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listening to all of these artists with Elda singing along. Before she moved out of the house, she was studying art at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. There was a very big NYC public school teacher strike that seemed to go on forever, and the Principals took volunteer parents to be teachers for a day or 2. Elda was my 3rd grade teacher. She taught us how to draw portraits with pastels. Elda loved music. She loved artists. She loved anyone who had a different view of the world and engaged in expressing their views creatively. She was a non-conformist. I have so many stories of nights out with her, wild nights, like going to The Ritz on New Years where we sat at a table with the beautiful Anita Pallenberg. Elda was beautiful herself and she was superbly sexual. As most people who knew her would agree, she was way ahead of her time. Someone recently remarked to me that she was Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's) before Karen O. She was a trend setter and was turned on by others with that gift. She wanted to be famous but she wanted to be a free artist more. I was down on my luck for a spell and Elda got me up to Palenville and into the studio with Owen Swenson. She started me on the road to finding my confidence again. She focused me on my talents and in all honesty, I could do no wrong in her eyes. She was the only person I ever knew who completely backed me on anything and everything. She was my encouragement and my confidante. Elda and I would speak for hours and hours and hours on the phone. We laughed and laughed. She was very funny and very optimistic. She was also very political and opinionated about her politics. When she lived downtown, she was friends with the Yippies, the Hells Angels, the Drag Queens. She loved to run into people. She was happiest when she met someone new a fascinating, people of all walks of life. She made friends fast as she was so full of love. She loved to invite people into her world (whichever world she was living at the time). She was a chameleon and changed with the times with more ease than most people. She loved to be on the stage. She was a born performer. She adored the attention and she liked to see how she could affect those she performed for. She also loved the idea of immersing herself in the content of her performance and twisting it and bending it conceptually. I believe she considered herself a conceptual performance artist, not just a singer in a band. She had no prejudices and was non-judgmental about anyone but politicians. She was a very honest person in a dishonest world. She despised the idea of being "politically correct" I loved that about her. She was a rebel, and she was fiercely committed to her beliefs. She was the most brave, independent and loving person I have known in my life. Accomplishments - yeah - her output was diversified from making records to quilting to executive producing to writing, etc. etc., and she was very, very bright. But beyond those things, in that petite body of hers, there was just simply the mesmerizing Elda. --Diane Gentile more from Diane Gentile with Meg Emerson:      Elda Gentile, AKA Elda Stiletto passed away on August 6th, 2018. She is survived by her son Branch Emerson, her daughter in-law Megan Emerson and her 3 young grandchildren Caleigh, Aidan and Finn. Elda was born on November 7, 1949 to John and Julia Gentile. She was raised in Astoria, Queens with her 7 siblings: John, Julie, Peter, Diane, Eddie, Denise and Bobby. Elda's foray into the art world began when she attended the School of Visual Arts. She met and

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