edith minturn



Edith Minturn “Edie” Sedgwick [20.04.43 - 16.11.71]

Andy said I should write a song about Edie Sedgwick. I said ‘Like what?’ and he said 'Oh, don’t you think she’s a femme fatale, Lou?’ So I wrote 'Femme Fatale’ and we gave it to Nico.” - Lou Reed

One person in the sixties fascinated me more than anybody I had ever known. And the fascination I experienced was probably very close to a certain kind of love. now. But her name is still going. It seems incredible, doesn’t it?” - Andy Warhol

She was a sweet simple girl. I don’t know the other sides of Edie. I know the sweet, wide-eyed, enthusiastic Edie.” - Betsey Johnson

She couldn’t really cope with the day-to-day reality, and she always needed to have friends who understood that. Edie provided the glamour, you see, and the glitter… when she walked into some place, the whole room turned. And if they didn’t, she’d do something in the next twenty second that would make them. She’d giggle or she’d dance and spin around.” - Chuck Wein

I want to reach people and express myself. You have to put up with the risk of being misunderstood if you are going to try to communicate. You have to put up with people projecting their own ideas, attitudes, misunderstanding you. But it’s worth being a public fool if that’s all you can be in order to communicate yourself.

Andy Warhol: I wonder if people are going to remember us?

Edie Sedgwick: What, when we’re dead?

Andy Warhol: Yeah.

Edie Sedgwick: Well I think people will talk about how you changed the world.

Andy Warhol: I wonder what they’ll say about you… in your obituary. I like that word.

Edie Sedgwick: Nothing nice, I don’t think.

Andy Warhol: No no, come on. They’d say, “Edith Minturn Sedgwick: beautiful artist and actress…

Edie Sedgwick: …and all around loon.

Andy Warhol: …Remembered for setting the world on fire…

Edie Sedgwick: …and escaping the clutches of her terrifying family…

Andy Warhol: …Made friends with eeeeverybody, and anybody…

Edie Sedgwick: …creating chaos and uproar wherever she went. Divorced as many times as she married, she leaves only good wishes behind.


Edie Sedgwick: That’s nice, isn’t it?

I think she had a naivete. That’s how she was able to dominate… because she had no self-judgment, except on this deep level. 
-L.M. Kit Carson

She was wonderful to watch… When she couldn’t think of anything else to do she danced. She would kind of dance across the room. She danced all the time.
-Fred Eberstadt

I think Edie was one of those personages. When you came in contact with her, you came away with a deep impression of her. And then she moved in circles where almost automatically with that impression came a story or some sort of an event or a happening. Everywhere she went things began to buzz and happen around her.
George Plimpton

She’s mischievous. Terribly mischievous. And she enjoys collaborating and colluding in this mischief, which is enchanting. So she’ll encourage you to join her in the mischief, and it’s cosmic mischief that is masquerading as dysfunction.
John Palmer

That was her charm, you see. That whenever she talked to you she could just, she put like an energy on you. She had this ability to make you feel like she’s showing herself or concentrating on you, that you’re the only thing that- she’s very interested in you. She just made you feel warm. So, there’s nothing you can do about it except respond. You never could go away from her. You didn’t want to leave first.
-Wesley Hayes 

Happy Birthday Edith Minturn Sedgwick (April 20, 1943-November 16, 1971)

Mrs. Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (Edith Minturn), 1898. Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855-1942). Oil on canvas.

Exquisitely dressed, Edith is seated with a small volume in hand-finger marking the place-just as if she might have been disturbed while reading and was determined to continue at the passage she had last left. This small detail gives some insight into the brilliant mind and the depth of the sitter. Edith would have been one of these women that subscribed to the adage- “Beauty is but skin deep.”


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