The Mudd Club was the grungy, fabulous White Street den of narrow-tied rock and rollers and too-cool-for-school performance artists that served as an equally amazing antidote to the uptown glitz of Studio 54 in the ’70s. It’s queen was Tina L’Hotsky, a good-time gal who was sort of the downtown Paris Hilton of that time, but way more cerebral–in fact, she wrote and acted (in Kathryn Bigelow‘s biker film The Loveless in ’82), in addition to being an all-around bright eyed party queen. Well, I’m told that Tina just died of cancer and I feel it’s important to remember her place in the clubland history books. I’ll miss you, queen Tina.
Update: Here’s the official death notice.
CHRISTINE LHOTSKY, 56, of Pasadena CA, formerly of Cleveland, died of complications from breast cancer August 16th. Beloved daughter of Genevieve and Jerome (deceased). Widow of Larry Mount (deceased). Survived by her son Noah Lhotsky (son of Mark Rovelli, deceased) and siblings Richard, Margaret Ulas (Robert), Maryanne Nase (Rick), Michael (fiancé Sheri), Joanne Cornelius (Cliff), Frank (fiancé Denise), Paul (Andrea), Mark (Lisa), Suzanne Hager (Brian) and the late Susan and Joseph, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. Christine was a loving mother and friend, talented artist and dedicated social activist. A Memorial Service in celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2008 10:00 am at St. Paul Shrine, 4120 Euclid Ave, Cleveland 44103.