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Lizzy Mercier Descloux is gone



Posted by:Richard Hell (‘address in forum heading’)
Posted on: 29 Apr 2004
 
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Lizzy Mercier Descloux has died. She was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. I met her in 1975 when she came to New York from Paris at the age of eighteen to investigate what musicians were doing on the Bowery (she would eventually make some albums herself). She was the primary model for the "love interest" Chrissa in my novel Go Now. These lines from that book are based on those first weeks I knew her:

In the course of the three weeks she first spent here she'd moved me and removed me and then moved into me, leaving me gasping--I can still feel it in my stomach when I think about it--like I was the invaded victim in a space-parasite movie, as if my heart and lungs were furniture she might be throwing out but would certainly rearrange at whim. She seemed to come from another dimension.

She was little, with matted hair. She had--she has--a strong jaw and these big marshy lips. Eyes like drains, like reality drains, like in Psycho where Janet Leigh's blood whirlpools away down the tub along with everything else in the movie. Her nose is flat, her whole face is flat. A slim body, nearly hipless [...]

She was a spectacle: carnivore and prey in one, like a walking wildlife film, with that riveting amoral charisma of nature. A complete mystery. At 17 she was more sophisticated than anyone I'd ever known, while also seeming utterly unaffected. Or at least her affectations came from such a stubborn confidence and will to defy convention that they were irresistible [...]



The disease was ravaging but she was magnificent to the end. The below two pictures are from that first year I knew her.






[the top picture is a video grab from film shot by Amos Poe; the below picture is by R. Hell]

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         Lizzy Mercier Descloux is gone by Richard Hell, 29 Apr 2004 (37)
                 Lizzy Mercier by John Piccarella, 29 Apr 2004
                 condolences by Hannah, 10 May 2004
                 You know she's still with us by Jenna, 15 May 2004
                 Speeding Lizzy by Chris & Tina, 15 May 2004
                         TOM TOM by Antoine, 25 May 2004
                 l.d.m. by mat ducasse, 15 May 2004
                 I am theJapanese person, who met Lizzy by Tsuyoshi Kawasoe, 20 May 2004
                 Lizzy Mercier Descloux by Mari, 29 Apr 2004
                 lizzy mercier by peter, 24 May 2004
                 Re: Lizzy by Yann, 25 May 2004
                         lizzy by Antoine, 25 May 2004
                 ZE dwindle by Ian, 5 Jun 2004
                 Lizzy Mercier Descloux is gone by Brian Weber, 9 Jun 2004
                 lizzi by amos, 21 Jul 2004
                 Lizzy Mercier Descloux live pix by ****, 4 Aug 2004
                 Bye Bye Lizzy by Patrice, 11 Nov 2004
                 death of Lizzy by Adam Landelius, 18 May 2007
                 Elle me manque by Thierry Nogier, 18 Sep 2007
                 Lizzy by RadioMann, 18 Sep 2007
                 Lizzy Mercier too bad to know by maurizio vetrugno, 21 Nov 2007
                 sorry by maurizio vetrugno, 21 Nov 2007
                 golden throat-lizzy by toney, 2 May 2004
                 lizzy by paul c, 1 May 2004
                         lizzy mercier descloux by chazz helene, 10 May 2004
                                 Memorial for LMD: time and place by Roy Suggs, 11 May 2004
                                         richard hell lizzy by chazz helene, 13 May 2004
                                         I am thinking of you tonight! by Dougee Dimensional, 22 May 2004
                                                 in memorium - sharing at a distance by david, 22 May 2004
                                                         Remembering Lizzy by Sebastien Morlighem , 23 May 2004
                         RE: Lizzy by Michelle, 12 May 2004
                 lizzy mercier descloux by matti brouns, 4 May 2004
                 Totally original by Nora, 4 May 2004
                         She lives! by Kitty, 21 May 2004
                         lizzie's death by Antoine, 5 May 2004
                                 Press stop/press color by Timo , 6 May 2004
                 lizzy merci deschouchoux by chazz helene, 10 May 2004
                         Lizzie Mercier by Jim Basnight, 9 Apr 2007

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