Friday, December 28, 2007

Fave Foto Friday (dying icon editon)

Peter Hujar's Candy Darling on her Deathbed (1974) is a haunting photo in so many ways. First, there is the obvious reason, next is the fact that Darling looks like she is merely just waking from an afternoon nap (were it not for the fact that she was in a hospital bed), that she is made up and her hair is done, as if maybe she knew that this was the final act in her wild Warhol life...

For those of you unaware of the facts: Candy Darling was born James Slattery and was unhappy with his life as a blue collar male, so he reinvented himself as Candy Darling, basing this persona on such Hollywood luminaries as Kim Novak and Joan Blondell.

Candy became a hit as one of the Warhol Superstars, and even went on to appear in some legitimate film work as well as stage work (appearing in several self penned pieces as well as work of others).

Darling never had surgery to completely become a woman, and after years of taking female hormones, he developed leukemia that took him at the age of 29.

Candy was also immortalized in Lou Reed's Walk on The Wild Side.

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