Hollywood’s Iconic “IT” Girl Eve Babitz! Wednesday’s Bookmobile Has ALL Of Her Books And A Biography Too!

Eve Babitz – Hollywood’s “IT” Girl Is Back!

She was one of Hollywood’s most famous “IT” girls of the 60’s and 70’s – and this Wednesday’s Bookmobile is going to celebrate this terrific Writer and Artist – with a look at all of her own books – all reissued for a new generation – as well as a new Biography that tells her fascinating story!

Eve was legendary in Hollywood circles: close to Harrison Ford, Jim Morrison, Jack Nicholson and many others of that era, she was also a great Artist – and is now having a literary renaissance!

A new biography about her life was just released, all of her her books are being reissued, and a TV series adaptation is in development at Hulu.

Here are a few of her books:

This new appreciation of Eve Babitz as an Artist is long overdue, but I discovered her work and shared her story with you all three years ago.

I posted the following article about Eve in 2015, which includes her work as an rock album designer for The Byrds, The Yardbirds and others – and was a Beatles favorite as well – you can click on this link to see more about her life:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/10/05/the-sex-life-of-a-70s-it-girl-wild-eve-babitz-memoir-of-hollywood-excess-the-beatles-best-girl/

The Hollywood Reporter just published a great article about Eve becoming Hollywood’s latest obsession, and has a great interview with the Author of this new Biography:

The Author tells great stories about Babitz, and why her life is so fascinating again to a new generation.

Here is a snippet of their conversation:

THR: As your title suggests, Eve was both a product of, and mythmaker of, Hollywood. What does her story say about Hollywood in the 1970s and 1980s?

Author Lili Anolik: She’s just one of those people. She’s like F. Scott Fitzgerald, where their life seems to mirror what the country is going through. If anyone partook of ‘70s L.A., it was Eve. It was Quaaludes, coke, screwing around a ton, it was that post-pill, pre-AIDS moment that she fully, fully embraced. And then 1980 hits and she sobers up and she starts going to AA. She just seems to have gone through in her personal life what the decades were going through. It seems like the country as a whole was going through this all, but probably Los Angeles in a more concentrated way.

While Babitz acknowledges living in Hollywood’s “fast lane” for years, these articles help remind us that she was a great Artist as well.

I am now reading another of Eve’s novels of LA titled “Slow Days, Fast Company”:

Here is an example of the precise way she writes – like this description of the Santa Ana winds:

“Once, when I was fifteen, I walked for an entire afternoon along the empty cement in 110 degrees of hot dry winds just to get the feel of them, alone. Everyone else was hiding inside. I know those winds the way Eskimos know their snows.”

She was one of Hollywood’s “IT” girls at a time of great change in the town. Her books capture that time and I can’t wait to read the new biography. Bravo to her and welcome back to the spotlight, Eve!

Babitz lived a fascinating life, which she candidly described in her work…and I also profile another great Writer who did the same:

Debra Ginsberg wrote about her life as a Professional Waitress, and it’s a terrific, candid memoir…read about it here:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/04/03/wednesdays-bookmobile-is-waiting-on-us-all-terrific-candid-waitress-memoir-illuminates-the-lack-of-respect-for-those-who-serve-us/

Let me know if you’ve read any of these great books!



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12 replies

  1. Terrific John…enjoyed. Did not really hear much about her in the UK at the time, but sounds like the 70s revolved around her…by the way did try to share to Facebook but won’t let me…saying URL is blocked..sorry.

    • I’ve had an issue with them allowing me to share my link as a story to share…not sure why but it’s still hit or miss for me…thanks for the comment, her writing evokes the rhythm and tone of Hollywood in the early 70’s…very lyrical – I bought ALL of her reissued books and the biography and all are terrific

  2. Thanks for this John. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of her.🤦🏻‍♀️

    • I only heard of her last year when Vanity Fair did a big story about her – and how all of her books are being re-released – that, along with the terrific new biography, is the reason I wanted to share it – she’s a really gifted writer about a unique era in Hollywood!

  3. I am embarrassed to say I have never heard of this actress, John. The book sounds fascinating.

    • She’s not an Actress, Robbie, but an acclaimed writer with novels that tell the story of Hollywood in the early 70’s – very autobiographical…she is getting a career revitalization thanks to the reissues of her books and the biography of her!

  4. Eve’s life and her novels sound intriguing so definitely going to add these to my list.

  5. She had a great insider view of a period of change in culture. Good that she has written it down for posterity.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • The biography does a great job of putting her in the center of a pop culture storm in Hollywood as well…I think the same era that Quentin Tarantino is capturing in his new film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

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