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Ultra Violet (I) (1935–2014)

Underground celebrity Ultra Violet was born Isabelle Collin Dufresne in 1935 in France, a convent-raised French bourgeois heiress. A coiffured society deb in those days, she moved to New York in 1953 where she spent a decade surrounding herself with artists like John Graham, John Chamberlain, and Salvador Dalí, the last with whom triggered her ... See full bio »

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Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy The Party
Curse of the Headless Horseman
Dinah East
Dinah East Daniela
An Unmarried Woman
An Unmarried Woman Lady MacBeth


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 1994 Blackout
 1972 Savages
Iliona, a Decadent
 1972 Curse of the Headless Horseman
The Countress
 1971 Believe in Me
 1971 The Telephone Book
Whip Woman
 1971 Taking Off
SPFC Member
 1970 Dinah East
 1970 Brand X
 1970 The Phynx
Ultra Violet
 1970 Cleopatra
 1969 The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez
Daughter of Montezuma
 1969 Midnight Cowboy
The Party
 1967 ****
 1967 I, a Man
 1965 The Life of Juanita Castro (as Isabelle Dufresne)
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Isabelle Dufresne

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Various people have taken credit for suggesting to Andy Warhol that he paint soup cans, including Ultra Violet. She claims she ran into the then-unknown Warhol in 1961 at a luncheonette on 88th and Madison and during an artistic discussion suggested the idea while he was sitting at the counter eating chicken soup. See more »

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