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Edie Sedgwick was a socialite and model who became a muse to Andy Warhol in the 1960s.
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At the Factory, Edie reinvented herself, becoming a performance artist and Warhol's film muse. Together, Edie and Andy created 18 films, including the beginnings of a film with Bob Dylan and his friend Bob Neuwirth. During this time, Edie began a romantic relationship with Neuwirth, who she would later refer to as the love of her life. But she also had a brief flirtation with Dylan, who wrote several songs about the would-be star,
including "Just Like a Woman" and "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat."
By 1965, however, Warhol and Sedgwick's relationship had become strained. Edie had seen no financial remuneration from her work with Warhol, and asked Warhol to stop showing her films in public. Attempting to start a legitimate film career, she nearly signed with Dylan's manager, but then disappeared from the scene completely.
While rumors swirled about the real reason Sedgwick hid from the public eye, the general consensus was that she had completely succumbed to drugs. Sources debate the types of drugs, but many believe she was abusing prescription drugs, as well as heroin and speed. Her parents again attempted to admit her to a psychiatric ward after she burned her apartment down in 1966, but she was out again quickly. Neuwirth, unable to deal with Sedgwick's drug use, broke off the relationship in 1967.
Edie's father died of pancreatic cancer in 1967. In April of 1968, Edie nearly died of an overdose, but managed to survive the incident. She returned home in 1968 to stay with her mother, and began undergoing shock therapy later that year.
By 1971, Edie had begun toying with the idea of domestic life, and on June 24, 1971, was married to Michael Post, a fellow patient at Cottage Hospital, where she had been admitted when she returned to California in 1968. The couple tied the knot on the Sedgwick family ranch, Laguna.
Four months later, on November 16, 1971, Sedgwick died. She had suffocated in her sleep, facedown in her pillow, at the age of 28. Friends would later reveal that she suspected she was pregnant and, the night she died, had told Post that she planned to leave him. Even at the very end of her life, she had planned to make a big return to stardom. The chance never came.
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