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June 13, 2024

35 Fabulous Photos of Candy Darling, a Warhol Superstar

Born 1944 in Queens, New York City, American transgender actress Candy Darling saw Andy Warhol at The Tenth of Always in 1967, an after-hours club. Darling was with Jackie Curtis, who invited Warhol to a play that she had written and directed, called Glamour, Glory and Gold, starring Darling as “Nona Noonan” and a young Robert De Niro, who played six parts in the play.

Warhol cast Darling in a short comedic scene in Flesh (1968) with Jackie Curtis and Joe Dallesandro. After Flesh, Darling was cast in a central role in Women in Revolt (1971). Women in Revolt was first shown at the first Los Angeles Filmex as Sex. It was later shown as Andy Warhol’s Women.

Darling was also known as a muse of the Velvet Underground. She died of lymphoma in 1974, aged 29, at the Columbus Hospital division of the Cabrini Health Care Center. In a letter written on her deathbed and intended for her friends at the Factory, including Warhol, Darling wrote, “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.”

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see portraits of Candy Darling as a Warhol superstar.


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