Monday, January 2

DEATH OBITUARY : Jean Stein, Biographer of Andy Warhol 'It Girl' Edie Sedgwick, Leaps to Death From NYC Building

Very sorry to learn that author Jean Stein took her own life on Sunday by leaping from a 15th-story window in Manhattan. Stein, who was 83, wrote these two estimable oral histories, which churned up amazing, dark stories about the rich and privileged while never ignoring her subjects' humanity. Stein understood the milieu: Her father Jules founded MCA.
You should find these works. You will not read them, you will devour them.

People are paying tributes on social media.

Aaron L. Williams There are two books that shaped my life and built my world view. Edie: An American Biography was the first. I read it when I was 14 and it set the wheels in motion for me. Over the years I have owned multiple copies of this book. Some were stolen from libraries in my youth, the rest were purchased new or used. I have one pristine copy for reading. The others were used for pictures to wallpaper my bedroom as a teenager. The style of using interviews with people who knew her and were part of her life was magical. It pulled you into her world and weaved you into the very fabric of her world. I really think that's why there are so many people who feel like Edie was actually part of their lives. Jean didn't just tell her story with a few interesting insights. She took us from Santa Monica to Cambridge to New York and back to Santa Monica And made us truly understand. 
Heartbreaking news. I hope she has found peace or comfort now.

Patrice Danton Looks like it's been passed around a bit...

Don Pinkston I remember when Warren Beatty was going to adapt this with Molly Ringwald as Sedgwick. Would have made an interesting movie.

Heather Harris Edie was a landmark of biography embracing the "Rashomon" concept: real life chronicles depend upon the chronicler...
Andrea Andee Nunn Oh my gosh, how horrible. She must've been in some kind of serious pain, probably something chronic. Sad and classic ending to the life of a gifted but tortured artist. 😔 RIP, Ms. Stein.💜

Grant Blaisdell Edie was an important book to me. And later to my daughter. It was the first 'oral history' I read. Im sure it was an influence to those that followed...please kill me etc

Steven Mirkin "Edie" is a brilliantly put together history. Although, when I reread it a few years ago, I was still impressed but found myself mentally "tsk-ing" at behavior I used to be thrilled about. "West of Eden" has been on my have-to-read list for a while.

Babette Annapurna Ory She met me when I was Little ,as my dad was on tour for MCA in 1956, and the riders were not honored in his contract by MCA &its reps

Jane Ayer I am very sorry to hear this. I did not know Jean, but I knew her father. My uncle and Jules booked bands in the 30's. After the war my uncle became an antiques dealer in London. He provided all the antiques (furniture and art) for Jules and Doris Stein in the black tower at Universal. Sad news.

Tom Alford 💙

Terry Moreland Henderson So sad. I've referred to her and Plimptons master work in my writing as well as Studs Terkel and my friend Melissa Fay Greene for book I'm currently working on about Hollywood clubs. I didn't know Jules was her father. That gave her quite an insight on that story, I'm sure.

Cindy Lee Berryhill I've read Edie, years ago it was the book that made me decide to go to Manhattan and find a life for myself there. Fabulous book about my favorite slightly androgynous Femme Fatale. Bummed and tragic to hear Stein took her own life even in her advanced years. Of course I wonder; dementia?

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