Happy Birthday Andy Warhol: 10 Glamorous Superstars From The Factory

Liz Doupnik
Happy Birthday Andy Warhol: 10 Glamorous Superstars From The Factory
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The world of fame has changed a lot since Andy Warhol coined the concept of “15 minutes of fame” — for one thing, his prediction seems to be coming true — but his social life, in particular, continues to fascinate. Surrounded by socialites, eccentrics, and fellow creatives at all times, Warhol established a kind of mecca for young artists (and hangers-on) to inspire one another and participate in his many ongoing projects spanning from painting to film.

Naturally, the most captivating characters continue to be the hand-selected group who made it to his inner circle. The superstars of his studio “The Factory” included icons like Nico from The Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwick, and more.

Today, as we celebrate what would have been Andy Warhol’s 84th birthday, we round up the best stars from The Factory who continued to spread creativity even after Andy’s fifteen minutes passed.

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Catapulting the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol's endorsed band flooded the scene and continues to be a major influence to musicians today. Plus, who could forget the German beauty, Nico?

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One of the biggest frenemy cases in history. Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol broke ground together as they conquered Manhattan. Unfortunately, this friendship went sour, way sour.

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Candy Darling: One of the most beautiful cross dressers, Candy came into the Factory and onto the silver screen with a vengeance, often accompanied by a then young Jackie Curtis.

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Originally Edie's counterpart, Chuck Wein became a film director in his own rite after working with Andy on multiple films.

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Andy's right hand man: Gerard Malanga. Not only did Gerard assist Andy on his silk screen paintings, he performed in his films and overall served as confidant and fixture in the Factory scene.

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Viva was a later superstar to join the Factory gang, but nonetheless acted in several of Andy's movies and was even on the phone with the artist when he was shot.

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Replacing Edie as the queen bee for a moment, Ingrid Superstar looked strangely a good bit like Edie without the American aristocracy tag.

Arguably best known for providing the Factory with 'party favors,' Ondine also acted in a slew of Warhol's silver screen wonders.

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A darker breed of the superstars, Mary Woronov often palled around with Ondine -- all can be read in her autobiography, Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory. (It's a great read, scoop it up!)

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One of Andy Warhol's longest lasting superstars, Brigid Berlin often recorded now infamous phone calls with Andy.

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