'Death of a Supermodel' spoofs 'Biography' series At a glance

October 27, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

She was beautiful, thin and nasty. Yep, Milo had it all.

Comedy Central's "Unauthorized Biography: Milo -- Death of a Supermodel" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m.) manages to skewer fame, the '70s, supermodels, photography-as-art, punk rock and probably a few other things I didn't pick up on right away. But most of all, it skewers A&E's "Biography" franchise and its penchant for telling the lives of the less-than-deservedly famous.

Written by and starring comedian Lizz Winstead, who says she was inspired by a "Biography" of Lance Ito, "Death of a Supermodel" chronicles Milo's life from her childhood in one of those "big square states," through her "discovery" by photographer Hans Peter Christian (who caused an uproar in the New York art scene with his pictures of her nude, covered with spiders), her drug years, her reputation as one of the nastiest people in the Big Apple ("She stole a lot" reminisces Debbie Harry), her 4 1/2 -year stay in a drug rehab house and her comeback, cut woefully short by a deranged fan.

"Death of a Supermodel" may not be the most genteel satire ever written, but like its subject, in its nastiness lies its allure.

Pub Date: 10/27/97

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