Valerie Solanas

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Date of Birth April 9, 1936
Place of Birth New Jersey
Date of Death Apr 25, 1988 (52)
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Valerie Jean Solanas was an American radical feminist and author best known for writing the SCUM Manifesto, which she self-published in 1967, and attempting to murder Andy Warhol in 1968. Solanas had a turbulent childhood. She said her father regularly sexually abused her and she had a volatile relationship with her mother and stepfather after her parents' divorce. She was sent to live with her grandparents but ran away after being physically abused by her alcoholic grandfather. Solanas came out as a lesbian in the 1950s. After graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, Solanas relocated to Berkeley, California, where she began writing her most notable work, the SCUM Manifesto, which urged women to "overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex". Solanas moved to New York City in the mid-1960s. She met pop artist Andy Warhol and asked him to produce her play Up Your Ass.

Born: Valerie Jean Solanas, April 9, 1936, Ventnor City, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: April 25, 1988, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation: Writer
Citizenship: United States
Subject: Radical feminism
Literary movement: Radical feminism
Notable works: SCUM Manifesto (1967), Up Your Ass, a play (wr. 1965, prem. 2000, publ. 2014)
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About Valerie Solanas

Known for a radical feminist work titled the SCUM Manifesto, this twentieth-century writer is perhaps best remembered as the would-be assassin of her acquaintance and sometimes artistic collaborator Andy Warhol. After she shot Warhol, he was able to recover through emergency surgery.

Before Fame

After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, she took graduate psychology courses at both the University of Minnesota and the University of California, Berkeley.


At various points in her life, she was homeless and a prostitute. While on trial for attempted murder, she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Family Life

Born in New Jersey to a family of Spanish and Italian heritage, she moved to New York City in the 1960s. In the early 1950s, she gave birth to a son who was immediately put up for adoption by social services.


She was portrayed by actress Lili Taylor in the 1996 movie I Shot Andy Warhol.

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