Edie Sedgwick: The life and death of the Sixties star

1960s: Days of Rage


Factory Girl Edie Sedgwick Painting, Dane Shue

“‘Her fog, her amphetamine, and her pearls…’ With three nouns, in ‘Just Like a Woman’ (said to have been inspired by her), Bob Dylan deftly summed up his friend Edie Sedgwick, the wayward princess of Andy Warhol’s multimedia Factory. More than 30 years after her short, tumultuous life ended, Edie is still causing ructions. Last month, Dylan threatened to sue the makers of Factory Girl, a movie starring Sienna Miller as Edie, claiming that he is defamed by Hayden Christensen’s portrayal of a singer whose rejection drives her to suicide. This week, Edie’s brother claimed that despite Dylan’s insistence that he and Edie never had a relationship, she became pregnant with his child and had an abortion. The producers describe the harmonica-playing character (named ‘Quinn’ in the press notes, but never called by name in the movie and identified only as “musician” in…

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