Of Mice and Men Like Mick Jagger: A Literary Scion Tells All


Though she now lives in Paris, Ms. Fraser-Cavassoni, 54 (“Studio 54,” she said), had returned to New York, where she worked and caroused decades ago, to promote her new autobiography, “After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land. This she is doing with the fervor she learned canvasing for her father, and a refreshing frankness. For example: “I did cocaine, and I don’t regret that.”

She was hired by Andy Warhol days before his death in 1987, back when the words “coffee shop” indicated not Starbucks nor Stumptown, but a Greek diner like one of his favorites, Three Guys, down the street.


Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni taking a photo of her new autobiography, “After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land,” in the dessert case at Sant Ambroeus on Madison Avenue.

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“There was something about Andy and his lot that was Knights of the Roundtable-ish,” Ms. Fraser-Cavassoni said. “I love all those knights, and the dark knights, like Larry Gagosian,” the art dealer.

She has written several previous books, including one about the producer Sam Spiegel, another former employer. But this one fills in most colorfully the lines of her own life, offering a dollybird’s-eye view of, among other matters, her mother’s affair with the playwright Harold Pinter.

“She’s very stoic,” Ms. Fraser-Cavassoni said. “She’s got this thing, ‘what can’t be cured has to be endured,’ and my generation, we’re the moaners.”

Though Mr. Pinter eventually became her stepfather, her literary tastes ran more toward another Harold — Robbins.

“He really had a grasp of how people could have it all, and it was never enough,” she said.

Before marrying Jean-Pierre Cavassoni, she had high-profile dalliances of her own, with Mick Jagger and the punk polymath Malcolm McLaren, who said “‘I love you, Natasha, because you take the cobwebs out of my brain,’” she recalled. “How many times did I hear about Sid Vicious’s mother carrying around his ashes and dropping them in the fish and chip shop?” She made a brisk “get on with it” motion.

On her right wrist glittered a bracelet of facing serpent’s heads, a gift to her mother from the English decorator Nicky Haslam, which Ms. Fraser-Cavassoni purloined in part because it reminded her of her twin teenage…

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