How a badass, ex-drug addict groupie became a millennial hero at 75

Even before gaining literary fame, the LA wild child Eve Babitz had torrid affairs with rockers and movie stars including Jim Morrison and Harrison Ford, according to a new book. Getty Images
Even before gaining literary fame, the LA wild child Eve Babitz had torrid affairs with rockers and movie stars including Jim Morrison and Harrison Ford, according to a new book. Getty Images

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY STEFANIE COHEN AND PUBLISHED BY NEW YORK POST ON JANUARY 5, 2019.

Even at 20, in 1963, Eve Babitz knew how to make a statement. Back then, her curator boyfriend gave the artist Marcel Duchamp a retrospective in Pasadena, Calif., and made the mistake of not inviting her to the opening party.

So she attended another party at the museum days later. There, a photographer for Time magazine needed a shot of Duchamp playing chess with a young woman. Naked.

Babitz took her revenge.

The resulting image shows Babitz’s face hidden by her hair, her voluptuous body on full display. The photo firmly placed her in the pop-culture firmament — a shadowy figure, true, but an indelible one. That picture is one of the most iconic to emerge from the LA art scene at that time.

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