The woman behind our Art in the Arthouse exhibition “Mary Woronov: Something About Mary,” on view at the NoHo 7 through December 15, was recently profiled by KCET. It’s by the award-winning arts journalist Victoria Looseleaf, features a generous selection of Woronov’s striking pieces and begins “At almost 71 years old, Mary Woronov is still a beauty whose quick wit, sharp mind and striking countenance belie the decades. Born in Palm Beach’s five-star Breakers Hotel in 1943 — then a converted hospital during World War II, she recalled.
“It was a mistake,” Woronov, her gray eyes matching her stylishly cut gray hair, the latter tinged with mint green, said with a boisterous laugh, adding, “no…it wasn’t.”
Talking in her airy apartment near downtown, one filled with dozens of her oil paintings, hundreds of books and a cache of memorabilia, this erstwhile star of numerous classic Andy Warhol films, including 1966’s “Chelsea Girls,” continued, “I was a preemie, preemie, preemie and they immediately put me in a box. My grandmother looked at me and I had black fur on me — pre-natal hair — and a coccyx cyst. So I had a tail and my grandmother said, ‘That’s not ours. Take that back.'”
Woronov, who went on to appear in some 80 films, including such B-classics as “Death Race 2000” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” as well as making mainstream TV appearances in “Charlie’s Angeles,” “Knight Rider” and on the soap, “Somerset,” is a walking Wikipedia of several by-gone eras.
As to her rebel nature, well, that’s obviously embedded in her DNA.”
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