Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar

Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar

by Candy Darling, James Rasin

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Overview

A look into what moved Andy Warhol’s greatest muse

Located at 33 Union Square West in the heart of New York City’s pulsing downtown scene, Andy Warhol’s Factory was an artistic anomaly. Not simply a painter’s studio, it was the center of Warhol’s assembly-line production of films, books, art, and the groundbreaking Interview magazine. Although Warhol’s first Factory on East 47th Street was known for its space-age silver interior, the Union Square Factory became the heart, brain, eyes, and soul of all things Warhol—and was, famously, the site of the assassination attempt that nearly took his life. It also produced a subculture of Factory denizens known as superstars, a collection of talented and ambitious misfits, the most glamorous and provocative of whom was the transgender pioneer Candy Darling.
 
Born James Slattery in Queens in 1944 and raised on Long Island, the author began developing a female identity as a young child. Carefully imitating the sirens of Hollywood’s golden age, young Jimmy had, by his early twenties, transformed into Candy, embodying the essence of silver-screen femininity, and in the process became her true self.
 
Warhol, who found the whole dizzying package irresistible, cast Candy in his films Flesh and Women in Revolt and turned her into the superstar she was born to be. In her writing, Darling provides an illuminating look at what it was like to be transgender at a time when the gay rights movement was coming into its own. Blessed with a candor, wit, and style that inspired not only Warhol, but Tennessee Williams, Lou Reed, and Robert Mapplethorpe, Darling made an indelible mark on American culture during one of its most revolutionary eras. These memoirs depict a talented and tragic heroine who was taken away from us far too soon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480407756
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 478,032
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

CANDY DARLING (1944–1974), born James Lawrence Slattery, was an iconic actress and performer known for her work in theater and film, including the Andy Warhol movies Flesh and Women in Revolt. The celebrated Warhol superstar also appeared in Klute and Lady Liberty alongside Jane Fonda and Sophia Loren, respectively.

Darling died of lymphoma at the age of twenty-nine. Her life is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Beautiful Darling, and she is now hailed as a trailblazer for transgender people.

JAMES RASIN is a New York–based writer and filmmaker. His feature-film directorial debut, Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar, was selected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center for inclusion in the 2010 New Directors/New Films program. The movie went on to screen at over thirty major festivals, winning Best Documentary at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival and Best Film at the 2010 Montenegro Film Festival. It has been shown at theaters and museums around the world.
CANDY DARLING (1944–1974), born James Lawrence Slattery, was an iconic actress
and performer known for her work in theater and film, including the Andy Warhol movies Flesh and Women in Revolt. The celebrated Warhol superstar also appeared in Klute and Lady Liberty alongside Jane Fonda and Sophia Loren, respectively.
Darling died of lymphoma at the age of twenty-nine. Her life is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Beautiful Darling, and she is now hailed as a trailblazer for transgender people.

JAMES RASIN is a New York–based writer and filmmaker. His feature-film directorial debut, Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar, was selected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center for inclusion in the 2010 New Directors/New Films program. The movie went on to screen at over thirty major festivals, winning Best Documentary at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival and Best Film at the 2010 Montenegro Film Festival. It has been shown at theaters and museums around the world.

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Candy Darling

Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar


By Candy Darling

OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA

Copyright © 1992 Estate of Candy Darling
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4804-0775-6



CHAPTER 1

CANDY DARLING


Your voice will thrill a nation

You'd be terrific at RKO Jane Russell would have to go.

A grief shared is half a grief A joy shared is twice a joy

One hopes that Carroll Baker is being well payed.

Barbara Stanwyck just gambled her whole place away to Ray Milland.

I try to get what I want whenever its possible.

I have always found that socially unacceptable people make the best lovers because they are more sensitive. Sandy spoke to me on the phone today and suggested a sex change.


TRICKY MOTHER NATURE

I can be happy and fullfilled I will never doubt it. I can not afford to. Each thought Each movement tuned to some great moving force.

They don't show love anymore in movies just sex and violence. A man and a woman are no longer idealized in pictures but they are shown as if a couple of dogs in heat.

What is it you wish? I desire believing.

Dear Kathy,

I was glad to hear from you. I was in Toronto, Canada, on a publicity tour with Andy. It was so exciting. Did you see my picture in Photoplay? What? You didn't know? Yes my dear your famous cousin has finally made page 5 of the January issue of our old bible. Remember how we used to pour over them fan magazines? Drooling over Liz and Kim— hating Debbie. Well now they can drool over me cause I'm famous and I'm beautiful! (In my 82 lbs. of makeup.)

I am so pissed. My manager called me tonight told me about this new show "Applause."

