From Patricia Bosworth - acclaimed biographer of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brando, and Jane Fonda - comes a series of vivid confessions about her remarkable journey into womanhood. This deeply felt memoir is the story of a woman who defied repressive 1950s conventions while being shaped by the notable men in her life.
Born into privilege in San Francisco as the children of famous attorney Bartley Crum and novelist Gertrude, Patricia and her brother, Bart Jr., lead charmed lives until their father's career is ruined when he defends the Hollywood Ten. The family moves to New York, suffering greater tragedy when Bart Jr. kills himself. However, his loving spirit continues to influence Patricia as she fights to succeed as an actress and writer.
Married and divorced from an abusive husband before she's 20, she joins the famed Actors Studio. She takes classes with Lee Strasberg alongside Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, and others; she works on Broadway opposite Paul Muni, Helen Hayes, and Elaine Stritch; Gore Vidal and Elia Kazan become her mentors. Her anecdotes of theatre's Golden Age have never been told before. At the zenith of her career, about to film The Nun's Story with Audrey Hepburn, Patricia faces a decision that changes her forever.
The Men in My Life is about survival, achieving your goals, and learning to love. It's also the story of America's most culturally pivotal era, told through the lens of one insider's extraordinary life.
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Unflinching, Fascinating Memoir
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The author's description of struggling to become a successful actress and how difficult it was despite her determination and talent.
Her world-weary voice speaks of the struggles she went through with her family and her career.
I did cry at the end because in so many ways it's a sad saga of a typical American family.
Much more than a salacious tell-all (and there are lots of famous names in this book), this brave memoir tells the story of an affluent American family that struggles in the ways all families do: sexuality, identity, money and success. The author is absolutely courageous in detailing the mistakes she makes in trying to come to terms with herself as a woman and as an artist. For anyone interested in the process of acting, this would be fascinating.
- M. Simpson