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Monday, June 16, 2014

R.I.P. Casey Kasem & Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet, the Andy Warhol Factory's Superstar, died this past Saturday at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan at age 78. Ultra Violet was the stage name of Isabelle Collin Dufresne. She grew up in an upper-middle-class family with strict religious beliefs.

In 1954, at age 19, she met Salvador Dali and became his "muse," after graduating art school in France. In the 1960s, after moving to New York City, she became involved with the Pop Art scene and, in '63, met Andy Warhol. Wikipedia explains that Ulra Violet "played multiple roles in over a dozen films between 1965 and 1974" for Warhol.

In 1988, she wrote her memoir, Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol. After a lengthy battle with cancer and a late conversion to Mormonism, Ultra Violet left us. But what a life and legacy she left in her wake.

Casey Kasem, born Kemal Amin Kasem, died Father's Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014. Radio and television personality and disc jockey, he is best known for his American Top 40 countdowns. Kasem also lent his voice to numerous television cartoons, most noticeably for the Shaggy Roberts character on 1969-71's Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? He was also the voice of Robin/Dick Grayson on the Batman/Superman Hour (1968-69).

Dj Buddy Beaverhausen mourns the loss of two great icons of our age who certainly left their marks on the map of pop culture. May they rest peacefully.

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