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Re-created by Warhol Factory secretary, West Coast editor of Interview and major studio executive Susan Pile
All quotations are from The Andy Warhol Diariesunless otherwise noted.
1. Musso & Frank, 6667 Hollywood Blvd.; October 1963
2. Columbia Studios (now Gower Studios), 1438 N. Gower St.; spring 1969
Producer Gerald Ayres, motivated in part by the studio’s unexpected box-office success with Easy Rider and the resultant craze for offbeat, youth-oriented films, meets with Andy and Paul Morrissey at Columbia Studios to discuss the possibility of turning John Hallowell’s book The Truth Game into an “independent” feature. This is Andy’s first trip to L.A. since being shot by Valerie Solanas in June 1968.
3. Grauman’s Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd.; November 1971
The gala premiere screening of The Last Picture Show is held at Grauman’s; following that, guests walk across the street to the Roosevelt for a party that marks the opening of the debut of Filmex (Los Angeles International Film Exposition). Andy, Paul Morrissey and Candy Darling are guests, as their film, Women in Revolt, is one of the expo’s first midnight presentations.
4. Directors Guild Theater, 7950 Sunset Blvd.; November 1972
Andy and his entourage attend the premiere of Heat. Rona Barrett interviews arrivals, who are a surreal mix of superstars and old movie and TV stars on the client list of the PR firm that handled the opening: Lorne Greene, Jack Nicholson, Ann Miller, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Patricia Medina, columnist Dorothy Manners and Rodney Bingenheimer.
5. Pickwick Books (now a Starbucks and merchant stalls on Hollywood Boulevard); September 1975
Although he is not able to sit in the display window as he wanted, Andy signs copies of his new book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol From A to B and Back Again, for any and all comers.
6. Universal Amphitheater; September 21, 1978
“I went with Sue Mengers . . . her attitude is so cheap. There was no dinner, so she suggested that we stop at Burger King on the way to Diana Ross. It was so abstract, you talk into a machine. She ordered a double Whopper but then she worried that maybe two separate hamburgers would have been cheaper . . . I got myself really drunk drinking straight Stolichnaya . . . Then Diana Ross came out looking really lovely . . . We were sitting in the seventh row. A plane went over with lights on it that said, ‘Welcome to my show.’”
7. Melrose Ave.; January 5, 1985
Andy shops Melrose.
8. Samuel Goldwyn Studios(now the Lot), 1041 N. Formosa Ave.; January 1985
While on the lot for Love Boat meetings at Aaron Spelling Productions, Andy runs into director Curtis Harrington on the set of Dynasty. They first met 22 years earlier in the days of the Elvis and Liz show at Ferus, when Curtis was making movies for Roger Corman.
9. L.A. Eyeworks,7407 Melrose Ave.; March 30, 1985
Andy is photographed by Greg Gorman for an L.A. Eyeworks ad. (Gorman’s photos from that shoot are in Fahey/Klein’s current “I Shot Andy Warhol” show.) A few days later, Andy goes to L.A. Eyeworks to pick out more glasses.
10. Cinema Theater (the now-defunct former underground/semiporn/indie house), Western Avenue just north of Sunset on the east side of the street; April 1967
11. Susan Tyrrell House, 654 S. Rimpau Blvd.; March 26, 1977
“Went to Susan Tyrrell’s party [orchestrated for the premiere of Andy Warhol’s Bad, which screened simultaneously at Filmex in Century City], it was really great. Tatum was there, and her little brother, and Ryan’s brother Kevin O’Neal, and Chu Chu Malave, the boxer, and Tim Curry from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Garfunkel . . . Barry Diller, Buck Henry who really loves Bad, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fred Williamson, Ronee Blakley . . . Sally Kirkland . . . Paul Morrissey, Thelma Houston, Ed Begley Jr., Martin Mull . . . 200 people like that . . . Ron Galella was taking pictures.”
“Went to Spago for dinner. Gene Kelly was there with his son [Tim], and his son said he’d see us later at Brad Branson’s party (dinner $300). So after dinner we went to Crenshaw Avenue way in the black area of L.A., where Brad Branson who does photographs for Interviewwas giving his second weekly party [in his studio] . . . he had all the cute kids there . . . and some people said that Madonna had been there right before we got there. Fred was with Rupert Everett . . . And all these kids were coming over to me, and it was fun.”
13. Ferus Gallery, 736-A N. La Cienega Blvd.; 1962, 1963, 1966.
July 1962: “Campbell’s Soup Cans” is Andy’s first solo show anywhere. He stays in New York. Gallery owner Irving Blum makes a package deal for all 34 of the soup cans (priced at $100 apiece). In September 1963, Andy drives across country with Gerard Malanga, Taylor Mead and Wynn Chamberlain for his second solo show, “Elvis and Liz.” This show is a bust; canvases do not move at $1,000 per. In May 1966, to coincide with the “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” show, Andy exhibits “Silver Pillows,” a conceptual triumph but a commercial disaster, especially when the Mylar poofs begin sinking to the floor.
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