It's a musical version of "All About Eve" and it stars Lauren Bacall. Now my manager handles an actor named Tas Pengley. He's very handsome like Gregory Peck but he's a real conceited punk. He has an attitude like Laurence Harvey asking me personal questions and acting so superior and snotty. Well he has tickets for opening night. He was going to take Sandy but she can't go so she asked him to take me because its a very Big opening. Now this fuck won't because he's too afraid of his image to be seen in public with me. He's afraid of being read for being a fag—well I can get very evil. I'll just tell every one he's a fag. I can get very Joan Crawford about the whole thing. Any way I shouldn't be acting like this.

Another frig in my life. My date for New Year's Eve. Jim Hanafy. Get a load of this. New Year's Eve I went out with Jim, Geraldine and Leonard. When we were in the building where I live with my manager Sandy we asked the doorman to get us a cab. Now I can't tell him to give the doorman a tip can I? He never sees that doorman but I'm always making him get me cabs. So I gave Jim a dollar to give to the doorman cause he's the man. Well when we got in the cab he still didn't give the doorman the cab he stuffed it in his pocket. I said give me that dollar and rolled down in window and gave it to the doorman. I just got over a terrific cold. I got it when we went to Canada. I think it was pneumonia or pleurisy because I was taking everything and couldn't get rid of it. You see I went up to the frozen north in a micro-mini and a monkey fur jacket. Oh, and my other coat was a plastic trench coat. Bought one of those wet look coats it was $70. I hate it. When it's warm out the coat is warm when it's cold out the coat is cold. The monkey coat is glamourous but not warm. A friend of mine (Andrea Feldman) killed herself and she had a new black mink coat. I would like to buy it from the mother but I don't know her. I found this great makeup for the lips. Max Factor's "Germinesse" tawny tint and with it Max Factor's lip gloss in the compact but you need a lip brush.

Looper $2.98
Box 1328
FDR Station
New York, N.Y. 10022

As Life is action in passion

June Haver "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady"


Well thanks for the punch in the nose I'd like to give it right back to you but I don't think you could take it.

men of prayer

The Hydrophobia Hop is a dance where your dogs go wild.

He's got a lot of polish he sells it after the show.

Stage Struck Suzie
Miss Ted Marks
Frances Lee

Astrology in the Aquarian Age

the new practitioner

Always be good and care for others.

8 W. 62nd St.

1) Call Ronald to move your things.

2) Get pattern & material

3) Call Gail

504-523-0881 Channel 26 only underground radio station 100's of 1000's of kids listen to it and it will bring in another 15 thousand.

Dr. Berger 10 a.m.

I must do whatever furthers my career, I must take the steps necessary to further my ability to function on the highest level I can operate on. I operate better as a woman.

New book by Jackie Curtis "101 Tips on How to Look Cheap & Common." pray for God's guidance. 10 a.m. Dr. Berger

The children always referred to me as Marilyn Monroe or Greta Garbo.

Le Club E. 55
212 EL 5-5520
6:30

gut crunching

Oh Kathy dig this. I was in Max's Kansas City (the chic hang out for the jet set of the world) earlier. This girl I know came in and told me she found a diamond bracelet in Le Club before she came to Max's. She gave it to the owner and I when I heard this ran right to the phone and called "Le Club" and informed them that I left my diamond bracelet there. I grabbed Burt but by the time we got there the fuckin place was closed.

This is how I look now
Heather rouge from 5 & 10
Revlon natural wonder
lid shadows
cornflake brown enough
amber blonde
bottom lashes

Max Factor lip gloss
glows
glows
Aw Rite


Right now I'm on the Long Island R.R. on my way home. It is 5:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.

To Bill King

I'd go in a burning building for you. If you fell overboard I'd jump in.

1/19/70 Mon.

Be good, good, good, better, better, best, best, best you can be. Real, real, very real.

goodness sweetness simplicity all the things you are.

Zachary Scott and Sydney Greenstreet join Joan down the road of mystery murder & men.

Anna-Fanny-Nanna-Ann-Zanobia-Zanubia-Lenore-Delita-Empress-Abdulla Miranda Mirandelle-Chicquita

Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling
Candy Darling

I never had anything that made me this sick before Manhattans.

1—a beautiful big house in Long Island and one in California.

2—learn languages & sew

3—Cabin on Lake Winnepesaukee

Rug for my room—color T.V. fall—new clothes white backless shoes, hormone treatment electrolysis. dog—fur coat—car—new house

My goal is to be a beautiful woman, rich and married by 1971.

Sun., January 25, 1970

I used 1 oz. hair lightener 1 oz. Winterheat ½ oz. crm.

Dear Pat,

This is awful stationery to write on I know but I feel I better write when I'm in a writing mood. Thank you for your cards and letters. I've been abominable about keeping in touch.

I was very displeased about that picture of myself in Nova. It's a horror. Partly the makeup man's fault. Anyway I am also in the December Esquire p. 88 and the January Photoplay p. 5 and the Feb. Photoplay but no picture in that one.


