Eve Babitz dead at 78 – Hollywood author whose books revealed the LA cultural scene of the 1960s and 70s passes away

Eve Babitz dead at 78 – Hollywood author whose books revealed the LA cultural scene of the 1960s and 70s passes away

December 18, 2021

AUTHOR and muse Eve Babitz has died at the age of 78.

The Hollywood personality was a welcome sight in the 1960s and 1970s, when she chronicled anything from nightclubs to the Sunset Strip for generations of readers to come.

Her biographer, Lili Anolik, confirmed that the poet died on Friday, but did not provide additional details regarding her death.

Few writers are highly regarded as having been able to chronicle the Los Angeles lifestyle as she did during the time period.

From writing dispatches at the Troubadour nightclub to the Chateau Marmont, to covering from Venice Beach and the Sunset Strip, few were as recognized as Babitz was for her writing.

Babitz was well known about people in the era as well, from Jim Morrison to Steve Maritn, but her greatest subject was her writing, offering witty commentary that could only astound.

Babitz often joked about her sex life and her outreach, all while dropping LA landmarks and people in her writing.

“I hadn’t really liked Elizabeth Taylor until she took Debbie Reynolds’ husband away from her, and then I began to love Elizabeth Taylor,” she once wrote.

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Her life spanned more than just her passion for writing.

She designed the famous album cover of Buffalo Springfield Again and even went on to design covers for The Byrds and Linda Ronstadt.

Her pals included people like Jack Nicholson and Michelle Phillips and dated everyone from Harrison Ford to Jim Morrison.

She was an extra in a couple movies including The Godfather Part II and even introduced Salvador Dali to Frank Zappa while convincing Steve Martin to wear a white suit.

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