Viva (Warhol superstar)


Viva (Warhol superstar)

Viva (born Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann on August 23 1938 in Syracuse, New York) is an actress, writer, and a former Warhol superstar.

Career

Hoffman was born into a Catholic family. She was given the name Viva by Andy Warhol before the release of her first film with him but later used her married last name (Auder). She appeared in several of Warhol's films and was a frequent guest at The Factory. After she began making films for other directors she also began writing. Her first book, "Superstar", was an insider's look at the Factory scene, a partly fictional autobiographical account of her time there.

It was distinguished from other "tell-all" memoirs by virtue of her writing, which incorporated various stylistic effects, including the use of taped conversations, arguably one of the first times such a technique had been used in a novel. She also wrote for various publications, including "The Village Voice".

Hoffman incorporated the tapes into her second book, "The Baby". These tapes were later released by Auder as "Chronicles: Family Diary" in three parts.

She provided some (spoken) vocals in Carla Bley's 1971 jazz composition "Escalator over the Hill".

Personal life

With her husband Michel Auder, she was one of the early pioneers in video art. The couple made and kept film diaries which included the birth of her first daughter, Alexandra Auder. She had another child later, out-of-wedlock, the actress Gaby Hoffmann.

She lives in Palm Springs, California, where she paints landscapes.

Filmography

*"Bike Boy" (1967)
*"Nude Restaurant" (1967)
*"The Loves Of Ondine" (1968)
*"Lonesome Cowboys" (1968)
*"Blue Movie (1969)
*"Midnight Cowboy" (1969)
*"Lions Love" (1969)
*"Trapianto, consunzione e morte di Franco Brocani (1969)
*"Necropolis" (1970)
*"Cleopatra" (1970)
*"Play It Again, Sam" (1972)
*"Cisco Pike" (1972)
*"Flash Gordon" (1980)
*"Forbidden Zone" (1980)
*"The State of Things" "(Der Stand der Dinge)" (1982)
*"Paris, Texas", Wim Wenders (1984)
*"The Man Without a Face" (1993)

Books

*"Superstar" (1970)
*"The Baby" (1974)

External links

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