I hope you and Julian enjoyed your cruise. I was in Toronto, Canada, for the opening of a theatre.

In your last letter you asked about Barbara Kravitsky. I received a phone call from her. She is living with her husband "Teddy" now in New Orleans. She is coming up to New York soon and said she will take me back with her for a little visit. Everyone's married and I plan to also. Yes Pat I have decided to be sex changed. I am too female to be half & half. There is a very good book on the subject written by Dr. Harry Benjamin "The Transsexual Phenomenon." I think you should read it Pat it would be fascinating to you both. Let me know what you think of this step I want to take.

You asked me about writing to Valerie Solanis. I think you should. I know she did a terrible thing but she has paid or is paying for it and she needs a friend. It is very thoughtful and kind of you and you should do it.

He comes home and she pretends she was just going out or just came in.

Oh boy can you tell me where my Johnny has gone
Is he huntin', Is he fishin', Is he swimmin'
Say lady can you tell me where my Johnny has gone
Is he gamblin', Is he drinkin' with da wommin'.
Oh Johnny Oh Johnny
Your lady grows cold
Her kisses she's waitin' ta give ya
Oh Johnny Oh Johnny
Your lady grows old
Oh Johnny Oh Johnny dear is dat you
Well how are you where were you not dat I care.


The only thing to do is make a remake of Myra.

Imitations of Barbra Streisand living in cheap flea bag hotel!

Do you think I like eat in bean soup and peanut butter for strength and protein instead of steak well I don't like it. Do you think I like this mop of goldish red hair instead of the darkest ash blonde with tan pearl streaks?Well I don't like it and I don't like wet cakes and day old bread either and I'm tired of going to beauty culture school for a permanent. I'm just tired Frank.

Take your head out of the washing machine mother or you may get a sock in the puss. Talk about inflation Do you know pumpernickle is now pumperdime? What a band The only time they finish together is when they're eating.

If you're driving, watch out for children, they're lousy drivers.

Myra watching Television in crummy room. Brigitte Bardot picture close ups of Bardot and close ups of Myra looking envious. Next scene Myra goes out to dept store done up as Bardot walks over to counter and asks man for sex? Before leaving store buys dynel fall doesn't have it put in bag just puts it right on. Should be done in Macy's.

Then imitating Barbra Streisand.

With high heeled boots, she whips the furniture with a belt.

While she's cooking, she's yelling I gotta get that bastard's money.

I gotta get money—


CUT

next scene—colored boy or girl friend named Platinum—She half runs half walks across the room and hits him with her coat screaming Shut Up.

for Rona Jaffe

You better act right cause I'm gonna be in around here and I play favorites Now sit in the corner and see if you can keep your bee-stung mouth shut. Ya little chatterbox two face—

She starts up

Take your nose job and get out. She leaves furious

MYRA I'm only kidding darling come back Rona. Myra is beating eggs for Rusty faster & faster as she looks at his crotch.

Candy Darling is the worst woman in world as MYRA

Oh you Beautiful Doll

A SLOB

available for filthying, dirtying, messing & lousing.

I want to be good just to be good.

When I went to the beauty shop Cinandre the other day I went into the room to change into a smock and forgot which side to wrap it to.

Dear Kathy,

Please tell me why you haven't written to me by now. I mailed you a letter some time ago and it is not like you not to write. Did you not get my letter? I would be absolutely sick over it so don't lie. I wrote all about my affair with Roger Vadim Jane Fonda's husband. I will die if you didn't get that letter. I was in Vogue March 1 and March 16.

How about my rehearsal
money?
I can't wait
till it's
released.

70 pay
-15
——
55
-20 electro
_____
35 DR. RICH
Mark Hicks 362-6818

where were you

him—out. her out where—him look just leave me alone—she slaps him they fight! he beats her she runs into bedroom falls on bed crying. After she's all cried out she very composed gets up slowly very dignified and walks calmly out of the room.

Today I met Tonight I met Laurie—transexual. She goes to Dr. Rich. He gave her the famous silicone bust which she claims is much softer than the implants but I forgot to ask her whether she was talking about the fat tissue implants which is done in Germany. She said she has a job as a barmaid but didn't say where. She said she makes $250.—a week. Also she said she is having the operation in 6 mos. Tiffany was there too who I thinks is really gorgeous. I still can not decide about the nose job. The sex change and everything else yes yes yes.

If I am going to be a woman I want the whole thing a home in the suberbs, a husband and strange as it may sound children.

