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Mary Woronov (1943 - )

Related: American cinema - Paul Bartel

Titles: Chelsea Girls (1966) - Eating Raoul (1982)

Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov in Eating Raoul (1982)


Mary Woronov (b. December 8, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress. She is well known for her roles in the 1975 cult film Death Race 2000 and the 1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School, but her breakthrough was the 1982 cult film Eating Raoul. Mary Woronov is also well known for her role on Babylon 5 as a Narn named Ko'Dath; she was the second actress to play the role. In the mid 1960s she appeared as a dancer in Andy Warhol's Exploding. Plastic. Inevitable., which featured the Velvet Underground. Mary Woronov is a well known B movie actress, appearing in over 80 films. She has starred in several films with "Eating Raoul" co-star Paul Bartel. Mary Woronov was in the 1984 movie Night of the Comet with "Eating Raoul" co-star Robert Beltran. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Woronov [Mar 2006]

Meets Gerard Malanga

1965. MARY WORONOV meets GERARD MALANGA through a friend of a friend named MURRAY at Cornell. Gerard films her walking across a bridge and calls it Mary on Triphammer Bridge. She meets him again when her art class visits the Factory on a field trip. He tells her that Andy is making SCREEN TESTS - where “you just look into the camera for fifteen minutes” and suggests they do one together. She stays at the Factory while her classmates go back to Cornell without her. When she returns to Cornell, she starts taking the Greyhound bus to New York as often as possible. She eventually leaves Cornell permanently when when Andy invites her on a trip to California with other Factory regulars in 1966. (MW15) --http://www.warholstars.org/chron/1965.html#mw65

Death Race 2000 (1975) - Paul Bartel

scene from Death Race 2000 (1975)

Death Race 2000 (1975) - Paul Bartel [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Death Race 2000 is an action and self-described cult film directed by Paul Bartel in 1975; it is rated R. The movie takes place in a dystopian view of American society in the year 2000. David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone played the star roles; Mary Woronov, Roberta Collins, The Real Don Steele, Joyce Jameson, Carle Bensen, Sandy McCallum and Harriet Medin co-star.

The screenplay was based on a short story by Ib Melchior, and inspired the 1976 video game Death Race.

A tremendous global economic crash had occurred in 1979. The current (as of 2000) American President took control to repair America, and since then has ruled the country from abroad with an iron fist. He is simply known as Mr. President, and is rarely seen in American public.

One of Mr. President's most famous decrees has been that of the Transcontinental Road Race, a violent spectacle that takes a small set of racers from New York to New Los Angeles. The event depicted in the film is the 20th annual Road Race; therefore, Mr. President started the event during his second year in office. --http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Death_Race_2000 [Mar 2005]

see also: satire - Roger Corman - cult film

Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory - Mary Woronov

  1. Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory - Mary Woronov, Billy Name (Photographer) [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Woronov (Wake for the Angels) was a Cornell undergraduate when she was "discovered" by Andy Warhol protege Gerard Malanga and suddenly found herself drawn into Warhol's notorious circle of counterculture hipsters. Seduced by the decadent glamour of the scene that revolved around Warhol's famous Factory, a world where "wanting was better than having, looking was better than being-it was the land of reflections," Woronov dropped out of college, appeared in several of Warhol's underground movies, notably Chelsea Girls, and embraced the weird fascinations of New York City's '60s drug culture. Here she weaves a vivid, impressionistic account of her time in Warhol's inner circle, a chapter in her life that came to an end when her addiction to speed got out of hand. Beginning in a tone of youthful excitement and slowly descending into one of frenetic despair, these memoirs are highly compelling and offer insightful portraits of such Factory notables as Lou Reed, Ondine and Nico. Woronov's prose is often dazzling; while she notes that Warhol himself was "uncomfortable with words," she proves herself a wordsmith. Her writing alone makes this an engrossing read. --From Publishers Weekly, amazon.com

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