A Big Happy birthday🎂🎉🎈🎁 to Warhol super🌟 and Actress Candy Darling who would’ve turned 73 today. After being diagnosed with cancer, resulting from the hormone injections of the time, she soon died at only 29 in 1974.
In a letter written on her deathbed and intended for Andy Warhol and his followers, Darling said, “Unfortunately before my death I had no desire left for life . . . I am just so bored by everything. You might say bored to death. Did you know I couldn’t last? I always knew it. I wish I could meet you all again.” Candy died young but had an ongoing cultural impact by inspiring songs by The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, The Kinks, and The Smiths.
In honor of the Candy's birthday, let’s take a look at four iconic moments from Candy Darling’s life.
1. Glamour, Glory and Gold (1967)
Jackie Curtis wrote the play at 19 and it premiered at New York’s Bastiano’s Cellar Studio on Waverly Place. Candy played Nona Noonan, the star and goddess of the show, which also featured a young Robert DeNiro playing six different parts. Darling and Warhol met that night for the first time immediately following the show at the club Salvation, then located at Sheridan Square.
2. "Candy Says" by The Velvet Underground (1968)
How can you not associate Candy with The Velvet Underground? She was the subject of the song “Candy Says” and a major influence for Lou Reed.
3. Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971)
Her first non-campy comedic role, Some of My Best Friends Are… takes place on Christmas Eve as a group of gay men and lesbians reminisce on their lives and relationships at Greenwich Village’s Blue Jay Bar following the Stonewall riots. Somehow, it’s not available on DVD, but you can watch it online on YouTube!
4. Andy Warhol and Paul Morrisey’s Women in Revolt (1971)
Apart from being one of the final films in which Warhol himself starred, Women in Revolt has a knockout performance by Candy Darling, playing a wealthy socialite. Also starring Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis, Revolt was a satirical response to the women’s liberation movement.
Thanks Candy for all the memories!
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