Edie Sedgwick Biography, Facts, Childhood, Family, Life, Wiki, Age, Work

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  • Birthday: April 20, 1943
  • Died At Age: 28
  • Sun Sign: Taurus
  • Also Known As: Edith Minturn Sedgwick, Edith Minturn
  • Born in the city of New York City
  • Famous as: Actress, Model
  • Height: 1.63 m
  • Spouse/Ex-: Michael Post
  • Father the father of Francis Minturn Sedgwick
  • mother: Alice Delano de Forest
  • siblings: Alice Sedgwick, Francis Sedgwick, Robert Sedgwick
  • Died on: November 16, 1971
  • the place of death: Santa Barbara
  • Ancestry: British Americans, French Americans
  • Cause of Death: Drug Overdose
  • City: New York City
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers
  • education The Branson School Branson School

Who was Edie Sedgwick?

Edie Sedgwick, born in 1932 was an American fashion model and actress who was most well-known for her frequent appearances in the Andy Warhol films. In the heyday of her career she was regarded as the one of the “superstars of Andy Warhol.” In 1965, she was able to be referred to for her role as “The Girl of the Year,” due to her appearances in several of Warhol’s short films. The daughter of a wealthy family in California and was part of an extremely wealthy and prestigious group of musicians. She was among the eight children of the family, yet despite their wealth hers was a distinctly difficult childhood. In addition to being afflicted by eating disorders severe in her youth and being often abused by her father being a deluded narcissist as well as an artist who was emotionally distant. Edie acquired a few of her own inner demons in her parents. This was apparent when she died at just 28 after suffering from mental health issues for many years. Although she had a keen interest in getting into the mainstream of acting, Edie never quite managed to begin one. Her reputation was often criticized for her attire, life style, and drug use. Yet, she remains an iconic character within the American underground short-film industry, because of her appearances in many Andy Warhol artworks.

Childhood & Early Life

Edie Sedgwick was born April 20th, 1943 at Santa Barbara, California, US. The seventh daughter of the couple Francis Minturn Sedgwick Alice Delano de Forest. The father of her was renowned producer and sculptor. Edie was one of eight children of the family, and it was extremely dysfunctional. The family was impacted through her dad’s frequent episodes depression and narcissism, which was evident in his habit of physically abuse his children.

They were reared by ranches of the family situated in California which were mainly cared for by Nannies. They were not allowed be with others, and were often told not to interact with anyone else in the school. Everything they did was governed by their parents which led to an antisocial mentality among youngsters. Edie was a victim of a variety of mental illnesses as well, due to the pressure she endured during her childhood.

Edie was suffering from an eating disorder. This caused an uncontrolled cycle of binge eating , followed by the habit of purging. She was admitted to an boarding school located in San Francisco, at the age 13. In the following years her eating disorder got worse and caused her father to take her to her home. She was later kept in the house and was subjected to a lot of physical abuse from her father. One time, after she come across her father having sexual relations with his girlfriend she had been slapped by him Edie and forced her to be tranquilized, which further aggravated Edie’s mental state.

In the mid 50s she was enrolled at the ‘St. Timothy’s School located in Maryland however, she quickly was able to leave due to her eating disorder which was then getting worse to anorexia.

A Troubled Young Woman

Edie Sedgwick’s mental well-being was a source of worry for her family and friends. Sedgwick was diagnosed as an adult with mental disorders that were more severe than her eating problems. When she was in the cold winter months of 1962 she went to Silver Hill Hospital, an institution for mental health located in Connecticut. While at the Hospital, Edie shed a significant amount of weight. She also manipulating staff members to become gentle with her.

Then she was sent to the New York Hospital’, and her condition was finally improving. She increased her weight and turned into an attractive young woman. At the same time she was in love with the love of a Harvard student and became pregnant. But, she ultimately opted for an abortion in part due to mental health concerns.

The year 1963 was when she relocated to Cambridge and began studying sculpturing with her cousin. Her cousin later said that Edie was extremely anxious and susceptible to depression and low in confidence in herself. The men she adored were numerous however, Edie continued to be unsecure. But what further damaged her mental state was the death of two brothers, who both were suicide victims


In Cambridge, Edie turned 21 and was presented with a check of US$80,000 in cash from her maternal grandmother. The money was used to begin a new career with her family in New York. The years of taking prescription medications made her dependent on these drugs. Furthermore, her acquaintances in Cambridge have introduced her LSD. They also strongly argued for the spiritual benefits of LSD.

As she was trying to be an actress and model she came across short film director Andy Warhol in 1965, through common acquaintances. Andy was immediately enthralled by her beauty as well as her “weirdness” and invited her to visit his studio, that was referred to by the name of “The Factory.” During one of her visits to his studio, Andy worked on his film , ‘Vinyl In which Andy granted Edie an unimportant role despite the film having an all-male ensemble at the beginning.

Then he incorporated Edie in a second short film named “Horse.’ Andy felt Edie had a charismatic charm that could be used in films. The film ‘Horse’ was followed up by two short films: ‘Poor Little Rich Girl and “Kitchen. The majority of Andy Warhol’s works were not commercially or critically recognized and were thought as art-house underground movies. But this underground scene was able to exert a substantial impact on the mainstream press and Edie quickly became a subject of fascination.

Many articles on her in the top papers and various news publications, criticized her her choice of films as well as her unorthodox fashion style. Edie as well as Andy were soon reported to be together and were frequently seen in public.

Some other films Andy and Edie collaborated on included ‘Prison “Lupe,” “Outer and Inner Space,’ and the ‘Chelsea Girl. Then the friendship between the two deteriorated. Their final film together was The Andy Warhol Story which was made in the year 1966.

After her breakup following her split with Andy Warhol, Edie became close to Bob Dylan and signed a agreement with his manager Albert Grossman. Edie had developed a fervent love for Bob Dylan and hoped to be a part of a mainstream movie with him in the near future. But, Bob had no such plans. Bob was not interested romantically in Edie neither was he.

After a few attempts at getting into acting her career, she was met with disappointment from every angle. In the beginning of 1967, she was finally given the chance to be a part of an unreleased feature calledcalled “Ciao! Manhattan. The film was in the middle of filming, her apartment caught fire and she suffered severe burns. In the meantime, she’d been addicted to barbiturates and this led the producers to take the decision to end filming.

Then, in the late 60s Edie was admitted to hospital for the second time in the late 60s and admitted to the mental Ward. In 1970, she was released however she was placed under the care by psychiatrist. She was devastated by the fate that befell her first feature film and demanded that the filmmakers begin filming again. The tapes she recorded were about her life. The film was released in 1972.

Personal Life & Death

Edie Sedgwick was involved in a variety of relationships, but the majority were in deep trouble. After her breakup her with Andy Warhol, she had an intensive relationship with Bob Dylan’s close friend Bob Neuwirth in 1966. It was a sour relationship right from the beginning because Neuwirth did not like her addiction to drugs and this caused him to eventually break off with her.

Edie then married Michael Post in 1971. Michael was a patient who she met at the ‘Cottage Hospital.’

Sedgwick was discovered dead on the 16th of November in 1972. On the night before she was drunk and also consumed barbiturates. This caused a fatal death from lethal intoxication.

Edie Sedgwick was uneasy, yet gorgeous woman throughout her entire life. But, she eventually surrendered to her inner monsters. She was praised in the music of Bob Dylan in his songs “Just Like a Woman” and ‘Like a Stone’. She also been the inspiration behind a variety of other songs, as well as several films.

Edie Sedgwick
Edie Sedgwick
Edie Sedgwick