Bob Colacello

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Colacello at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party

Bob Colacello (born 1947) is an American writer. Born in Bensonhurst, New York,[1] and raised in Plainview, Long Island, he graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1969, and also has an MFA degree in film criticism from Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts.[2]

Early endeavors and Interview magazine[edit]

Colacello began his writing career around 1969, when he began publishing film reviews in the Village Voice weekly.[3] As a graduate student in the Film department at Columbia University in New York, his first publications doubled as his class essays and homework assignments.[4] In 1970, Colacello wrote a review of Andy Warhol's film Trash, which he hailed as a "great Roman Catholic masterpiece". This review garnered the attention of Warhol, and Paul Morrissey, the director of many of Warhol's films, who approached Colacello to write for Interview magazine, a new art/film/fashion magazine Warhol had recently begun to publish.[5] Colacello was made editor of Interview within six months and, for the next 12 years, remained directly involved in all aspects of life and business at The Factory— Warhol's studio—as he developed the magazine into one of the best-known lifestyle magazines of the time.[4] As Colacello himself writes in Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close up (1990), Warhol suggested Colacello change his name to Bob Cola, in order to sound more "pop."[6]

Biographical writings[edit]

After his tenure with Interview, Colacello began writing for Vanity Fair magazine,[7] and has been a regular contributor since, writing extended profiles on a wide range of public personalities, including Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles,[8] Balthus,[9] Rudolf Nureyev,[7] Liza Minnelli,[10] Estée Lauder,[11] Doris Duke,[12] and Naomi Campbell.[13] Colacello is also a biographer. He is the author of Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House, 1911-1980, about the social and political rise of Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan.[14] His memoir of working with Andy Warhol in the 1970s and early 1980s, titled Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up,[15] was called the "best-written and the most killingly observed" book on the subject by The New York Times.[16] Colacello has been coy about his sexuality in the past and once considered himself "presumably gay".[17]


  • Colacello, Bob. Ronnie & Nancy: Their Path to the White House, 1911 to 1980. Warner Books, 2004
  • Colacello, Bob. Bob Colacello's Out. Göttingen: Steidl, 2008
  • Colacello, Bob. Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up. New York, New York: Harper Collins. Vintage reprint edition, March 11, 2014



  1. ^ Martindale, Stone (26 August 2007). "Bob Colacello misses the Seventies". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ Feeney, Mark (12 August 1990). "Of Andy and Co. there is no end". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  3. ^ Shaw, Kurt (13 February 2009). "Brigid exhibit showcases Warhol confidante". Pittsburgh Tribune.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Cohen, Claudia (October 2004). "Bob Colacello: you never know who you'll end up meeting at Interview". Interview.
  5. ^ Harrod, Horatia (23 September 2007). "Bob Colacello: 24-hour party person". London: Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ Dault, Gary Michael (8 September 1990). "Warhol: The life and death of the party Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Up Close by Bob Colacello (review)". Toronto Star.
  7. ^ a b Dunphy, Catherine (4 September 1990). "Bob Colacello: Andy Warhol's mouthpiece seeks his own fame". Toronto Star.
  8. ^ "Charles and Camilla begin US tour". BBC News. 1 November 2005.
  9. ^ "Bob Colacello archive". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Liza sure liked to party, goes her sad little story". Spokesman-Review. 2 October 1986. p. 10.
  11. ^ Donnelly, Shannon (2 October 2005). "SAIL-ABRATION".
  12. ^ Smith, Liz (2 February 1994). "Woody's "headaches"". News Day.
  13. ^ Colacello, Bob (September 2008). "A league of their own". Vanity Fair.
  14. ^ Seitz, Raymond (28 December 2004). "The two halves of the president". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  15. ^ Mansfield, Stephanie (8 September 1990). "Warhol's Soiree Sidekick; Bob Colacello and His Tell-All Memoir of the 'Holy Terror'". Washington Post.
  16. ^ Glueck, Grace (August 9, 1990). "The Artist as Icon, Busybody and Chief Executive". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  17. ^ "GAY OLD PARTY". Page Six. 2007-08-12. Archived from the original on 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  18. ^ "Bob Colacello is the recipient of VAEA's Páez Medal of Art 2017". VAEA. Retrieved 2020-11-18.