Almost immediately, Andy decided to put her in his movies. He also decided she was going to be really, really famous. And Edie took to him immediately. Why? Other than the fact that he was a famous artist and at the epicenter of a kind of nightlife?
Truman Capote once described Andy as someone who was “very, very good at getting other people to do things for him.” I suppose Edie and he had that in common.
People wanted to do things for him. It’s hard to say why – he wasn’t terribly witty or glamorous himself, he was the pockmarked son of a coal miner with a severe skin condition. But they did and, debatably, Andy really took advantage of that. I mean, it’s somewhat ridiculous that Truman Capote was judging Andy Warhol for that, but, unlike Truman, who also cozied up to all number of famous people, betrayed them, and died reciting Babe Paley’s name, Andy didn’t seem to particularly like any of his friends.
Though Andy did seem to feel something for Edie. Truman – Truman is always a player in these shelved dolls stories, I sometimes think he is their nucleus – anyhow, Truman said “Andy Warhol would like to have been Edie Sedgwick. He would like to have been a charming, well born debutante from Boston. He would like to have been anybody except Andy Warhol.”
Edie first appeared in his movie Horse, shortly after which Andy decided she was going to be the queen of the factory. He told his scriptwriter to write a script especially for her. “Something in a kitchen. White and clean and plastic.”
Maybe, considering Edie’s difficulties with food, that was a kind of cruel joke, or maybe Andy was trying to recontexualize kitchens for her in some beautiful gesture, or maybe he was just practically retarded himself. You never really know with Andy. Maybe he just loved things that were clean and white and plastic.
The result was Kitchen, after which she went on to star in Beauty no. 2. Her appearances in this films meant she was likened to Marilyn Monroe.
Her career took off.