For 10 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.
"America loved Bette Davis for the great star she was. I had the privilege of being her friend. She lived by good old-fashioned Yankee standards; she expected much and gave much; she was forthright, honest, and had a great sense of humor. Kathryn Sermak's book is a beautifully insightful look at the real Bette Davis." (George Hamilton)
"Miss D & Me is a fascinating look at the life of this indomitable star and her young assistant, Kathryn, during the last 10 years of Miss Davis's life. It is their inspirational journey, which begins with Miss D as mentor - instructing Kathryn in every detail of work as well as the social graces - and ultimately leads to a devoted friendship. I highly recommend it." (Ann-Margret)
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Wonderful Insight into who Bette really was!
- Laura H.
It truly revealed the intimate side of Bette Davis and gives interesting insight into who she was. I just wish they'd gotten a professional narrator. It's not always the best idea to let the author read the text. While taking this book in I really grew to love Kath but she read it like a nursery rhyme. That said, I think it's one the best books out there about Bette Davis.