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Andy Kaufman told at least FIFTEEN people that he planned to fake his death:
Most of his closest friends think he could have.
Some of these people say they helped him do it.
Andy was diagnosed with large cell carcinoma in November 1983.
This form of lung cancer is aggressive with high mortality rates.
Andy was a non-smoking vegetarian health nut since his 20s.
He told friends it was eating chocolate that gave him cancer.
When asked if he was really sick, he never gave a straight answer.
He didn’t tell his family until near the very end.
He visited a quack clinic in a Hollywood strip mall that was open only a few years.
The holistic doctors allegedly treated his left arm with radiation.
He said he was told to flush out the disease with tea and fasting.
He consequently lost many pounds, looking like a typical cancer patient.
His girlfriend Lynne admits she shaved his head. He kept his chest hair.
In March, Andy flew to the Philippines for psychic surgery.
It has been debunked as medical fraud, entirely placebo effect.
A healer claims to remove disease from the body with his hands.
It is a sleight-of-hand trick using chicken blood and guts as tumors.
Andy was obsessed with magic, carnival, and illusion.
He learned to levitate, swallow swords, and more.
He had to know that this was fake.
Dr. Rubins projected that he would not live past 1984.
Andy had a passport that did not expire until 1986.
This should have been sufficient for his trip, which was only a few weeks.
Canceled early, the replacement was good until 1994, another ten years.
His death certificate says he passed on May 16, 1984 at Cedars Sinai Hospital.
Four years before he announced his illness, he wrote a screenplay where his character dies of cancer in Cedars Sinai Hospital and reappears alive at the end. He pitched the movie to Universal Pictures, but eventually got dismissed.
Andy Kaufman’s social security number is not listed in the Social Security Administrations death index.
His SSN is still active and has listed many addresses over the past thirty years.
None of these belong to his relatives, their companies, or the family estate.
>>> Death certificates are occasionally used to fake a person’s death for insurance fraud and to evade law enforcement officials or irate relatives. “Official” Los Angeles County death certificates, for example, were readily available in the mid-1990s for between $500 and $1,000 each. For fraudulent purposes, people have often used death certificates from remote nations and from countries in turmoil. <<<
“Andy changed the face of comedy forever by lurching across boundaries that no one knew existed. He was the boy who made life his playground and never stopped playing, even when the games proved too dangerous for others. And in the end he would play alone, just as he had when it was all only beginning.
In Lost in the Funhouse, Bill Zehme sorts through a life of disinformation put forth by a master of deception to uncover the motivation behind the manipulation.”
His career includes a series of pranks and hoaxes.
He was always looking to be legendary.
What is real? What is fake?
That’s the Andy way.
You can keep your warped sense of humor here for a few years, YOU BUM!
In February 1981, Kaufman hosted Fridays, a sketch comedy show like SNL.
He invited singer Kathie Sullivan on stage to sing a few gospel songs with him.
Andy was friends with Ron Jeremy (porn star), Hugh Hefner (Playboy), and Dennis Hof (Bunny Ranch Brothel).
He allegedly slept with all the 42 girls at the Mustang Ranch Brothel.
Zmuda says that Andy preferred bigger, muscular girls who were more equipped for wrestling.
He also speculates that it satisfied Andy’s gay fantasies. Andy’s last girlfriend also said he was bisexual.
Toward the end of his career, Andy started wrestling women in the south.
He dated Mimi Lambert, the Florida woman he wrestled on Saturday Night Live.
“If I do go ahead with my plan, I will do so by pretending to have cancer,” Andy said to her and others.
It was informally called the “National College Sex Concert Tour” by his partner, Bob.
He offered between 500 to 1000 dollars, as well as his hand in marriage, to any woman who could pin him.
‘Andy Kaufman: I Hate Your Guts!’ is available on Amazon.
Female wrestler Deena Zarra is reported to have pinned Andy during the Carnegie Hall show.
He wrestled Playboy playmate Susan Smith and mud wrestler Robin Kelly (Red Snapper).
He beat five women, then lost to Ronnie Sigmond during a non-title bout held at Chippendale’s in Los Angeles.
Journalists Margaret McMullan and Cindy Flanagan Lamb said they beat (and dated) him too.
