Eve Babitz

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Eve Babitz and the desire for hedonism

Last fall, a good friend of mine referred me to the books and life of Eve Babitz, perhaps inadvertently due to our similarities (blonde, well-endowed writers). Babitz was an artist, a writer and an icon, often notorious for the famous men with which she had affairs. While she may have been known, but not quite famous, for her glamorous, promiscuous, party girl lifestyle, Babitz had a late-in-life rise to widespread fame for her books, one that can be properly attributed to Vanity Fair writer Lili Anolik.
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The Huntington Library acquires archive of Eve Babitz, the late L.A. author

The archive of Eve Babitz, the late Los Angeles author, has found a home. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has acquired a collection of art, manuscripts, journals, photographs and correspondence from the late author spanning from 1943 to 2011. The museum also announced that it will house the work of fellow L.A. writers Eloise Klein Healy, the city's first poet laureate, and Gloria Stuart, the late artist and Oscar-nominated actress.
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The Ringer

Joan Didion and Eve Babitz Saw Two Essential Sides of California

Joan Didion and Eve Babitz passing within days of each other is the kind of detail either woman would seize on in her writing. Over the decades, the two shared a sporadic connection: Both lived in and documented Los Angeles around the same time, though the overlap was more concrete than just a mutual subject. Babitz grew up at the base of the Hollywood Hills—just off Franklin Avenue, exactly 2 miles due west from where Didion would rent a house in what a friend, quoted in the title essay of The White Album, called a “senseless-killing neighborhood.” The photographer Julian Wasser shot the iconic photos of Didion with her Corvette Stingray in the driveway of that house and the image of a nude Babitz playing chess with the artist Marcel Duchamp. Eve’s Hollywood, Babitz’s debut, contains several pages’ worth of dedications, each a microcosm of her gifts for casual name-dropping and efficient storytelling. Sandwiched between Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey (“who I’d do anything for if only they’d pay”) and Duchamp (“who beat me at his own game”) are Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne, “for having to be who I’m not.”
Literary Hub

Eve Babitz, artist and muse of Los Angeles, has died at 78.

Eve Babitz, known for her joyful, sharp, confessional portrayals of Los Angeles and her personal adventures there, died last Friday of complications of Huntington’s disease at U.C.L.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 78. Dwight Garner for The New York Times called Babitz’s writing “like Nora Ephron’s by...
Kirkus Reviews

Author Eve Babitz Has Died at 78

Eve Babitz, whose works of memoir and fiction painted a vivid portrait of late 20th-century Los Angeles, died Friday at 78, the New York Times reports. Babitz, a Hollywood native, worked as an artist in the music industry in the 1960s, designing album covers, before making her literary debut in 1974 with Eve’s Hollywood, a memoir that showcased her sharp sense of humor and solidified her reputation as an expert chronicler of Southern California hedonism.

Eve Babitz, Chronicler and Muse of the L.A. Scene, Dies at 78

Eve Babitz, whose books including “Eve’s Hollywood” memorably chronicled the Los Angeles music and cultural scenes in the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday. Her biographer Lili Anolik confirmed her death to the Associated Press. Babitz saw a renewed appreciation for her work as a younger generation of writers discovered her fresh and frank voice. Her other books included “Slow Days, Fast Company,” “Sex and Rage,” “Two By Two,” “L.A. Woman” and “Black Swans.” Babitz attended Hollywood High and at 20 years old, posed nude for the famous image of herself playing chess with Marcel Duchamp. Later in the 1960s she designed album covers...

Eve Babitz, Hollywood Icon and Author, Dies at 78

The Associated Press has learned through Babitz’s biographer, Lili Anolik, that author and Hollywood icon Eve Babitz had passed away on Friday at 78. A Hollywood icon, Babitz published several books, like Eve’s Hollywood and Slow Days, Fast Company, about her extraordinary life in Los Angeles. At age 20, she played chess nude with Marcel Duchamp and became a 1960s artistic inspiration. Babitz hung out with the likes of Jim Morrison and Steve Martin, blending into various social circles to make her mark as a Hollywood it girl and muse to artists in Los Angeles. She suffered severe burns from a cigar lighting her skirt on fire in 1997, resulting in her rarely doing interviews until a resurgence in her work from a 2014 Vanity Fair article. As Babitz’s work began to be reissued, she joked, “It used to be only men who liked me, now it’s only girls,” as young women began to be drawn to her work. In late 2017, Hulu announced it was developing a comedy series based on Babitz from Liz Tigelaar, Amy Pascal, and Elizabeth Cantillon.

Eve Babitz Dies: Writer And Avatar Of LA Cultural Scene Was 78

Eve Babitz, a writer and once-and-future “it” girl closely identified with the 1960s and early-’70s in Los Angeles, has died at 78. Relatives confirmed her death on social media as well as to the Associated Press, but did not specify a cause. Part-West Coast wild child, part-boho intellectual, Eve once described herself as a “stacked eighteen-year-old blonde on Sunset Boulevard… who is also a writer.” A famous image from 1963 shows her playing chess against Dadaist artist and writer Marcel Duchamp, with Babitz completely naked and Duchamp fully clothed. As a writer and creative muse, Babitz had a wide-ranging impact, drawing comparisons to...

Hollywood bard, muse and reveler Eve Babitz dies at 78

One of Hollywood’s greatest bards, Eve Babitz, has died at age 78. With love and candor, Babitz chronicled the excess of her native world in the 1960s and 1970s and became a cult figure to generations of readers. Her dispatches from the Troubadour Bar and the Chateau Marmont, from the Sunset Strip and Venice beach, became as much a testament of her era as a Jack Nicholson movie or an album by the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac. She was published in Rolling Stone and Vogue among other magazines and her books included “Eve’s Hollywood” and “Sex and Rage.” She died Friday afternoon of complications from Huntington’s disease.
Finger Lakes Times

Author Eve Babitz, who captured and embodied the culture of Los Angeles, dies at 78

LOS ANGELES — Eve Babitz, the author known for her hedonistic chronicles of Los Angeles drawn largely from her own life, died Friday at 78. According to her sister, Mirandi Babitz, the cause of death was complications from Huntington’s disease. Babitz, who, after living for many years in West Hollywood, had most recently been in a Westwood assisted-living facility, died at UCLA Medical Center.