Andrea Feldman

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Andrea Feldman (also known as Andrea ‘Whips’ Feldman) (19488 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 performed her famous whip-dance.

In August of 1972, Andrea summoned several ex-boyfriends, including poet Jim Carroll, to the New York City apartment 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 and 12th Street.

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.

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Reviews

The most striking performance - in large part non-performance - comes from the late Andrea Feldman as the flat-voiced, freaked-out daughter, a mass of psychotic confusion, infantile and heart-breaking. (New York Magazine)

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