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Candy Darling

  • Birth 24 Nov 1944 Forest Hills, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Death 21 May 1974 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 7705081

Actor. He was born a boy named James Lawrence Slattery, in New York City, where he adapted a throwback look to Hollywood glamour queens. He then adopted the first name of Candy because of his "love for sweets" and the last name of Darling from a friend. In 1967 he met Andy Warhol at an after-hours club called "The Tenth of Always". Warhol knew almost immediately that he represented Hollywood fantasy, something most of the stars of the '60s didn't want to portray anymore, and cast him in his movies "Flesh" (1968) and "Women in Revolt" (1971). Tennessee Williams, (who later became one of candy's closest friends) cast him in the off-Broadway premiere of his play "Small Craft Warnings". He had the lead role of Nona Noonan in the Jackie Curtis play, "Glamour, Glory and Gold" with co-star Robert De Niro. He acted in two other Jackie Curtis plays, "Heaven Grand in Amber Orbit" in 1969 and "Vain Victory: The Vicissitudes of the Damned" in 1971. She had small parts in "Klute" with Jane Fonda and "Mortadella" with Sophia Loren. In 1971 he went to Vienna to do two films for director Werner Shroeter,"The Death of Maria Malibran" and another one that was never released. Candy Darling died of leukemia in 1974. The eulogy at his funeral was read by Julie Newmar. Julie said of him, "Well, Candy just worshipped and adored me and was so kind and marvelous that it was just a natural thing to have done. Candy was a genius...Hers was an extraordinarily high achievement...her skin was so flawless, her behavior not limpid but liquid, the movement of her hands exquisite". He has been immortalized in Lou Reed's songs "Candy Says" and "Walk on the Wild Side", and in 1996 was portrayed in the film "I Shot Andy Warhol" by actor Stephen Dorff. Though his family destroyed many of his papers after his death, two books of his writings were published posthumously: her diaries under the title "Candy Darling" in 1992 and then "My Face for the World to See: The Diaries, Letters, and Drawings of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar" in 1997.

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  • Originally Created by: Tanya Jackson
  • Added: 23 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7705081
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Candy Darling (24 Nov 1944–21 May 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7705081, citing Cherry Valley Cemetery, Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .