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already been subsumed by intellectuals

and hacks into America's dream loop, which at the moment of her emergence was equaring muscles with corporate
feminism, muscles with retooled patriotism, muscles with everything desirable. N7orse, other female icons (Jane

Fonda) began calling up, asking for marketing advice on their lutn "exer-

cise" projects; physical movie stars
(Richard Gere) began sniffing around,

going on about "women warriors" ("I was the last stop for a lot of guys who

were-uh-f nding

themselves"X burnt-

out gurus looking for a pit stop (Tim
Leary, Allen Ginsberg) drafted her as leader of "the Next \Vave of American \7omen"; and her couplings and uncouplings with pop culture's great and

fiear-great (Dennis Hopper, Mapplethorpe, Huey Newton and finally Dr. John Lilly, a ndical scientist whose

(through Stanton), who was so smimen that he used to send his limo to to pick her up after class; Rafelson, through Nicholson; Schwa through Rafelson (though she claims they were "just friends," people knew them both laugh at that description: "Schwarzenegger's a borse," fellow actor. "She used to call him Trigger"). "Arnold was an incredibly straight guy then, taking business courses UCLA, wearing awful sport shirts and Sperry Top-Siders," Lisa purrs rx "He'd just done Stay Hungry with Bob, and though I'd danced and kendo fJapanese bamboo-sword fightingJ, I was premy weak and unsure myself. After we met, I watched him work out at the STorld Gym, saw you could do with force of will, and bingo." Actually, Lisa had been working out at the UCLA gym with Richard ing, a music-ethnology teacher whom she briefly wed. But Roz felt daughter had married beneath her, and when Richard was busted for selli singer Tim Buckley the bag of heroin that killed him in 1975,Lisaldc went into [the marriage] for the sense of dange! sort of knowing he'd get into trouble, but I couldo't stay withhim." By now she'd discovered PCP, an animal tranquilizer popular in a form called angel dust in south-central L.A., where the Crips and Bloods it to fire up their fighting spirit. Lisa claimed it had the opposite effect her: "I'd been diagnosed as manic when I was 16, so PCP would calm down. Everyone's biochemistry is different." Lisa used PCP, sometimes

Richard Gere began sniffing ar0und. "l was the last stop for a lot of guys who we Uh-f indrng themselVeS," SayS LiSa. ingly, somerimes in binses, for the next nine years.
ideas on drug use made Leary and Ken

Kesey look like Disney guides) only complicated matters. Lisa was afraid that her higher aspirations were being

"\fhat's fabulous," says Gregory Poe, "is that all during this od when she was winning the bodybuilding championship and represem California sunshine and vitamins on TV, she was absolutely wbackd orr acid, or cocainel And she was stunningly beautiful anyway! The network ple and the judges had no idea!"

ignored just because she was easily bored, that she was beginning to be seen as some kind of RoboSlut-part Hecate, the Hebrew Demiurge; part Brigitte Nielsen, the Vampire of Holmby Hills.

ed with steroids and other postmodern condiments. Ken Sprague, a ha some bodybuilder and sometime gay-porn star, managed the place ambici

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HE scENE AT Goro's Gvlt, THpN LocATED ar 2No AND BRoADvrrr Sunru Monica, was arcane, a formalization of the open-air road show d had been playing on Muscle Beach since \fodd \Var II, but supplerr

met Lisa Lyon at a Hollywood party thrown by Bert Schneider, then key man in the ultraliberal social network that moved the town in the late I97Os. He remembers her "dancing on the level above me," and glancing up to feel a jolt like a stun gun-"This knockout girl, she must
have been

ly, however, determined to lift it out of the gay gheno the way Beae had lifted camp cabaret singing out of the bathhouses. In addition to anonymous beef queens pumping up, oiling and admiring one another, boasted Lou Ferrigno and Arnold himself, both Mr. Universe title destined for greater things. But Lisa was the 6rst woman in the place. she appeared in I9l7 , the men dismissed her as a groupie or a fag hag, Lisa quickly developed an aesthetic ofthe body that left ChiefJay S Don "Ripper Savage" Ross and other ordinary musclemen standing with their towels flapping. Lisa wasn't just a bodybuildel-shs was, she "creating a new standard ofbeauty," an "evolution ofthe concept offemini ty." \fhy, she demanded, "should muscles be considered masculine? If a tiget bounding through the forest, you don't think of it as male or Moreover, why shouldn't the body mirror the spirit? Ken Sprague watched Lisa's progress as avidly as Fagin watched Twist's. After months of obsessive work she could dead-lift 261 pounds squat 285, nearly a record and definitely box office. Although never ri even ridged like subsequent bodybuilders Rachel Mclish and Gladys tugues, she did possess wonderful trapezius muscles and quadriceps and jected a feline sexiness just scary enough to be provocative. Sprague bodybuilder Tony Pearson to let Lisa make a "guest appearance" with hr rhe Mr. Los Angeles contest

