Actress. Edie was a socialite who starred in many of Andy Warhol's short films in the 1960s. Edith Minturn Sedgwick was born in Santa Barbara, California into an illustrious and historical American family. One of her paternal great-great-great grandfathers, William Ellery, was a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Another, Judge Theodore Sedgwick, was the fifth Speaker of the House of Representatives. Edie grew up on several different ranches in California in virtual isolation. Her father, Francis, was mentally and at times, physically abusive to Edie and her seven siblings. In the fall of 1962, Edie was institutionalized for anorexia. This would be the first of many hospitalizations she would endure throughout her short life. In 1963, at age 21, Edie was released from the hospital and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where she attended Harvard Art School. During this time, she became a social butterfly of sorts and became quite notorious as a party girl. By 1964, Edie decided to leave college for New York City to pursue modeling. She quickly began making the social rounds and met artist Andy Warhol. Edie began making films with Andy and hanging out at his infamous Factory. In 1965, Edie's popularity had grown and she was dubbed a "Superstar" by Warhol and the "Girl Of '65" by newspapers. Her iconic look of silver sprayed short hair, heavy black eye makeup and black tights made her a darling of the fashion world. Her public antics angered her conservative parents and they soon cut off her allowance. Edie continued to make films with Warhol but became disillusioned and angry over not being paid for her work. Edie started using drugs and became difficult to work with. In early 1966, Edie's relationship with Warhol had deteriorated and she left the Factory for good. Her drug use increased and she was in and out of hospitals for depression and drug abuse. In 1968, Edie left New York City for Santa Barbara where she would again be hospitalized for drug use and depression. She would eventually receive over 20 shock treatments and continued to struggle with mental illness and drug abuse. During one of her many hospitalizations, she met her future husband, Michael Post. Edie and Michael were married in July of 1971 on the ranch she grew up on. By most accounts, Edie was attempting to get her life back on track. She had completed what she hoped to be her comeback film, the non Warholian 'Ciao! Manhattan' and had high hopes for the film and her future despite her continued reliance on prescription drugs. On the morning of November 16, 1971, her husband awoke to find Edie lying next to him, dead of a prescription drug overdose. Her death is listed as Accident/Suicide. She was 28 years old.
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