Margaret McMullan (author):
Andy went on dates with Glamour editor Margaret McMullan in late 1983 while he was staying with his parents because his mother was ill.
“He challenged me to a wrestling match. Not on stage, but privately, backstage, behind the bleachers, not in front of anyone. I pinned him midway. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t difficult either. I straddled him, holding him by his wrists for a long time. He asked if the recorder was still on. I said yes. He reached over and turned it off. He said I had to promise I wouldn’t tell anyone about this.”
“He looked pale. He kept coughing. He said he didn’t want to meet anyone and he stuck his head inside my over-sized bag.”
“He said he had come by to take me to tea. He said he had a cold and a cough and he was fasting. He said he was purifying himself. A yogi in LA taught him to fast flues out. But he could have tea.”
“He said then that he was going somewhere, on a trip, to the Philippines perhaps, and that I should go with him. He looked me in the eye as he spoke.”
“Was the illness or the treatment wreaking havoc on his moods? Not long after tea with Andy, I read in Page Six that he beat up a photographer, or was it a fan? His anger came quickly and out of nowhere, I could see that.”
Elayne Boosler (comedian):
Andy dated Elayne in his early days of stand-up at The Improv in New York. He later brought her onto his television special, where they got in an argument about their past that seemed real in parts, but was obviously staged.
“Andy was amused that so many people took the news of his illness as just another Kaufman put-on. I asked him to tell me that it was. Men. They never tell you what you want to hear.”
“Andy never gave up hope. He didn’t intend to die. Near the end he took to sleeping with his eyes open just to make sure. When death came, early in the twilight of a warm Los Angeles evening, it was met with two unflinching eyes. When the nurse tried to close them, they just opened again. I remembered a reviewers words: ‘This guy doesn’t know when to get off.’ I laughed.”
Laurie Anderson (musical satirist who later married Lou Reed) once dated and collaborated with Kaufman in the late 70s and has mentioned him in her spoken word poetry and songs.
“We used to go out to Coney Island to work on stuff. I was his straight man, and I used to tag along with him because I adored him. I was just a major fan. So we would go out to the ‘Test Your Strength’ booth and we would stand around and just make fun of everyone who was doing it. I was supposed to beg him for a stuffed bear. And after a while, people would get sick of his taunting and say, ‘Well, why don’t you try it?’ And he tried it and hit, like, level one of 20. And then he would start complaining, ‘This is rigged. I want to see the manager!’ It was really very funny.”
“I have never been one that hoped that Elvis is still hanging around somewhere, hiding, but I will probably always expect to see Andy reappear, someday.”
He dated Elizabeth Wolynski (photographer in Las Vegas) for a while. She took the portrait of Andy in the hooded sweatshirt. This print was given as a prize for the Andy Kaufman Award 2013, when the “daughter” hoax occurred.
Andy fathered a child with Gloria Acre (Schwartz) when he was in college.
Andy and his parents proposed a shotgun marriage, but the Acres were not pleased.
The infant, Maria Colonna, was given for adoption shortly after birth.
She later reconnected with the Kaufman family, but after Andy’s passing.
It was reported that Andy continued having relations with Gloria all throughout his career.
It was also suggested that he was seeing his assistant Linda Mitchell. He stayed at her apartment often.
“Bev Cholakian (Bloomberg) is Andy’s unrequited love from Detroit,” Zmuda says. “She didn’t, couldn’t put up with his philandering.”
She got him the job at Posh Bagel. Beverly would remember, “Andy went beserk and screamed, ‘How could you do that to me! I could have gotten laid!’ I mean, can you believe that? He had never talked to me like that before. So I ran to the back of the deli and locked myself in a room while he kept screaming. Then we saw him drive off in a rage, swerving and screeching like a madman.” And, of course, they mended again, for a while again, since she wanted to marry him and all.) Bev later worked as a screenwriter and actor, and is now an author.
