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.
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.