l), gave me the longest wink ever seen! I mean, I'd never been utinked at like that before." "He told me I was the greatest white fuck he'd ever had," Lyon says now, dryly. Lisa pursued the men who interested her, always smart hitters, in the classic Hollywood manner: Harry Dean StanI'd
ton, whom she picked up on Santa
Monica Pier and nursed through numerous drinking jags; Jack Nicholson
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doing, posing in gold paint, was "integrating" herself by becoming


before the audience's eyes, an image, a golden statue, confounding "realir.r"'

Gaiiin A-go-go: Above, Lisa flexes on the cover of a Japanese department-

of her body, her narcissism, were "traps" n'henue got "caught," but these were only "way stations'" m irr most of the audience journey to "clarity." "Lisa knew that to really see, you had to confront r by
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own darkness-sexual, emotional and intellectual- and in those days was fearless. In fact, she's the only person I've ever met-and I was with Ti Leary for five years-who could make darkness visible to everyone who
her. "

store brochure; /eff, the gold-painted,
nude performance art that hit Japan harder than baseball

in love with a Helmut Newton shot of Lisa hanging from a trapeze in her loft. Shozo Tsurumoto, a
yake had fallen
successful magazine publisher who had a loose arrangement with Miyake, saw her in a Susan Kaiser Vogel "living in-

stallation," nude but for a layer of
graphite, and immediately offered to be her "manager for Japan " Soon Lisa

found herself in a series of art events produced with the Laforet shopping

center called "The Next \Vave of American \fomen." She preceded Molissa Fenley, Cindy Sherman and Laurie Anderson; before long she was
earning $10,000 a day.
Lisa was nervous going in, so

For the Japanese the point was moot. Shozo Tsurumoto had a hit on hu hands. Lisa Lyon was ubiquity itself through 1984 and '85. She was drafted by the Seibu department store as its symbol, appearing flexed sensual in a series of ads with cute Japanese kids miming her muscles, and a two-story billboard on the front of Laforet's main building. She had own TV show. She became the muse and mistress of Tadanori Yokoo- a mous painter who introduced her to serious artists while Tsurumoto the popular press. She commuted from California regularly. Meanwhile, Frankie was feeling neglected. "He was a nice guy," sap fu "but he was really dumb." After he learned of Lisa's involvement with Y he'd bang on her hotel door, wearing only iockey shorts, screaming that was "a nigger-lover." High on coke, he exposed himself in an elevator mild little Tsurumoto assistant, boasting, "You Japs may have I'on peace, but we still have the biggest dicks!" After he was caught cash, Mr. Tsuromoto had him escorted to the airport and deported. His replacement was Carlos Soto, a blond Puerto Rican hairdresser looked like Billy Idol. \7hen they were in the States, Carlos lived in Venice loft and gradually became her assistant, secretary and male nr@ "She had unrealistic expectations about what was happening to her in about Tadanori Yokoo,", says Cados. "He was married, an established figxtdrcil Japanese culture-he wasn't going to leave all that {ot a gaijin [foreign barianl." "She was seen as sexy, Iike Alain Delon or Marilyn Monroe. she was so foreign," explains Rande Ouchi. "I don't think the in stuffcounted." "Once you're overexposed in Japan," says Kaiser Vogel-'1



dition to Ouchi, who spoke fluent
Japanese, and Kaiser Vogel, who was directing what would be Lisa's greatest

market-loyalty factor virtually disappears." Lisa had been careful in the beginning to go easy on her drug Japanese narcotics laws are Draconian, even for mariiuana, but as her multiplied-"I was in a fight-or-flight state for weeks at a time"---she cumbed. She had a pharmacy of prescription upPers and downers, plun caine and PCP, which she crushed into granules and smuggled in wiffi blue eyeliner. "She'd smoke it before going to bed," remembers Carlosand sticky dust-she didn't seem to care. "She wasn't looking good," says Carlos. "She was bloated." Some cpictures taken in Japan at the time show a matronly Lisa bravels among her Asian fans, but with big dewlaps of flesh spoiling the grcm line. "She was missing meetings, I was speaking for her, signing But, you know, I couldn't do it for het" Things collapsed in 1986 during the shooting of a Sony-sponsorcd building TV special in Hawaii. "Lisa was geting incoherent," Carlos sadly. "Nobody wanted to go on."

