Famous for 15 Minutes - My Years with Andy Warhol

By: VIOLET, Ultra

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Famous for 15 Minutes - My Years with Andy Warhol by VIOLET, Ultra
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New York: Harcourt Brace, 1988. Publishers original purple boards with reverse red foil lettering to blue cloth spine. Light shelf wear and sunning to edges of boards. Dustwrapper: unclipped, now protected in Brodart. Dark blue endpapers, no inscriptions. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on half title page in purple ink. 274pp. plus 32pp b/w photographs, pages clean and bright in firm binding. A shy, bald, myopic, gay albino from an ethnic Pittsburgh suburb and a beautiful, convent-educated heiress from France: This is the story of Andy Warhol and 'the girl in Andy's soup,' Isabelle Collin Dufresne, a.k.a. Ultra Violet. After being expelled from her French convent and unreformed by reform school, Isabelle Dufresne moved to New York. The young raven-haired beauty took the social world by storm. She drank sterilized water with Howard Hughes, caught the eye of Richard Nixon, and basked in the company of Man Ray, de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, and Salvador Dali. It was Dali, her companion of five years, who introduced her to Andy Warhol in 1963. 'Leave Dali', said Andy, 'he's too old'. Soon thereafter Isabelle metamorphosed into Ultra Violet, becoming an intimate of Warhol's underground scene - the Factory, where parties, drugs, orgies and filmmaking went on twenty-four hours a day. Ultra Violet describes the Factory in riveting detail: its glittering visitors, like Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Rudolf Nureyev, Mia Farrow, and John Lennon, and its 'regulars', which included Edie Sedgwick, Viva Brigid Berlin, Lou Reed, and the 'transvestite trio' - Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, and Holly Woodlawn. In 1968, Valerie Solanas, originator and sole member of SCUM, shot Warhol. When he emerged two months later from the hospital, his values and allegiances had shifted. Set in the dervish years of the sixties and seventies, Ultra Violet's book takes a close and provocative look at the culture of an entire era. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fine/Very Good/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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