The Andy Warhol Diaries, a Netflix documentary series, takes viewers inside the legendary artist and filmmaker’s storied life.
The six-episode series, directed by Andrew Rossi, examines Warhol’s life, works, and relationships in depth. The eponymous memoir, written by the famed icon himself to friend and writer Pat Hackett, serves as the basis for the series.
She is one of the few persons who had a personal relationship with Warhol and had access to his private thoughts and daily life. Let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?
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Pat Hackett, Who is She?
Pat Hackett is a well-known freelance writer best recognised for her frequent collaborations with Andy Warhol throughout his lifetime.
She met him in 1968, while he was recovering from a terrible assassination attempt by writer Valerie Solanas. He narrowly averted death and suffered significant life-threatening injuries that had a profound mental and physical impact on him for the rest of his life.
Pat was contacted by Warhol for assistance in tracking his cash business expenses in preparation for IRS examinations.
However, when he began discussing his everyday adventures with her in the form of journal entries dictated on call, this quickly grew into more.
Pat revealed in an interview that Warhol wanted to use these journals to gather and catalogue his life.
Pat also contributed to Andy Warhol’s 1975 book, ‘The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.’ She and Bob Colacello, Warhol’s close friend and the editor of the ‘Interview’ magazine, ghostwrote it.
Pat and Warhol’s daily phone chats, as well as the audio CDs he supplied her of his conversations with Bob and Brigid Berlin, were the basis for the book. Pat was also a co-author of Warhol’s 1980 book, ‘Popism: The Warhol Sixties.’
The book includes anecdotes and stories about celebrities and members of Warhol’s famed New York art studio Factory, and it covers Warhol’s work and films from 1960 to 1969.
The memoir’s source material is a collection of audiotape reels that the artist recorded over the course of those nine years.
Pat is also credited as the writer of the films ‘Bad,’ ‘Beautiful Darlings,’ and ‘American Masters,’ which she worked on alongside Warhol over the years. Andy Warhol Films was responsible for all three.
‘The Andy Warhol Diaries,’ the memoirs kept by Warhol between 1976 and 1987, until five days before his death, is the talented writer’s most notable work to date.
Pat and Michael spoke on the phone every day at 9:00 a.m., and he would tell her about his day and any intriguing events that had transpired.
He would also discuss his thoughts and feelings about the individuals he met and engaged with, as well as his worries and opinions.
Pat gathered and edited all of Warhol’s daily telephone journal notes, and the book was released in 1989, two years after his death on February 22, 1987.
She and he would meet once a week to go over the transcripts, and he would assist her with omitting or adding facts as needed.
Pat also authored the book’s preface and used her astutely written editor’s comments to fill up several gaps in the memoir, particularly about Warhol and Jon Gould’s relationship.
Where is Pat Hackett Now?
Pat Hackett is most likely in her 70s and, as far as we can ascertain, currently resides in New York City. She remained a close friend of Warhol’s until his death, and she played a key role in disseminating his ideas and works around the world.
Though some have pointed out inconsistencies in Pat’s writing in ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries,’ she clarifies in the Netflix series that she just wrote and left out what Warhol directed her to and that she had to fill in the blanks with her sensibility and accurate understanding of him.
“Andy’s really close friends always experienced how chatty and opinionated he was,” Pat said in a 2015 interview. But the journals give more than that since he could just relax and be contemplative in the long, devoted sessions we had together, and he often went deep.”
“Today, people can read The Warhol Diaries merely for the historical and cultural artifact that it is,” she continued. Andy is continually questioning, “What does it mean?” about people and the eras they lived in.
The writer also revealed that Warhol found the journals cathartic, especially in his later years, and that communicating with her was beneficial for him.
Pat was a major contributor to the documentary series after the memoir was released on its 25th anniversary in 2015.