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used the name Frankie Desiderio.
Frankie was a Gold's veteran; a drillmaster for Drumrner, a gay-S&M porn
magazine; and a convicted felon (dope,

prostitution). "He was just what she needed at the time," says Kaiser Vogel

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1974, after three weeks of hourly ke-

tamine injections, Lilly flew to the East Coast to warn President Ford and media leaders of an imminent "danger to the human race involving atomic energy and computers." The \7hite House aide who answered his phone call from a New York hotel suite politely stiffed the doctog so he flew to Dartmouth, his old medical school, to try to explain matters to more sentient listeners. They put him

in the Mary Hitchcock Hospital. Lilly
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agreement. Signed Mapplethorpes would get up to $55,000 at Christie's three years later, but unsigned ones were problematic. (He eventually signed.) Since her return she'd been having seizures. At least once a month Carlos would find her having spasms, load her into her Mercedes, call Roz and tell her to meet him at Cedars-Sinai. But this time he found her in the bathroom, blue, her arm in the bowl. Carlos has a nursing certificate, and he got her into bed, put cold compresses on her head and talked her awake. He fed her tea. He told her she was dying, that she'd been "raped by intelligence" and that he wouldn't allow Lilly to come to the loft anymore. "It's him or me," Carlos said, feeling dispensable. "But they had a weird thing going. I don't pretend to understand itmaybe it's some kind of banle for power. Maybe she's even winning. . . . "

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senger." But with Lisa Lyon he'd
glimpsed another chance at expansion. "The mind is infinite," he liked to say. "It keeps growing dendrites as you keep
learning." The problem was the body.

down from the A-frame loft. "S7hat time is it?" "After five. The sun's sinking." "I don't like the sun," she purrs. "Besides the radiation,




1987 to find the Venice loft dark. He called to Lisa, but there was no answer. She'd been to New York, to Beth Israel Hospital, to see Robert Mapplethorpe, who'd been diagnosed with AIDS. She'd gone to his room, blasted, looked at him, sick "but trying to deny it," and gone into the bathroom to smoke PCP. She'd come out loaded, lipstick smeared all over her face, insisting she hadn't done anything. "She was acting like an absurd child," says Lynn

number on the pesticide they spray along the coast. It actually kills the children. Put some music on, will you?" For a famous beauty, she spends no time on her toilette. Some lipstick, an artfully ripped T-shirt, which shows her areolae. Proud black tights, rocker boots, a tail that she lashes like a dancer inCats. She feeds D. D. Puss, her pampered kiny, bumping around in the semidark-"I hate the light"-and makes tea. "Can you conceive of a trillion dollars?" she says. "Do you know the war in the Gulf can generate that much in defense-economy 'optimism'? I mean, it's like tricking! The big-time arms manufacturers and aircraft people get stirnulated by the action! As corruptionists go, sweetie, Saddam Hussein is a litcle jerk compared with Bush!" The plan is to go visit Lilly, whom Lisa calls Dad, up on his mountain, but first she has to field some calls. Adam Trombly, a maverick scientist who specializes in seismography and messages from deep space, has checked in from Spain; Roy Tuckman of KPFK Radio, with whom Lisa has been working, has called from San Francisco; Marisela Nofte, the East L.A. Chicana poet, wants to talk about a reading.... "I don't really plan it, but I'm up all night," Lisa says. "I seem to get more done, you know? And at night, you pick up signals."

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Davis, who was there, "and it became clear to Robert that whatever he was in for, this woman wasn't capable of offering him anything." "Robert was affracted to glamour and liked to see his friends do well," says Rande Ouchi,
who was also there. "Lisa was obviously falling She'd slumped against ^part." "I'm a little tired," she'd adthe wall: mined. "I just have to lie down." She fell asleep for four hours, and Mapplethorpe never spoke to her again.
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c0nstructive w?y," Mapplethorpe told Lisa. "Besides, the tll0unds heal fast."

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sensitized like I have, you pick up radio and TV stuff." "You mean-without turning on the set?" She takes a baby bonle filled with "lemonade" from the fridge. "You'd better not.write that, dear. Ready?"

in the European straight-arm racing style, her Saab 900 whipping right on an unmarked roller coaster of a road without guardrails, into the
Coast range; the rise and fall is breathless, and so is the velocity; fueled by nips on the baby bottle, her talk soon matches her speed. Lisa is a big-

terrified of getting AIDS-"Robert
warned me never to say that we'd slept together, but 1 knew"-and equally upset that Robert might not get around to signing 112 photos frcm Lady he'd

time monologuist, in the awesome league of Neal Cassady and Robin \Tilliams. There is a Formula One quality to her sentences, as if she were afraid the phrase behind might skid and blow our its syntax if she paused:
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