Andy Warhol was an American artist, film director, and producer who had a huge influence on pop culture.  Some of his best-known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans, but Warhol aside, the artist also promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars.  In the late 1960s he even managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founded Interview magazine.  His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals.

However It was on June 3rd back in 1968 when an American radical feminist, actress and paranoid schizophrenic attempted to murder Andy Warhol. Valerie Jean Solanas had a tough childhood, as her parents divorced and she was sent to live with her grandparents, which sadly led to her grandfather abusing her. This had a profound effect on her views towards men.

After coming out as a lesbian she went on to write the SCUM Manifesto, which urged women to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex. In the mid 1960’s she asked Warhol to produce one of her plays, but Andy Warhol lost the script.



He did eventually hire her to perform in one of his films, however around the same time she started self-publishing her manifesto with Olympia Press. She became convinced that the owner of Olympia Press and Andy Warhol were conspiring to steal her work. On this June 3rd 1968 she went into Warhol’s New York studio and fired three shots at him.

Luckily for Warhol the first two bullets missed, but the third wounded him. She also shot an art critic, Mario Amaya. Following her arrest, she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Solanas served a three-year sentence for her crime. After her release she continued to publish her manifesto. She died of pneumonia in San Francisco in 1988.

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