Wednesday, February 10, 2010
People I Like...Andrea ‘Whips’ Feldman
Andrea Feldman (also known as Andrea ‘Whips' Feldman) (1948- 8 August 1972) was an actor and Warhol superstar. A native New Yorker, she starred in several of Warhol's underground movies before committing suicide in 1972. Feldman was heavily involved in the Exploding Plastic Inevitable shows curated by Andy Warhol at which she would perform her famous whip-dance. In August of 1972, Andrea summoned several ex-boyfriends, including poet Jim Carroll, to the home of her parents so that they would be witness to her 'final starring role'; her suicide. Feldman was holding a can of Coke in one hand and a rosary in the other when she jumped from the fourteenth floor of 51 Fifth Avenue & 12th St, NYC. Urban legend often mis-attributes the location of Feldman's suicide to the Hotel Chelsea. Feldman's suicide preceded the release of Heat, in which she had a significant role, by only three weeks. She was noted for her exhibitionist nature and heavy dependence on drugs, particularly amphetamines.