The film is a story of obsession and impression; a study of illusion and delusion. Candy Darling nee James Slattery was one of Andy Warhol’s “superstars” along with Jackie Curtis and Holly Woodlawn they were the gender bending triumvirate. Candy was the blonde channeling Kim Novak and Marilyn Monroe. Could she act? It is hard to say yes and hard to say no. Candy’s biggest role was Candy. Through archival photos, film footage and interviews with contemporaries a picture of who Candy was emerges. She lived a life of glamour in a ghetto accepting handouts from Warhol who made money off of her while eventually throwing her and all the superstars away. In Beautiful Darling it is said “Warhol threw people away the way one tosses out tissues, use them and then they’re done”. Candy lived a marginal existence crashing on sofas in borrowed clothes while Warhol lived in lavish style. All this same time Candy was a warrior of sorts. She was part of a new generation of gender benders that took it further than anyone had so far. They were superstars. Candy, Holly and Jackie thanks to Lou Reed will forever be enshrined in popular culture through “Walk on the Wild Side”. Her life was filled with self obsession as well as sycophants. She was used by another group of people riding on her coat tails. One of them is Jeremiah Newton. He was her friend and lived with her until her untimely death at 29. Mr. Newton seems genuinely love and admire her yet she is still his link to fame. At the end of the film Jeremiah Newton talks about going to Candy’s mother’s home on Long Island. He went to see “the mother” as he calls her and to retrieve Candy’s personal papers he left with as much as he could. Candy’s mother later burned the remains out of shame.