Sedgwick Family U.S. History
March 19, 2012 by staff
Sedgwick Family U.S. History, The Sedgwicks are an old society family. They figured prominently in Massachusetts and U.S. history. Among Edie’s ancestors were a major general of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century (Robert Sedgwick), the founder of Williams College (Ephraim Williams), a signer of the Declaration of Independence (William Ellery), and a judge and member of Congress (Theodore Sedgwick). Edie’s mother’s family, the Minturns, were no slouches either: her ancestors ran the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Dutch West India Company.
As a child and teen, Edie grew up on a ranch in California. She and her seven siblings did not have to go to school: their parents had a school built on the ranch and hired their own teachers. Although the ranches did well (and oil was found on the property), the family was cash-poor and the kids often were dressed in hand-me-downs.
Besides Edie, who else in the Sedgwick family suffered from mental illness?
All of these (her father, her brother Bobby, her brother Minty). Her father, Francis, suffered from manic depression and had at least two nervous breakdowns when she was growing up. In fact, her parents were warned by a doctor not to have children due to his mental illness. They ignored doctor’s orders and had 8 children, 3 of whom also suffered from mental illness. Two of her seven siblings, Bobby and Minty, also suffered from psychological illness. Both were in and out of psychiatric hospitals and died young. Edie herself was hospitalized for anorexia at age 19. She was in and out of psychiatric hospitals many times in her life and underwent shock treatment.
Edie Sedgwick was befriended by – and linked romantically to – which famous musician and counter-culture icon?
Bob Dylan. Edie moved to New York City in 1964. In December of that year, she met Bob Dylan, and his manager, Bobby Neuwirth, at a Greenwich Village bar called Kettle of Fish. She and Dylan hung out socially (and may have had an affair) until February 1966. Dylan was seeing Joan Baez and Sara Lownds during this period, so he was not exactly emotionally available for Edie. Her relationship with Dylan ended when Andy Warhol told her about Dylan’s secret marriage to Sara Lownds. The original pressing of Dylan’s 1966 album “Blonde on Blonde” had a photo of Edie in the inner sleeve. The songs “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”, “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” and “Like a Rolling Stone” are rumored to be about her.
In January 1965, Edie Sedgwick was introduced to pop-artist and avant-garde filmmaker Andy Warhol and his Factory crowd. She appeared in many of his films in 1965 and 1966. Which of the films below did she NOT appear in?
Bad. Edie appeared in several Warhol films during 1965 and 1966. Her first one was “Horse” where she had a small non-speaking role. Edie appeared in “B**ch” in 1965: a film with no dialogue. “Poor Little Rich Girl” was the first in a series of films that Warhol based on Edie’s socialite life. The others were “Restaurant”, “Face” and “Afternoon”. Edie does not appear in “Bad”. Andy Warhol’s “Bad” was shot several years later and starred Susan Tyrell.
In addition to appearing in films, Edie Sedgwick had a bit of a modeling career going. Which of the magazines below did she appear in?
Both. She did fashion spreads in designer clothes for “Vogue” (August 1965 and March 1666) and “Life” (September 1965). Andy Warhol was quoted in his book “POPism: The Warhol Sixties,” as saying: “Edie would be innovating her own look that Vogue, Life, and Time and all the other magazines would photograph – long, long earrings with dime store t-shirts over dancer’s tights with a white mink coat thrown over it all.” Unfortunately her modeling career never really took off due to her lack of motivation, her drug use, alcoholism and chronic depression.
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