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Edie, an American Biography Themes

Jean Stein
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Drugs

As with many celebrities and pop culture icons in the 1960s, drugs, played a prevalent role in Edie Sedgwick's life. For many years, there were rumors that Edie was a heroin addict. Some say this allegation is false. Although Edie did use heroin, her main vice was amphetamines, often given to her in the form of a shot. At the time there were many doctors, often referred to as "acid doctors," who did little more than give patients "vitamin shots," which often included large doses of amphetamines, Methedrine or LSD.

Edie first exhibited psychological problems in her preteen years, and drugs only exacerbated the problem. Many of the Sedgwicks seem to have had some form of mental problem, including Francis, Minty, and Bobby, the latter two having died from results of mental trauma.

In later years, Edie blamed her addiction to heavy drugs during her tenure at The...

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