Ast in 1972
October 21, 1941|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
October 2, 2001 (aged 59)|
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Education||Erasmus Hall High School|
Ast made her screen debut after meeting director John Schlesinger, who cast her as a party guest in his film Midnight Cowboy (1969). Around that time, she caught the attention of fashion designer Halston, who gave her a job at his boutique and made her one of his models, despite the fact that she weighed 210 pounds. In the early 1970s, with Pat Cleveland, Connie Cook, Alva Chinn, Anjelica Huston, Karen Bjornson, among others, Ast became one of Halston's favored troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes. She then became associated with Andy Warhol, who gave her the role of landlady Lydia in his film Heat (1972) alongside Joe Dallesandro.
In 1975, Ast moved to Hollywood to pursue her acting career. She has appeared in films such as The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), Foul Play (1978), The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), and Reform School Girls (1986).
Ast's lifelong battle with diabetes worsened in the last decade of her life, resulting in the amputation of some toes. She died on October 3, 2001 at her home in West Hollywood, California. Her death came three weeks after the death of her longtime friend Berry Berenson, who was killed in the September 11 attacks. Ast's neighbors noticed that the newspapers were piling up outside her door and that she hadn't been out to walk her dogs in a few days. Concerned, they called a friend of Ast's, who found her dead on her bed. It was reported that she had died of natural causes.
Due to scheduling conflicts among the attendees, there were two memorial services. Among the guests were Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Bud Cort, and Paul Reubens. Ast was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.
- Midnight Cowboy (1969)
- The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker (1970)
- The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)
- Heat (1972)
- The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976)
- Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976)
- Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977)
- Which Way Is Up? (1977)
- The World's Greatest Lover (1977)
- Foul Play (1978)
- The Users (1978)
- Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979)
- The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
- Pandemonium (1982)
- Slow Burn (1986)
- Reform School Girls (1986)
- Homer and Eddie (1989)
- Ted & Venus (1991)
- Loving Lulu (1992)
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