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27. Nippers in the Rodeo Mall; April 2, 1985
“Went to a big signing of Interviews . . . I sat upstairs and signed and signed. Some people brought old issues for me to sign . . . actually I think they were ruining them to have me sign them. And John Stockwell/Samuels was there looking really good . . . It was just mobbed with people. Lots of young kids, didn’t know many of them. Molly Ringwald came. Lots of champagne . . .
28. Plitt Theaters, March 1977
Andy Warhol’s Badis a special midnight event at Filmex. On this trip, reports Andy in his diary, Alana Hamilton takes him to Dani Janssen’s Academy Awards party in her Century City high-rise, where guests include Jack Haley Jr., Dick Sylbert, Valerie Perrine, Burgess Meredith, James Caan, Roman Polanski, Jackie Bisset, Lee Grant, Linda Evans and Michael Douglas with his bride, Diandra — which upsets his ex-girlfriend, Brenda Vaccaro.
29. Bel Air Hotel, 701 Stone Canyon Road; March 1985
30. The Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier; October 1963
Andy and Taylor Mead orchestrate a party here. Taylor knows a lot of people from his stint in the ’50s at the Pasadena Playhouse. Because Taylor is a vegetarian, they serve only cheese. Jack Larson remembers it was the wrap party for Tarzan and Jane Regained . . . Sort Of.
31. Ace Gallery, in Venice
February 1977: “Indians” (or “Indian,” as the only subject is Russell Means) opens. Andy signs anything put in front of him at this point of his career.
September 21, 1978: “Torsos” opens. Andy is there opening night, and is still signing away — if he’s busy, he might be less obliged to speak.
32. Robert’s, Venice; September 24, 1978
“We went to pick up Ursula Andress and when we got to Venice I was dragged through the crowd . . . Three thousand, five hundred people showed up [at Ace Gallery]. Then we got it all coordinated so that I got into my car real quick and was taken to the restaurant, Robert’s, where the party was. It was on the beach. A guy came over and said that he had the biggest cock in L.A., so I offered to sign it and Marisa [Berenson] got so excited that she leaned over to look at the cock and her hair caught fire in the flames of a candle.” From The Andy Warhol Diaries, p. 172
33. Getty Museum, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; September 21, 1978
“Went to Getty Museum. It was thrilling. A reproduction of a building they haven’t excavated yet in Italy — they know where it is but there’s another building on top of it. Bought a book on painting ($17).”
34. Malibu; August 16, 1985
Malibu is Andy’s final destination in Los Angeles. He comes out for Madonna and Sean Penn’s wedding, as the date of Martin Burgoyne, an ex-roommate of Madonna’s. (Andy wasn’t really invited.) “It was just the most exciting weekend of my life . . . It was the right mixture of nobodies and celebrities.”
THE HILLS & CANYONS
35. Topanga Canyon; October 1963
On his first trip to L.A., Andy attends the party of his friend, the Green Stamps heir Louis Beech Marvin III, who is in the process of building an enormous round house on his Moonfire Ranch.
36. The Castle, 2630 Glendower Ave., Los Feliz; May 1966
To accommodate a crew of 14 during the expected four-week “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” gig at the Trip, Andy rents the Castle for $500 a month from an eccentric land speculator who liked to reminisce about the afternoons at Googie’s when Jimmy Dean would spoon-feed him ice-cream sundaes. Directly across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, the Castle was previously rented by Bob Dylan, making it the only de rigueur spot for Nico. Jim Morrison is a frequent visitor.
37. Santa Monica Canyon; April 1967
When the Warhol contingent is in town for the opening of Chelsea Girls, writer Gavin Lambert, who met Andy through Tom Baker, Jim Morrison’s drinking buddy and newfound Warhol superstar (“I, A Man”), throws a raucous party for the Warhol contingent at his home in Santa Monica Canyon. He wants Andy to meet Tiny Tim, and Andy agrees if he can also meet Tuesday Weld.
Berry Berenson and Tony Perkins throw a party for Andy (they met when Berry did a Q&A with Tony for Interview). Tony cooks a dinner that features meat loaf, polenta and bread pudding.
May 12, 1970: Andy’s first American career retrospective opens, curated by John Coplans.
40. A-V-G, 9144 Deering Ave.; November 1981
Alvaro Villa creates a robot based on Andy. The robot has never been displayed anywhere; it’s been at Villa’s studio ever since, but last week the announcement was made that it had been sold to a private collector.
41. Disneyland; October 1963
Before leaving L.A. on this, his first trip, Andy makes sure to go to Disneyland.
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