Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316507844
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 349,669
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Sermak is the co-founder of the Bette Davis Foundation and co-executor of the Bette Davis Estate. In addition to Bette Davis, Kathryn has been personal assistant to HH Princess Shams Pahlavi; French actress, Isabelle Adjani; the statesman and journalist, Pierre Salinger; astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Motown Founder, Berry Gordy Jr.; famed American designer, Patrick Kelly; and the co-creator of Where's Waldo, Michael Gornall. Kathryn was also among the first to receive the Personal Assistant Career Award in 2003. Visit her at missdandme.com.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

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

Acknowledgments 275

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