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Brigid Testing for Talk Show, June 12, 1974

Brigid Testing for Talk Show, June 12, 1974
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Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Brigid Testing for Talk Show, June 12, 1974
1/2-inch reel-to-reel videotape, color, sound, 30 minutes
Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
© 2012, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.

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Brigid Berlin met Warhol in “1963 and a half,” as she said, and remained a Warhol confidante until his death. The newspaper world was second nature to Berlin, whose father, Richard E. Berlin, ran the Hearst media empire for three decades. She would often call Warhol with “fast-breaking news,” and then the two would discuss the contents of “Page 6”—gossip in the New York Post. A mainstay in Warhol’s films, Berlin was the ideal host for a series of talk show tests (they were never aired), made as “entries” for Warhol’s videotaped Factory Diaries of the early 1970s. Three segments of the unscripted show, often comical and absurd, were produced by Vincent Fremont, who later wrote, “For years [Warhol] always joked that he should marry Brigid Berlin because her father ran the Hearst Empire and he could have a TV station.”