In 1966, after leaving Andy Warhol’s Factory, on a professional level, Edie Sedgwick signed with Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman. The plan was to turn Edie into a serious Hollywood actress, and her first project was to star alongside Bob Dylan in a film that never came to fruition. During this time it was rumored she was involved with Dylan and she was the driving force being the music of his 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde. She is said to have inspired numerous Dylan songs, including Just Like a Woman and Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. Despite remembering her “hanging around,” Dylan later denied any involvement with Edie.
After Grossman’s plan failed, Edie’s drug addiction caused her to have several stays in mental and health facilities until her death in 1971 at the age of 28.
Michael Gray of The Bob Dylan Encylcopedia says, “there’s no doubt that the ghost of Edie Sedgwick hangs around Blonde on Blonde.”
Edie Sedgwick photographed by Jerry Schatzberg, 1966
Marilyn Monroe died on this day in 1962. Her image lives on in Andy Warhol’s work, from the iconic 1962 painting Gold Marilyn Monroe to these 1967 screen prints. Gold Marilyn Monroe and the portfolio of prints are on view now in the exhibition Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967.