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Hollywood's Eve : Eve Babitz and the secret history of L.A.

Author: Lili Anolik
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world--a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of L.A. The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Eve Babitz
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lili Anolik
ISBN: 9781501125799 1501125796
OCLC Number: 1057240688
Notes: "Written by one of Vanity Fair's rising stars, Hollywood's Eve is a pulp propulsive account of the birth, adolescence, and adulthood of 20th-century Hollywood through the vivid and unashamed life of Los Angeles-born glamour girl, bohemian, artist, muse, sensualist, wit and pioneering writer Eve Babitz"--Provided by publisher.
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: A Note, Slipped to the Reader; C'est Sheik; Marilyn Est Morte!; "What Are Tits For?"; Lucky Little Lady from the City of Lights; Who's Afraid of Earl McGrath?; Out of the Blue; Blue Streak; Bluer Streak; Eve, Present Day; Novel Est Morte!; Or Was It the Coke?; The Little Sister; To Eve-with Love and Squalor (Also, Squalid Overboogie), Part I; The Keyhole, an Interlude; To Eve-with Love and Squalor (Also, Squalid Overboogie), Part II; Epilogue, or the Four Faces of Eve.
Responsibility: Lili Anolik.

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"Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world--a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of L.A. The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety. There were the album covers she designed: for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds, to name but a few. There were the men she seduced: Jim Morrison, Ed Ruscha, Harrison Ford, to name but a very few. Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered--as a writer--by Joan Didion. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals. Under-known and under-read during her career, she's since experienced a breakthrough. Now in her mid-seventies, she's on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential--as *the* essential--L.A. writer. Her prose achieves that American ideal: art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so sheerly enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment. For Babitz, life was slow days, fast company until a freak fire in the 90s turned her into a recluse, living in a condo in West Hollywood, where Lili Anolik tracked her down in 2012. Anolik's elegant and provocative new book is equal parts biography and detective story. It is also on dangerously intimate terms with its subject: artist, writer, muse, and one-woman zeitgeist, Eve Babitz."--Jacket.

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