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With "Factory Girl," the Edie Sedgwick biopic starring Sienna Miller slated for release in December and two new books out now, "Edie: Girl on Fire" by David Weisman and Melissa Painter and "Edie Factory Girl" by David Dalton and Nat Finkelstein, this infamous Warhol "superstar" and 1960s poster child for underground New York is having quite a renaissance at a time when "it" girls are a dime a dozen and everyone seemingly wants to be a superstar.
On Friday, November 17, Interview magazine and Gucci hosted an intimate soiree with Jane Holzer and Paz de la Huerta for "Edie: Girl on Fire" at the Rose Bar in Ian Schrager's Gramercy Park Hotel.
The elegant and refined setting served as a modern day version of Max's Kansas City, where the Warhol crowd held court and ruled nightlife in the late '60s and early '70s. Friday night's court was ruled by the Interview magazine crew, who were out in full force with authors Melissa Painter and David Weisman (who co-directed "Ciao! Manhattan"), along with Kate Bosworth, Helena Christensen, actress Vera Farmiga of "The Departed," James Gandolfini, Harvey Weinstein and Zac Posen among others to celebrate the book, published this month by Chronicle Books.
The book traces Edie's life via photographs – some of which are seen for the first time here - and anecdotes, starting from her college years in Cambridge through her first introduction to Warhol and the Factory scene to her last years in California, where she died in 1971 of a drug overdose at the age of 28.
A CD also accompanies the book, the "Ciao! Manhattan Tapes," containing her last-ever interviews. The result is a stunning and fascinating portrait of an often-misunderstood and, at times, romanticized figure whose complex and tragic life was glamorized by the public.
"What's interesting about Edie, is that there's real periods where the culture seems to be yearning for a figure like that," said Ingrid Sischy, editor-in-chief of Interview magazine. "Obviously Edie had great style, it wasn't packaged, it wasn't a formula, it was total personal self-invention, a real authentic soul. She was the real thing. I don't know if there is so much of the real thing around right now."
Zac Posen offered a different take on Edie, that rather than the woman herself being of importance, her popularity now relates to what she represents for the current zeitgeist.
"I don't think Edie Sedgwick's relevant now," said Posen, who did a photo shoot with Ingrid Sischy starring Paz de la Huerta for Interview three years ago. "I think that "it" girls and the idea of becoming famous and everybody's 20 minutes of fame right now is very prevalent. Andy [Warhol] created the superstar, and she was something that came out of that. The 'poor little rich girls' are any artist's fantasy."
Actress Paz de la Huerta, one of the evening's hosts, had a more personal reflection on Edie.
"I remember I read George Plimpton's book ["Edie: American Girl"] when I was 15 and I saw that my life could have gone in that direction," said de la Huerta. "So much of the earlier parts of her life connected to my life. I saw her more as a warning sign than a role model. Nobody should look up to somebody that killed themselves. But she was incredibly talented and she had a lot to say and I don't think anyone realized that she pretty much directed all of the Warhol films that she was in. There are tapes in the book that have evidence of that. I think that's what people will learn about her, that she wasn't famous for nothing."