MADONNA TO PLAY CANDY DARLING?
(Photo: Laura Rubin)
News agencies are reporting that Madonna is to play Candy Darling in a yet unnamed film about the Warhol era. The story originated in the gossipy U.K. tabloid newspaper The Sun which reported an unnamed source as saying "Madonna has been desperate to make a film where she can earn respect for her acting abilities. She is still trying to shake off the bad publicity from the movie Swept Away... She said she would do anything for the part and has agreed to work for free." (The Sun, 18 Feb. 2005)
The story has been picked up by various news agencies and reported on Sky News, even though the source of the story has not been identified. It is highly unlikely that Madonna would work for free and she is, after all, more than twice the age of Candy Darling. The last Hollywood actor who played Candy was Stephen Dorff in the film, I Shot Andy Warhol, which also featured the son of sixties folk singer, Donovan, as Gerard Malanga.
A selection of photographs of Candy Darling by Laura Rubin can be found at: http://laurarubinphotography.com.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MAN IN THE WORLD
Paul Swan in his Paris studio (1930)
A new biography on Paul Swan, the innovative American dancer who was once dubbed "the most beautiful man in the world," is scheduled for publication in 2006. Swan starred in Andy Warhol's film, Paul Swan and also appeared in Camp - in which he danced briefly with Baby Jane Holzer. Warhol's use of Swan in his films was evidence of the artist's early interest in dance and theatre. As a student at Carnegie Tech, Warhol belonged to the university's modern dance troupe. Swan was in his 80s when he was filmed by Warhol.
Paul Swan in Andy Warhol's film, Paul Swan
Swan was bi-sexual. One of the authors of the book, Janis Londraville, has confirmed in conversation that although Paul Swan "truly loved his wife (such love letters he wrote!)," he was also in love with "Frederick Eric Bates, a young Englishman who was with Swan for nearly 10 years." Sadly, Bates was killed during the bombing of a munitions factory in London in World War II.
In addition to being a dancer, Paul Swan was also a sculptor and painter who established an artist's colony in Stony Creek in the early twentieth century. The colony was described in Southern Women's Magazine at the time as "open to all artists who have ideals to work for and the courage to cling to them in the face of ridicule."
The new biography of Swan, titled The Most Beautiful Man in the World: Paul Swan, from Wilde to Warhol, was written by Janis Londraville and her husband, Richard Londraville and published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Londravilles have written numerous other books together, including John Quinn: Selected Irish Writers from His Library and Dear Yeats, Dear Pound, Dear Ford: Jeanne Robert Foster and Her Circle of Friends.
Further details about Paul Swan and the book can be found at: www.paulswan.net.