Jill Krementz covers Patricia Bosworth’s The Men in My Life : A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950’s Manhattan

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Patti Bosworth with the poster of her book, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950's Manhattan.

Patricia Bosworth is the best selling biographer of Diane Arbus, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda.  She has been a journalist for as long as I can remember writing profiles for The New York Times and Life Magazine;She is now a contributing editor for Vanity Fair.

Patti Bosworth photographed by Jill Krementz in 1964 backstage in her dressing room during the run of Mary, Mary.

Before Bosworth was a writer she was an actress, learning her craft at the famed Actor’s Studio from Lee Strassberg and working with Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe.

I met Patti in 1964 when I photographed her in her dressing room on Broadway where she was the understudy for Tiffany in Jean Kerr’s Mary Mary. Even then she had a typewriter on her dressing table.

On Monday night, André Bishop and HarperCollins hosted a party to celebrate the publication of Patti’s searingly honest memoir of her life during the ’50s — years filled with drama that wasn’t always on the stage. For Bosworth, it was a decade of dazzling glamour mixed with torrid romances, an abusive marriage, a divorce, and the loss of the two pivotal men in her life — her father and her younger brother who both committed suicide.

Patti herself almost died after an abortion while she was appearing opposite Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story.

It is a page-turning story of survival, love, loss and grit.


Billy Norwich, André Bishop, Patti Bosworth, and Liz Smith.
L. to r.: Pia Lindström; Christopher Lehmann-Haupt.
Gay Talese and Molly Haskell. Molly has just published a book, A Life in Films, about Steven Spielberg.
Writer Phillip Lopate with his daughter Lily, who now works for HarperCollins. Phillip is a film critic, poet, esayist, fiction writer and teacher.
Brad Gooch and HarperCollins VP Jonathan Burnham. Brad’s recent bio of the Sufi poet Rumi was also published by HarperCollins.
Left: Douglas Schwalbe is Patti’s sweetheart.
Right: André Bishop and his right hand everything, Julia Judge.
Margot Jefferson and Bob Weil. Margo’s memoir, Negroland, is about growing up in a postwar elite black American society. Bob is the one who initally encouraged Patti to write her memoir.
L. to r.: Steven Aronson is working on a biography of Richard Avedon; Author Leslie Garis.
Margot Jefferson and Charles Kaiser. 
Patti Bosworth and Maria Cooper Janis.
Dinitia Smith, author of The Honeymoon, with Annie Navasky.
Victor Navasky and Charles Kaiser.
André Bishop welcoming guests to The Vivian Beaumont Theater.
L. to r.: André Bishop and his guest of honor; Pia Lindström and Molly Haskell.
Left: Susan Lehman, who works for The New York Times, with Jesse Kornbluth.
Right: Joan Juliet Buck, Susan Lehman, and Jesse Kornbluth.
Left: Dinitia Smith and her husband David Nasaw. Mr. Nasaw is an historian and the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the Graduate Center. Most recently, he wrote a biography of Joseph Kennedy.
Right:  Liz Smith and Billy Norwich.
Left: Pia Lindström on her way out.
Right: Phillip Lopate with his wife Cheryl and their daughter Lily heading home to Brooklyn.

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