Edie Sedgwick

Born April 20, 1943, Sedgwick died November 16, 1971 at just 28.

Her short, spectacular life included becoming a famed It Girl of Manhattan nightlife as she collaborated with Andy Warhol and quickly became known as one of the most influential fashion figures of the 1960s. (Vogue cited her as the “poster girl” for a recent fashion trend just last year.)

She split off from Warhol to begin an independent movie career that resulted in one cult classic: Ciao Manhattan (above), a sad, astonishing time capsule of what might have been. It was released after she died by what her death certificate lists as “probable acute barbiturate intoxication” due to ethanol intoxication — meaning she died of both barbiturates and alcohol.

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