume of sorts.

 
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Hello. I'm (very) new here. This is my first post! It's so nice to see people really taking an interest in Edie's style. Because it was wonderful.

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