Lynne Margulies Notes - 1998

"The Widow Who Wasn't"

This is a story about a woman who suddenly and unexpectedly found her soulmate. Together they lived and loved, enjoyed the same things (no matter how strange or silly), and shared love, joy, hope and happiness in each other's arms. The man was Andy Kaufman, who's career in show business brought a surreal edge to his life, and to their relationship. The woman was Lynne Margulies, a talented artist, film editor, writer, producer and director. This edge that was only heightened by his unconventional ways. Shared a man's private life, played out in the public forums of streets, stages, and television. She enjoyed a backstage pass to some of his greatest performances. And then as suddenly and unexpectedly has this soulmate appeared, he left away forever. Years have now past and her departed lover seems to once again be in the media spotlight.

She's a talented artist, film editor, and producer.

The oft forgotten cog in the Kaufman wheel. "It's been a humbling - grounding experience." Rarely included in the retrospectives and tributes to Kaufman's short life, lacking the hook of celebrity status.

Andy wasn't a complex man. His characters, put-ons, performances, and elaborate hoaxes weren't therapeutic attempts to hide insecurities or phobias. Andy was Andy - what you saw was what you got.

Alternately embracing and dismissing the thoughts of how things might have been different if she and Andy had married (as he suggested months before his death).

1978 - Appears nude in "Gallery".

1978 - Lynne's first significant film appearance was as "Sarah" in the SciFi cult film classic, "The Aftermath", which was written and directed by Steve Barkett.

1982 - Lynne worked with her brother, Johnny Legend, as an editor, on the film: "My Breakfast with Blassie", starring Andy Kaufman and Fred Blassie. She also appeared in the film in a supporting role. This was the last time Lynne appeared in motion pictures, as she began working on developing her career as a producer.

1983 - According to FilmZone, Lynne along with Joe Orr, wrote, produced and directed the film: "Andy Kaufman: I'm From Hollywood", which was released in 1989.

She met Andy during the filming of "My Breakfast with Blassie" (Lynne's brother, Johnny Legend directed the film). In fact, Lynne plays a significant role in the movie as one of the girls sitting at the table next to Andy and Freddie Blassie. The filming of "Breakfast" was totally improvised and lasted about three-hours. Their relationship began at this moment, latest two years, and (like the movie) was totally improvised. Andy was always convinced that someday he would get cancer, and Lynne wonders whether or not he may have wished it upon himself. The self-fulfilling prophecy came to pass in December of 1983.

When Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote her famous book, "The Stages of Death" she had never heard of Andy Kaufman. Andy had never heard of her and skipped four of the five stages Kubler-Ross describes in her book. Andy (and Lynne) were in denial and never believed that the cancer would kill him.

It's taken 14-years for Lynne to be able to return to Hollywood without feeling the weight of the enormous sadness that engulfed her after Andy's death. "The months after Andy's death were like a fog for me," Lynne recalls, "I was like a zombie, and I think submerging myself into editing the tapes for "I'm From Hollywood" were my only way to deal with pain."

She chuckles when people suggest that Andy staged his death and is really off hiding somewhere, waiting for the right moment to spring his ultimate performance piece on an unsuspecting world-wide audience. "Andy talked about faking his death, but he was concerned over what that might do to his family. Especially his mother, Janice, who suffered a stroke about a year before Andy was diagnosed with the cancer. Andy didn't think she could handle it."

Cancer is an ugly monster that kills from within. It has no remorse and knows no shame. As cancer's go, Andy's was very polite and kind. He never suffered severe pain and the end came quietly on a cloudless spring night in May of 1984. Andy's wicked, yet benevolent illness spread from his lungs to his brain. It squeezed his heartbeat to a stop and peacefully ended his life. He was 35-years old.

Willing to share advice - "When travelling always set your watch to the time zone you're in."

Additional information from other sources:

1985 - 1991 During this time frame, Lynne worked producing television commercials.

1992 - 1994 Having had enough of T.V. commercials, Lynne attended art school, where she earned a degree in painting.

1995 - 1998 During this three-year period of time, Lynne taught painting and drawing at The Academy of Art College, in San Francisco.

1996 - Lynne created the cover art for Jane Doe's book: "Anarchist Farm."

1998 - Presently, Lynne is consulting on a biopic (biographical motion picture) on the life of Andy Kaufman titled: "Man on the Moon", directed by Milos Forman, (scheduled to begin shooting in late July). Jim Carrey won the starring role as Andy while Courtney Love plays Lynne in the film (Lynne was Andy's girlfriend from 1982 until his passing in 1984 from cancer). In addition, Lynne continues pursuing a return to production work and, in her spare time, she is setting up her own art studio.