Inside Out and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art present Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar
May 27, 2010 - May 27, 2010

Isabel Bader

Thursday May 27 | 5:00pm

Part of Andy Warhol’s entourage. Star of Paul Morrissey’s cult classic Women in Revolt. Championed by Tennessee Williams. The inspiration behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”.

Born James Slattery in 1944, Candy Darling was a trans superstar of the alt scene of the early 1970s. She arrived in New York City in 1965 when men could still be thrown in jail for wearing mascara, never mind a dress. Darling took advantage of the burgeoning art, club and gay scenes, shaping her look and refined aesthetic to match classic Hollywood actresses such as Kim Novak and Joan Bennett, even as she surfed couches and ate beans.

This affectionate documentary of Darling’s too-short life draws on archival footage, diary excerpts (read in the film by Boys Don’t Cry’s Chloe Sevigny) and audio interviews conducted immediately after her 1974 death. Although Darling manages to remain somewhat elusive – as she would have liked it – myriad interviews from John Waters, Fran Lebowitz, Penny Arcade and Holly Woodlawn are poignant and entertaining. There’s a second life story here, too – that of Jeremiah Newton, the man who fell under Darling’s spell at the age of 15 and lived happily in her shadow even as other friendships fell aside.