Miss D & Me

Miss D & Me

Life With the Invincible Bette Davis

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"A deeply personal account of Bette Davis's harrowing but inspiring final years--from the woman who knew her best of all. Miss D & Me is a story of two powerful women--one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning--and how they changed each other forever. As Bette Davis aged, she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn Sermak: a loyal and loving confidante, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent worker whom she trained to never miss a detail. But Miss D, as Kathryn called her, had strict rules for Kathryn about everything from how to eat a salad to how to wear her hair--even changing the spelling of Kathryn's name (she added the y). For ten years, Kathryn was at Miss D's side--first as an employee and then as her closest friend. Throughout their time together, Kathryn had a front-row seat to Davis's late-career renaissance, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed her beloved boss and benefactor. Miss D & Me is an intimate account of the last years of the unique and formidable Bette Davis--a tale of extreme kindness, unfailing loyalty, breathtaking style, and the beautiful friendship that endured through it all."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316507844
Characteristics: viii, 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Morton, Danelle - Author
Alternative Title: Miss D and me


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Mar 05, 2018

I would recommend this book only to hard-core Bette Davis fans. The book focuses on the last 10 years or so of Ms. Davis' life, and reveals a strong, committed, and professional actor, and a woman who loved her children very much. The book is very much about Ms. Davis' day-to-day life, and about her relationship with the author, which is interesting. But the writing is mediocre at best, and not very engaging. The author admits to working on this book, off and on, for more than 25 years. Since we had already waited this long, I wish the publishers had taken a few extra months to do a thorough and substantive edit.

Bette was a true original and this memoir is insightful, thoughtful, and revealing - but in a loving and respectful way. It's not sugar-coated, it's a candid but fair reflection of the author's time with one of the most famous women of the 20th century.


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