Show Business: Edie: The Extraterrestrial

A hit book and a movie revive a '60s underground star

"What would you wear on the moon?"

That was the big question of the Sixties.

— Designer Betsey Johnson in Edie

Were there other questions worth asking in that turbid decade—about wars, revolutions, anything more dramatic than a lunar hemline? There were, but few seem interested in them now. The frenetic world of '60s sex and drugs makes for a kickier nightmare than Viet Nam or Watts or Kent State. It offers an escape into Hollywood melodrama, but with the frisson of real names and...

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