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Viva Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 1941
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Viva, also known as Viva Superstar and originally known on her birth certificate as Janet Susan Mary Hoffman, was one of the more famous members of the [[Performer~P115970~Andy Warhol~andywarhol]] entourage. A talented painter and novelist, Viva was less accomplished as an actress, though her screen appearances had the saving grace of humor. In recounting her explicit sex scene in Warhol's F**k (aka Blue Movie, 1968), one recalls not the penetration but the foreplay, wherein Viva blithely chatters away on a variety of social and political topics. Her most famous "mainstream" appearances include her semi-autobiographical turn as Greenwich Village reveller Gretchen McAlbertson in [[Feature~V32558~Midnight Cowboy~midnightcowboy]] (1969), and her portrayal of Jennifer, Woody Allen's nymphomaniac blind date (who, after prattling on about sexual liberation, reacts to Woody Allen's advances by screaming "[[Feature~V132556~What~thewhipandthebody]] kind of a girl do you take me for???") in [[Feature~V38348~Play It Again, Sam~playitagainsam]] (1972). Outlasting the fifteen minutes of fame proscribed by her mentor [[Performer~P115970~Andy Warhol~andywarhol]], Viva was recently seen as Mrs. Cooper in Mel Gibson's [[Feature~V31125~Man Without a Face~themanwithoutaface]] (1993). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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