Kathy Utman–she was a roommate of Prudence Farrow’s–and her spritely air and small mellifluous voice enchanted him completely. He had never met such a blissful being–even among all of the other blissful ones. Diminutive, childlike, she seemed to sprinkle love petals wherever she stepped; he often compared her to a pixie named Piccoli from some story he knew–“He said I was like this little fairytale pixie person who came to earth and her job was to make people love each other more and to especially teach all the little boys how to love,” she would recall, giggling. He also said that she reminded him of Little Eva from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and sent her the book with all of the Little Eva parts marked up. He wrote her fanciful, delirious letters–signed them I could just eat you up or MBFUA!!! (“He said that was the sound of a kiss.”) She was a cloud; she loved him back like a cloud might love, couldn’t fully commit because she knew he couldn’t either really–“I was a little bit careful,” she said. But they would play together–when on park lawns he insisted they run in slow motion toward each other with open arms flapping–and she would come to New York early on to see his act at the Bitter End et al. and they maintained an understanding that she, as a cloud, would sweetly hover nearby throughout his life, which she in fact did, more or less, even when she married other guys and in between those marriages as well.
“He always said we would live together when we were old.
He also said that he heard bells whenever he stood near me.”
Andy dated artist/actress Lynne Margulies (Osgood) during the last two years of his life. They had an open relationship.
She accompanied him to the Philippines for his psychic surgery cancer treatment by Jun Labo.
“When we moved into the house in Pacific Palisades in 1984, Andy suggested we get married. I told him we should wait until he got better.” – Lynne
Andy dated artist/actress Lynne Margulies during the last two years of his life, but they had an open relationship.
She accompanied him to the Philippines for his psychic surgery cancer treatment by Jun Labo.
“When we moved into the house in Pacific Palisades in 1984, Andy suggested we get married. I told him we should wait until he got better.”
Margulies says that she suspected Andy was bi after he insisted on moving to the Castro District. He would disappear for hours claiming he was working on his book in a coffee shop. She also confirmed that he preferred women with a male build, particularly body builders.
She says Andy had an erection after wrestling Lawler. She also confirmed that he liked his women to “play dead.”
She says that while overseas for treatment, Andy admitted to her and Zmuda that he was gay.
“Only the book’s co-author doesn’t think he’ll be coming back. Margulies writes that a friend told her Kaufman moved to San Francisco after faking his death, only to die of AIDS a few years later.”
People with AIDS are likely to die of cancer, pneumonia, and hepatitis, all illnesses Andy allegedly had.
“We used to discuss the proper — you know, I thought he was just kidding — but what would be the ‘proper’ amount of time to go away for, after he ‘died.’ And at first it was 10 years, but then he decided, No, 10 years wasn’t enough. Twenty years would be good. Ten years — he could see someone going away for that long. But 20 years… Or even a year. But who would even think of doing it in the first place? …He always said just ‘go away.’ …He’d just… disappear. …Aruba. That’s where Andy used to talk about going.”
“I used to get really mad at him,” Lynne tells me. “I mean, I’d get really, really mad at him. I’d say, ‘You’re gonna talk yourself into getting cancer.’ …Just in normal conversation. Like, I remember one time I was talking about a friend of mine who was dying of cancer.
And Andy said, ‘Yeah, well, you’ll see. That’ll be me, too.’ Or he’d go to the doctor, you know, to get a checkup. And he’d say, ‘Okay, okay, tell me. I’ve got cancer, right?’ And the doctor would say, ‘Andy, you’re perfectly healthy.’ He was obsessed with it.”
“Everything he did was designed to confuse or piss people off.”
“Andy made me promise to get his work out into the world so that he wasn’t forgotten, so people would see his work as a whole and recognize what he was doing, which they didn’t do while he was alive.”
She released the “Andy and his Grandmother” audio tapes where you can hear a brainstorming session with Zmuda about the death hoax.
Margulies, who doesn’t appear on the tapes, as they were recorded before her relationship, also thinks Kaufman could still be alive and “pranking people, but, just not looking like himself.” She also agrees that the guy in the black and white footage doesn’t look anything like an older Andy. “Andy was a purist and if he was going to fake his own death, he would go all the way with it.”
As far as Maddox being Andy’s illegitimate son, Margulies says, “I don’t know the guy. I assume it’s a fan out of control, but it’s a fan who loves keeping the Andy mystery alive, which is the beauty of Andy.”
