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The Celebrity Archaeology Podcast

May 16, 2018

Our cover photo of Margaret Trudeau and artist Andy Warhol was taken in 1978 at Studio 54 in New York. At the time, Margaret was an embarrassment to Canada because of her wild antics being recorded in the press. She was the wife of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and would later become the only woman to had been a Canadian Prime Minister's wife and now mother to a Canadian Prime Minister. Her eldest son Justin became Prime Minister in 2015. Young Margaret Margaret became the most unlikely woman to become the wife of a head of state. The former hippie roamed all around the world from one hippie colony to another before settling down in 1971 to marry the 51 year-old Prime Minister when she was 22. She became the mother of three boys: Justin, Alexandre and Michel ( who later died in a skiing avalanche accident in 1998) Lifestyle Hating her cloistered housing in the Prime Minister's home, she preferred alcohol, pot and partying with rock 'n rollers. An all-night party with the Rolling Stones or hanging out at the chic Studio 54 in the late 70’s made front pages everywhere, and she wanted to be in the thick of it. It was during this time that Warhol befriended her, as he saw a kindred spirit in her. Whenever she was in town, you could count on her being with Warhol at Studio 54. Split Margaret didn't gain any respect from the Canadian people when she separated from her husband in 1977 either. As if things at home weren't bad enough, she left her husband with her three young sons and moved to New York to study photography with Richard Avedon.  "I was a darling wife when I was good, and when I was bad, I was the worst on the planet," she said. During their separation she dated hot celebs, such as Jack Nicholson and Ryan O'Neal. She also admitted having an eye for Ted Kennedy. The Trudeaus officially divorced in 1984. The answer It wasn't until 2000 that Margaret received her diagnosis of bipolar disorder which had contributed to her wild behavior. Before they put a label on it, it was previously called manic depression. She admits in her autobiography from 2010, "Changing My Mind" that she had numerous hospitalizations and treatments for the disease.  She decided to go public about her health issue and has now become a leading advocate for mental health in Canada. Another marriage In 1984, Margaret married Ottawa real estate developer Fried Kemper. The marriage produced a son, Kyle, and a daughter named Alicia. They divorced in 2000. Quote She said in a later interview about her life: 

“Who am I?,,, Canada’s Rodney Dangerfield? I get no respect. I don’t care about the respect of the press or the public or anybody. Whose respect every day I’m trying to garner is the respect of my children, my grandchildren and my friends, the people I work with. I find myself now in a position in life where I’m so comfortably in place — but unfortunately I’m getting old.”
Andy Warhol There is much to be said about Andrew Warhola - his given name - who was born August 6 1928. Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture.  Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), Ethel Scull 36 times (1963), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67). Early years Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Warhol initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator. After exhibiting his work in several galleries in the late 1950s, he began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist. His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with coining the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame."  The 60’s In the late 1960s, he managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founded Interview magazine. He authored numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement.  Warhol’s silkscreens Ethel Scull 36 Times is a 1963 painting by American artist Andy Warhol, and is part of the collections of both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. It was Warhol's first commissioned work. The work consists of four rows of nine equal columns, depicting Ethel Scull, a well-known collector of modern art and wife of taxi tycoon Robert Scull. In early 1963 Robert Scull asked Warhol to paint a portrait of his wife (and my mother) after the style of the Marilyn Diptych and Warhol's other depictions of Marilyn Monroe. At the time, this was at the height of the Sculls' fame as an art collector. Warhol took Ethel Scull to a Times Square photo booth and prompted her to take 300 black and white photographs of herself. Warhol told her jokes in an effort to make her photographs more candid. Warhol even complained to her to make each photo count, as he was spending $60 in quarters for the photo booth shots! One hand-colored photo-strip from the session is in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh, which holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives, is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $105 million for a 1963 canvas titled Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster); his works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold.  A 2009 article in The Economist described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market". After gallbladder surgery, Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia in February 1987 at the age of 58. Links: The Book: The Podcast on iTunes: Hear, rate and review the Podcast in iTunes! The site:

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