I have just spoken to Taffy. She called me. I told her that I saw Anita Ekberg on television in a movie called "Screaming Mimi." I told her how beautiful and alluring Miss Ekburg was and perhaps that is what we want to be. Taffy said that she is in analysis and no longer thinks she is a woman and perhaps she should be a man. Bob (her lover) has already said he would accept her that way. She said it may take 3 years but it is better than what she has this way. She said the reason we are the way we are is that we did not have suitable male identities while we were growing up. And just because we did not have suitable identities is no reason for us to think we are women. Perhaps she is right. She says it is $30.—per visit and it would help. Maybe God is speaking to me through Taffy. I am going to go to the premier of Barbarella tonight. It will probably be just a meaningless bore. I hope if it is I can visit Carlos and get him to get me that coat!

I also spoke to Ron Link today (I called him) and he said to forget the play that it was not enough time.

I am right now on the train on my way to N.Y. to the premier of Barbarella. I will get to N.Y. Penn. Sta. in just enough time to take the subway downtown to the Garrick Theatre on Bleecker St. just in time for the end. Well may be there'll be a party afterward. My upper lip is all bumpy I hope no one notices it. I feel I am rather through with men. Love of God will replace love of men and actually I don't feel I need a man. I don't hate them or anything. I see men and sometimes I feel if I were to have a man I would like one like that. But I have no longings or crushes or anything. And yet maybe I'm always hoping.

Candy by Candy

I want a taste of life. My own little taste was on being mediocre unimportant and unsuccessful.

Learn to Sing

Let Someone in with deep love to give
When depressed—
Make yourself as pretty as possible.
1. Get hair done. No money? Do it yourself.—
Do whatever you feel given to do.

Clean:
visit Seymour

Wed.—got to see Andy Wed. night after getting the dress. if I can't get the dress until Wed. I'll go on Thurs. Go to doctor on Wed.

I want to get a suntan tomorrow invite Cherly over—go shopping.

Dec.

I just finished doing my hair. I bleached it this morning (again I didn't leave it on long enough and I used balsam and Roux white minx rinse. I'm going to let it dry partly and reapply it. Yesterday in the mail I received a letter and wind up toy from Kathy.

I think music can elevate the human spirit.

You're always apt to being the target of someone's bad joke. Or known to be unacceptable. Like you know you're never going to meet someone's mother.

help me to be less lonely.

Maureen O'Hara The Foxes of Harrow

He doesn't want to use her money. It didn't bother Jimmy to use my money. To sponge off me./who / In this movie Ernie Borgnine doesn't want to use Ann Baxter's $. It didn't bother Jimmy.

There exists a whole sub culture of people that are movie star oriented. There are many women who try to look like Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Veronica Lake, Jackie O.

Cocteau—The Telephone

Topper

Steven wake up. / Oh lovely let me sleep / Don't you want to see Mr. Garbage he's gorgeous. Hurry up Steven he looks like a young Burt Lancaster. There's something about a working man. Oh Steven he has muscles. / Are they looking up and whistling. /They saw me one told the other and then the other. / Are they carrying on and saying who's that gorgeous blonde? / They wouldn't waste their time on me. They know I'm not garbage.

You shouldn't look so disapproving Lavinia. It makes you look older and age will come soon enough to destroy that pretty face. A thing of beauty cannot remain so forever.

I was not always as you see me now there were kinder sweeter happier times.

I don't mind that little smile around a persons face when they talk about me. Look for meaning.

Sermonette


MY 1 YEAR PLAN

It matters not what men see. For they see but what is put in front of them.

I'm a thousnd different people—Every one is real.

The Moments
Love On a Two
Way Street

Mother,

Will you wake me up

before you leave?

I need time. I've got to figure out what I am.

Candy Darling Candy Darling Candy Darling

the manner in which you answer the question and not the specific answer

Broad road to destruction.
Do not allow the mind to be affected by the world.
Human nature motivated by sin.
Opposition to God is bound to be punished
Following Godly will cost you
1. Repent 2. have faith 3. Obey

minimum—maximum

annihilate the fables of mortals whose flimsy and gaudy pretensions, like silly moths, singe their own wings and fall into the dust.

Necromancy—motive what is the motive. The motive of the crime will be displayed in the court.

Jean Cocteau by Patricia Knapp The Ego has Two Heads


Dear Donald,

I regret to inform you that I have unwittingly been prodded into writing a paper to the benefit of your wife that she may benefit further from your pending divorce.

Please realize that I regret having done so most heartily. The paper that is written I am sure will have no credulance without my testimony which I do not intend to willingly give. If impelled to testify I can do no less than tell the truth which I am certain would damage Mrs. (Sandy) Amerling's case immeasurably. I do not quite appreciate the law which impels a man to be locked out of his own apartment which he has occupied and furnished before his wife.


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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Introduction by James Rasin
  • Candy Darling
    • Introduction
    • Editor’s Note
    • Candy Darling
  • My Face for the World to See
    • Candy Says
    • Foreword
    • Introduction
    • Candy Remembered
    • Editor’s Note
  • About the Authors

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