Brigid Berlin (Polk), Flowers, 1970
My mother wanted me to be a slim, respectable socialite. Instead, I became an overweight troublemaker.
Last night I watched Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story on Netflix, and was thoroughly entertained. Just like John Waters explains in the film, I have always found Brigid Berlin (Also known as Brigid Polk) especially intriguing, because she didn’t look like your average Warhol Superstar. Polk was like a methed-out Georgy Girl who made trip books and needed no excuse to whip her shirt off in public. She took no shit from anyone, and she was more of an influence on Warhol’s art than most people give her credit for.
Berlin’s apartment is way too precious for me to live in, but I have to admire the effect. In addition to her famous needlepoint pillows of New York Post covers, Berlin created the array of amazing pug pillows that occupy a place of honor along her couch. Some of her behavior in the film might reasonably be described as obsessive-compulsive, but that’s part of what makes her fascinating. Filmmakers Shelly Dunn Fremont and Vincent Fremont (a longtime Warhol associate) had access to reams of home movies from Polk’s childhood and use them to great effect, illuminating their prickly subject from the inside.
I was not expecting Pie in the Sky to be half as entertaining as it was, but I have to give full credit to the subject and her eccentric friends. As far as her family is concerned, well, let’s just say they do not participate willingly. Therein lies a great deal of the fun, so do catch this movie if you have a chance. It’s even on Hulu, so I strongly suggest you treat yourself to a big slice of key lime pie with extra whipped cream and watch Pie in the Sky. And while you’re at it, hug a pug.
Just saw this today and loved it ! Brigid Berlin is my favorite Warol superstar of all time. I always loved Edie Sedgwick but once I started reading different books about Andy Warholand his factory friends and superstars then I realized how much I loved Brigid.
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“People get bored with me. But I can’t help it. I got to keep talking. I can’t shut up. When people talk, it gives me ideas, and they have to get out of my head. I can’t hold my tongue.”