Mary Woronov


"She was so beautiful, we all loved her and wanted her to stay," said Billy Name about Mary Woronov. In 1964, having completed her formal study of art at Cornell University, Woronov was attracted to the freedom around Andy. As a Warhol Superstar, she was featured in his films, Shower (1966) and Milk (1966) among others, and posed for his photos. 

In the mid 1960s Woronov toured as a go-go dancer with Gerard Melanga for the Velvet Underground, eventually becoming an important part of Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable. "Mary was someone I invented," said Melanga, "put a whip in her hand and spread her name around and made her a star."

At the end of the 1960s, Woronov parted with the wild lifestyle and New York and moved to L.A., to extend her painting and acting career. First disappointed by the West Coast, Woronov later said "Los Angeles is the only muse I have ever taken seriously, and she is the subject of my art."

As the title of Woronov's recent biography Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory might suggest, she seemed to have experienced the Warhol years as a time of vague freedom, a diving journey that shaped her way as an actor, painter and writer.

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