revised March 2, 2002
Van Tyne truly adored
who was, of course, our beloved
Edie The Egg Lady of Baltimore
and John Waters'fame.
portrait by Terry Dorn
In her later years she retired to Venice, California and made a new home for herself. Jim was instrumental in launching her underground nightclub career and produced (I believe with Craig Lee's help) a clandestine hit single "Hey Punks: Get Off The Grass."
She was a frequent performer at Theoreticals and drew an always worshipping crowd. She died quietly of cancer on October 24, 1984.
We (of the Theoretical Family) mostly knew this charming one-of-a-kind lady through Jim Van Tyne, so I have little more I can say about Dear Edith except that both on stage and off she was a radiant being. Send us anything more you might know.-jm
" BxanaduH@aol.com " writes, with questions we cannot answer (please contact him if you can help), on March 29, 1999:
My name is Ben and I just wanted to express my sincere love for Edie
(Schmeedie Edie...!). Unfortunately, I never had the honor of meeting
her but she has really played a big part in my life. Ever since I
discovered her in 1984 by way of "Pink Flamingos."
Thank you for listening and God bless Edie (Oh, and you too!)...
Someone identified only as " email@example.com " writes on June 6, 1999:
I met Edie at "Okie Dog" on Santa Monica Blvd. in '86 or '87 (more likely to have been '83 or '84 editor). She was eating an Okie Dog at an outside table. I said hello. She asked me if I was eating and told me to grab my food and come on over. We talked about... not show biz and not about John Waters and not about Divine.... we talked about Okie Dogs. I told her I was trying to make them at home. She helped me "dissect" that which was an Okie Dog - hot dog, pastrami, onions and cheese. She cautioned me that I had to use bulk cheese "product". "You don't use expensive cheese in food that tastes this good." she said. Edie took my address and later that year sent me a Xmas card signed - "From Edie and her birds and animals".
Sweet, sweet woman.
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