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20Dec

Eve Babitz, chronicler of 1960s and 70s Hollywood excess, dies aged 78

Babitz’s witty dispatches from Los Angeles featured everyone from Jim Morrison to Steve Martin and made her a cult figure to a generation

Eve Babitz, the Hollywood bard, muse and reveller who with warmth and candour chronicled the excesses of her city in the 1960s and 1970s and became a cult figure to generations of readers, has died. She was 78.

Babitz biographer Lili Anolik confirmed that she died of complications from Huntington’s disease on Friday afternoon, at a Los Angeles hospital.

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