Also, Margulies says, Kaufman’s Taxi residual are being ‘sent to his parents’ address.”
“I was in the hospital room. I was there. They would have had to switch bodies.”
Lynne Margulies has a song on her new album called “Watch the Illusions” written by her brother Steve. She wrote a poem called “Howl” that discusses her emotional pain after Andy passed.
Lynne also owns a number of web domains, many registered 2014, under her old art studio address (she now lives in South Beach, OR.
http:www.ozlandofthepacific.com is one.
A fair amount of evidence in the books point to this continent [the land of oz] as being envisioned as somewhere in the southern Pacific Ocean. An argument against the South Pacific is that the seasons in Oz are shown as the same seasons in the United States at the same time. In addition, in The Wishing Horse of Oz, Pigasus follows the North Star when he flies to Thunder Mountain, which could only be done in the Northern Hemisphere.
Ruth Plumly Thompson asserts in her first Oz book, The Royal Book of Oz, that the language of Oz is English, which also suggests European or American influence.
Palm trees grow outside the Royal Palace in the Emerald City, and horses are not native to Oz, illustrations and descriptions of round-shaped and domed Ozite houses suggest a non-Western architecture.
Hmm island in the pacific in the Northern Hemisphere that shares American culture…. Hawaii?
From Andy Kaufman Lives archives:
“I equate my “Game Plan’ to a Big Ole Octopus with each person or scenario being an arm” he said, “No one arm knew what the other arms were up to or doing. I was the head and made the arms move to and fro so to speak. (I think this is where the Wizzard name came from. The Wizard of Oz got to hide behind the curtain and pull the strings to make the “arms” move about.) It’s still one of my favorite movies and on point.”
I Faked My Own Death – Plan A: Wizzard of Oz
“Andy and I worked together back in the day, and I feel like we became really pretty close friends. I know that Andy talked even back then a lot about the idea that the ultimate prank that he could ever pull would be to fake his own death and then come back 10 or 15 years later.”
“I would like nothing better than to know that Andy was still alive and been with us all this time But like anybody else, I really don’t know any more than what I’ve heard.
It could be a great hoax in his honor, dreamed up by his friend Bob Zmuda and his brother, Michael. That would be something that would be in keeping with Andy’s tradition, but who’s to say. It could really be legit.”
When asked if perhaps the scene at the awards could have been a hoax executed from beyond the grave with help from Kaufman’s brother Michael, Lawler said: “[Michael] was not like Andy at all in the sense that I wouldn’t think of Michael as the kind of guy who would pull off the practical jokes that Andy did or the elaborate ruses that Andy did. I don’t know. I know that Michael said that he did find this essay that Andy wrote going into detail about how he would go about faking his own death and that sort of thing. I don’t know. I really don’t know.”
Lawler challenged Kaufman, if he really is alive, to climb back into the ring. “There should be a WrestleMania rematch between Andy and The King. We could rekindle the feud with no problem.”
“I had a couple of thoughts. Andy and I worked together back in the day, and I feel like we became really pretty close friends. I know that Andy talked even back then a lot about the idea that the ultimate prank that he could ever pull would be to fake his own death and then come back 10 or 15 years later.”
“Andy was down doing one of our Memphis wrestling TV shows the day that he told me that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He was coughing through an interview that he was doing and afterwards he apologized and said, ‘Man, I just got diagnosed with lung cancer.’ I thought at the time, I said, ‘Oh my gosh, here we go.’ I said, ‘Andy, come on,’ and he said, ‘I’m serious.’ So I always had that little bit of a doubt.”
That doubt only grew after Kaufman’s funeral, which he said was closed casket and only attended by close family. “That always made me a little skeptical as well.”
“One of the main things he talked about was the best prank or scam he could pull would be to fake his own death,” said Lawler.
“Somebody asked me, ‘What if Andy walked up to you today, what would you say to him?’ And I said I’d give him a big hug and say, “Andy you did it. You pulled it off.’ ”
Jimmy Hart announced that Andy had cancer. The fans in the studio either don’t believe it or are happy about it. Jimmy says that King gave Andy cancer. In addition to Lawler, Andy also fought with and against The Assassins, who both wore lucha libre masks.