Candy Darling

Candy Darling was one of Andy Warhol’s media creations. Born James Lawrence Slattery, she crossdressed as a child and teenager, and eventually transitioned socially and became Candy Darling (she never had SRS). She appeared in 9 films, none of them popular but some of them critically acclaimed, and was otherwise a very minor celebrity.

I have some miscellaneous photographs of Candy below, and a special one at the end.

Undated

Candy Darling

1969

Here are two photos of Candy Darling and Andy Warhol at the premiere of “Midnight Cowboy,” at the Manhattan Theatre in 1969.

Candy Darling and Andy Warhol, Manhattan Theatre, 1969 (Click this photograph for a full-sized version)

Candy Darling and Andy Warhol, Manhattan Theatre, 1969

Two photos of Candy Darling and Andy Warhol by Cecil Beaton

Candy Darling and Andy Warhol


Candy Darling and Andy Warhol (Click this photograph for a full-sized version)

Candy Darling and Jane Fonda, 1969.
Candy Darling and Jane Fonda

1970

Three photos by Fred Hughes.

Candy Darling by Fred Hughes 1970

Candy Darling by Fred Hughes 1970
Candy Darling by Fred Hughes 1970

Candy by Peter Beard, Circa 1970.
Candy Darling

Candy Darling by Andy Warhol
Candy Darling by Andy Warhol

Two photos of Candy by Anton Perich
Candy Darling by Anton Perich

Candy Darling by Anton Perich

1971

Four photographs in a series by Cecil Beaton
Candy Darling by Cecil Beaton

Candy Darling by Cecil Beaton

Candy Darling by Cecil Beaton

Candy Darling by Cecil Beaton

Here is a still of Candy from the Andy Warhol film Women in Revolt (1971), directed by Paul Morrissey. The film, like many Warhol pictures, is somewhat dreadful, and was meant to be a parody or satirization of the Women’s Liberation movement.

Candy Darling from Women in Revolt

A close-up of this still was used as the cover of the 1987 single “Sheila Take a Bow” by the Smiths.

Candy Darling Smiths Cover

A three-series run of Candy Darling on a City Bus, photographed by Gerard Melanga.

Candy Darling on a City Bus, photographed by Gerard Melanga

Candy Darling on a City Bus, photographed by Gerard Melanga

Candy Darling on a City Bus, photographed by Gerard Melanga

1972

Photograph by Roy Blakey, 1972.
Candy Darling by Roy Blakey

Candy Darling with Pat Ast and Marisa Berenson at Francesco Scavullo’s Ash Wednesday Party
Candy Darling with Pat Ast and Marisa Berenson at Francesco Scavullo's Ash Wednesday Party

1973

Candy Darling and the cast of the play “The White Whore and the Bit Player,” 1973.
Candy Darling and the Cast of Play The White Whore and the Bit Player by Roy Blakey

Candy Darling, photographed by Francesco Scavullo.
Candy Darling

Two photos of Candy Darling at a party, given as “about 1973.”
Candy Darling at a party about 1973

Candy Darling at a party about 1973

Candy Darling and her Mother, by Sheyla Baykal
Candy Darling and her Mother, by Sheyla Baykal

Candy by Anton Perich
Candy Darling by Anton Perich

1974

She died of lymphoma on March 21, 1974, only aged 29. It is widely held and rumoured that her cancer was caused by black market hormone treatment, or other illegal drugs, but there has never been any official notice or finding of such.

In the last letter she wrote before she died, she said:

“Unfortunately before my death I had no desire left for life . . . I am just so bored by everything. You might say bored to death. (D)id you know I couldn’t last. I always knew it. I wish I could meet you all again.”

This photograph was taken by Peter Hujar in 1974, of Candy on her deathbed.
Candy Darling 1974

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