For ten years Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis's side--first as an employee, and then as her closest friend--and in Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star's harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear.
Miss D and Me is a story of two powerful women, one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning. As Bette Davis aged she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn: a loyal and loving buddy, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent assistant whom she trained never to miss a detail. But Miss D had strict rules for Kathryn about everything from how to eat a salad to how to wear her hair...even the spelling of Kathryn's name was changed (adding the "y") per Miss D's request. Throughout their time together, the two grew incredibly close, and Kathryn had a front-row seat to the larger-than-life Davis's career renaissance in her later years, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed Miss D.
The frame of this story is a four-day road trip Kathryn and Davis took from Biarritz to Paris, during which they disentangled their ferocious dependency. Miss D and Me is a window into the world of the unique and formidable Bette Davis, told by the person who perhaps knew her best of all.
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Table of Contents
1 I Have a Hunch About You 16
2 On the Set in London 34
3 The Pygmalion Year 60
4 Family Reunion 90
5 All for Love 119
6 Gigi's Return 136
7 The Battle Begins 150
8 Back in California 164
9 Pierre's Visit 173
10 The Breakdown in San Ysidro 187
11 On the Beach in Malibu 200
12 A Farewell from Bede 212
13 Road Trip: Day One-Biarritz to Bordeaux 221
14 Road Trip: Day Two-Bordeaux to Poitiers 236
15 Road Trip: Day Three-Poitiers to Orleans 244
16 Road Trip: Day Four-Orleans to Paris 253
Afterword: Denouement in San Sebastian 258
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book so much and could not put it down. Read the book in 2 evenings!
This is truly a most fascinating book chronicling some amazing experiences working with the grand actress, Bette Davis. Its very personal to the feelings of the author in her relationship and how everything progressed to where they shared a very respectful and loving relationship. It wonderful that Ms. Sermak was able to provide love and care to the elderly actress, but also what she learned in return from her. Its an amazing read. I am not the most avid reader these days, but I could not put this one down.
I loved this book, I started it and could not put it down.
Really enjoyed it.
After having loved "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" and watching "Feud" on TV, I was very excited to get the chance to read this book. I have always loved that movie and the ensuing "feud" behind the scenes. This book was perhaps one of the more interesting memoirs that I have read written by someone who knew the star and spent time with them. I loved the technique and style that was used in writing this book and certainly enjoyed reading it. A person could tell that the author truly felt a lot for the star. And, of course, seeing the personal side of Bette Davis, a true coup. Thanks to Hatchett Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.