15 Things You Don't Know About Andy Warhol, WWF Fan And Cookbook Author
By | September 16, 2022
Andrew Warhola, Andy Warhol, or just Andy to his friends, was a Pop Art pioneer who turned himself into a pop-culture icon with an intense work ethic and a flair for self-mythologizing. Though we've seen his Campbell's Soup cans, Brillo boxes and Marilyn Monroes a million times, there was more to the man than that -- much more. Did you know he published a cookbook? Have you seen his episode of The Love Boat? Or did you know he was a fan of professional wrestling?
It's true that he was not Mr. Outgoing, and that he spent much of his time holed up in his Factory and made copies of copies of copies (whether or not his work was perceived as art, or original wasn’t the point), indulging his lifelong obsession with idolatry. As an increasingly insulated figure, Warhol was hard to reach, but those freaks and weirdos who made it inside the factory didn’t find a provocateur waiting for them. Instead, they found a soft-spoken and sensitive All-American boy.
He Was A Second-Generation American
Born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Andy Warhola was the third son born to a pair of Slovakian immigrants. Andrej and Julia Warhola raised their family in a small apartment in the industrial town, Andrej worked as a construction worker and coal miner while his mother took care of the house. Warhol’s father died of tuberculosis peritonitis when the boy was only 13, leaving his mother to raise three rambunctious boys.
Andy’s biographer, Victor Bockris, notes that the pain of growing up in the depression with Eastern European parents existed in Warhol throughout his life:
If you look at photographs of Andy, a lot of times he looks like a sad child. To understand the depth of his work, we have to understand that it comes out of the Depression and European postwar pain. When he was young his father died, and his mother almost died when he was 13. He was terrified of death and terrified of hospitals because he had seen what they had done to his parents. There’s a great deal of depth in Warhol that he still felt until the end of his life. It was not the kind of pain you could ever completely escape from.