Brigid Berlin aka Brigid Polk is dead. As the “New York Times” reports, the artist and actress died on Friday at the age of 80 in New York. According to the newspaper, Berlin had been suffering from health problems for several years, which is why she spent much of that time in bed. A pulmonary embolism is said to have led to cardiac arrest, according to a friend of the actress.
In its obituary, the “New York Times” describes Berlin as both physically and personally “oversized”, as a person “who alternately terrorized and delighted people”.
Richard E. Berlin, the father of Brigid Berlin, was president of the Hearst media group: So, born in 1939, she came into contact with many politicians and celebrities as a child. She became known primarily as part of an artist community around Andy Warhol, whom she had met in 1964. Berlin starred in Warhol films such as “Chelsea Girls” and “Bad” and also looked after its magazine “Interview” for many years. Berlin is considered an important confidante, but also a source of inspiration for Andy Warhol.
Berlin was notorious in its younger years for its close relationship with amphetamines. Her body often played a role in her appearances and her art, weight loss and gain as well as dealing with it shaped her life. Typical for Berlin were her Polaroid photos, which were published as a book in 2015 under the title “Brigid Berlin Polaroids”. In 1970 Berlin recorded a live performance by The Velvet Underground, which was later published as “Live At Max’s Kansas City”. It was the group’s last concert with Lou Reed as band leader.
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