The enigmatic artist, actress, model, singer and L.A. icon Angelyne: Isn’t she pretty in pink?

By on September 25, 2015

Last weekend, on September 19th, we missed a rare opporunity to pay a $10 cash admission price in order to attend to an art opening party at the “newly redesigned, revolutionarily video-centric” Museum of Digital Art (MODA), where we might have been able to “sip pink bubbly champagne and enjoy pink sugary Angelyne cake” whilst gazing upon works of art created by the one and only Angelyne. This one has a few slightly NSFW artistically-drawn nipples, plus the word “nipples” throughout.

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Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman

Thankfully, there were many who were in attendance at the gallery (located at 7190 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood) like VICE scribe Zoë Klar, who were able to coolly keep their heads and aptly describe for us later what we missed:

“The museum was packed with fans, reporters, and other characters in their own right, as extravagant and attention-grabbing as the nipples. Angelyne’s fame comes from her persona, and it’s clear that her be-who-you-want-to-be-to-the-highest-degree-possible attitude had rubbed off on the show’s attendees.”

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Photo by Nastya Valentine

“There were Tim Burton types, punk dudes in fishnets, and LA’s most beautifully haired men, all showing Angelyne’s influence in their public display of a caricatured, over-the-top version of themselves.”

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Photo by Nastya Valentine

“Everyone shuffled around the main room of the gallery, which was plastered in erotic, nip-focused paintings. Metallic, sensually posed mannequins were placed around the room, along with TVs playing slideshows of Angelyne. All of the art was on sale, with small prints going for a couple hundred dollars and the larger originals priced as high as $10,000.”

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This one-of-a-kind, not-to-miss Angelyne event according to the party invite, was presented through the combined efforts of Nikki Kreuzer and her Offbeat L.A. and Hollywood Arthouse, “purveyors of vintage, kitschy, and overlooked Los Angeles!”

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Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman

Yes, of course, we hear you, and it’s entirely possible, especially if you live outside the L.A. county area, that you have no idea who Angelyne is, but those of us here at Night Flight’s left coast HQ know all too well that she’s something of an self-promoting icon here in Los Angeles and has been for more than thirty years, and not simply for being an artist, or an actress, or a model, or a singer (she’s done all of that). She’s known, instead, for being an enigmatic presence, driving around town in her flashy hot pink Corvette, and for posing on a series of billboards, promoting herself, since the 1980s.

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Yes, we realize we missed our opportunity to not only look at her fabulous and high-price high class art, but the opportunity to buy Angelyne t-shirts, posters, and other stellar official merchandise! (“Pay with cash for discount!” the invite said), and we also missed the chance to toss our “business card” (whatever that is) into some kind of raffle for prizes, including being one of 22 randomly-selected “winners” who would be given rides in Angelyne’s legendary ‘Vette! (we suspect that means we’d be riding shotgun with Angelyne behind the wheel), and we also missed the chance to be the singular “loser” who wins the opportunity to wash her ‘Vette (no, that’s not a euphemism, she really means wash her car, though on a hot day like the  kind we’ve been having lately, even that sounds like a winning proposal).

We also missed our chance to pose with the infamous “blonde” for a “photo opp” and to “be enveloped by the galactic glow of Angelyne archived, rare photos and film clips in gallery video projections!” Dammit!! We are really kicking ourselves.

Wait, back up a sec. “She’s an actress?,” we hearing you out there, asking: “What’s she been in that I might have seen?”

Well, perhaps you missed our earlier post where we mentioned that she was Little Red Riding Hood in the 1977 comedy film “Can I Do It… ‛Til I Need Glasses?”, which we told you about here. She was credited as Angeline Alyn in that one. She also appeared in the 1988 sci-fi comedy Earth Girls Are Easy. Her IMDB entry has a few others key roles from her acting career here.

Would you like more Angelyne? Pretty please? We can certainly help fill in the blanks.

In this recent interview by Gary Baum for the August 14 issue of the Hollywood Reporter (“L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne Bemoans Kardashian, Hilton and ‘Boring, Gauche’ Celeb Culture”), Angelyne explains how the idea of promoting herself, and self-branding with a specific color, came to her in a kind of hot pink vision and an out-of-body experience that requires, well, a body beyond the corporeal:

“Angelyne’s self-branding began before the billboards. Over a shrimp cocktail lunch at Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood, she explains that she only adopted her signature color after installing a New Age metal pyramid over her bed. ‘I just laid down there, and I kept seeing this vision of pink. Magenta was vibrating. I was compelled.’ “

“Indeed, she makes it clear that she’s on intimate terms with the next level, pointing to an out-of-body moment she had one day around the time she filmed her small role in the 1988 sci-fi comedy Earth Girls Are Easy as transformative. ‘I don’t recommend it,’ she says wanly of the cosmic event.”

Angelyne’s scene in Julien Temple’s 1988 sci-fi comedy “Earth Girls Are Easy,” features Angelyne’s song “Animal Attraction”

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Photo by Nastya Valentine

“Angelyne sees herself as forever on a quest to return to that rapture. ‘It’s been torture to be here again. I’ve tried so much meditation to bring it back,’ she says. ‘As wonderful as my flesh body is to me, what I’ve created, I’ve exploited the human body to its max.'”

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Photo by Nastya Valentine

In the wonderful article — really, sit yourself down right now with a glass of pink champagne, or if you’re not an imbiber, perhaps get yourself a glass of pink Strawberry Quik, and just read it — she describes what it’s like to be Angelyne, driving around town and “eliciting an array of responses”:

“‘I’m a Rorschach test in pink,’ she says — from ‘an innocent little Barbie doll to, I guess, being a whore or a porn star, depending on who sees me. I spark the spirit.’ (She’s fine with being mistaken for the latter; as she sees it, it’s ‘pretty awesome’ she gets to vicariously inhabit people’s ‘sexual intensity without having to go through with it.’ Unlike Hilton or Kardashian, there never has been a nude Angelyne photograph, much less a sex tape.)”

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Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman

We’ll give VICE‘s Zoë Klar the opportunity here to sum up everything we missed last weekend while we continue kicking ourselves once again for missing this one-of-a-kind, not-to-miss Angelyne event:

“Despite being in a gallery filled with giant oil-painted nipples, most of the crowd was drawn to Angelyne herself. She’s been at this for years, and she plays the role of self-styled icon well. Her persona draws its power from the mystery that surrounds her: Who is that woman on these billboards? Where did she come from? Why is she dressed like that? Why is she still famous? And what am I doing paying $40 for a T-shit she’s selling out of the trunk of her car? But if anyone who thought her art show would be a chance to peek behind the curtain of spandex and secrecy, they were shit out of luck. Regardless of the medium, Angelyne remains Angelyne, mystery included.”

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Photo by Nastya Valentine

Ah, well, Angelyne, we would have loved “a chance to peek behind your sexy curtain of spandex and secrecy,” but we suppose what that means that, for now, you ubiquitous L.A. icon, is that you will have to, for a time, remain to us a hot pink mysterious enigma.

We’ll be looking for your ‘Vette on the 101. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll make that list of yours, someday.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, assistant editor for the When You Awake blog, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.