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Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 12 set 2017
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"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
"We should all hope that we have a Kathryn Sermak in our lives whose love and devotion overcame any odds she might have encountered in her remarkable journey with Miss D. This book is homage to both ladies and a wonderful read."―Stefanie Powers
"None of us knew or loved Bette Davis during her later years more than Kathryn Sermak. This is a wonderful book about one of the greatest women I ever knew--and one of the greatest actresses who gave us all so very, very much. You'll enjoy this read and realize what a truly great woman Bette Davis was--and an inspiration to women of all ages."―Robert Wagner
"What a great insight into the last chapters of an Extraordinary woman's life. Kathryn Sermak tells it like it was: with candor and style--certainly the Bette Davis I was fortunate enough to know!"―Greg Gorman, celebrity photographer
"Miss D & Me is a fascinating look at the life of this indomitable star and her young assistant, Kathryn, during the last ten 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
"Kathryn Sermak has given us a well-written and vivid account of her long association with one of the most remarkable women of the past century: Bette Davis. I read it and was enthralled."―Olivia de Havilland
"Delightful . . . Miss D & Me details the sweet and deepening bond between the much-feared actress and a timid, young Kathryn Sermak--a pairing set against a steady drumbeat of menace."―New York Daily News
"Endearing . . . Inspired by a fateful road trip the two women embarked upon through France in 1985, the book - based on Sermak's extensive archive of datebooks, photographs and audio cassettes - offers an intimate glimpse into the last 10 years of the screen icon's life, until her passing in 1989 with Sermak by her side."―The Hollywood Reporter
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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.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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Sermak started working for Bette Davis in 1979, when the actress was 71 and Sermak was in her early 20’s. Their relationship got off to a bit of a rocky start, with Davis determined to remake Sermak into the kind of assistant she required. This involved training her how to walk properly, how to shake hands with authority and confidence, how to use the correct utensils during formal meals, and to avoid overuse of the word “okay.” The Bette Davis we see in the early pages of this book is a perfectionist, domineering and unrelenting in her need to control the people around her. She goes so far as to “suggest” that Catherine Sermak change the spelling of her first name to “Kathryn,” since it would make her stand out more from the millions of Catherines out there. At one point, Sermak laments, “Do I have to completely reinvent myself to please her?” But Sermak is clear that no matter how difficult those first few months were, she learned a lot from Davis, and became a stronger, more confident woman because of her.
MISS D & ME chronicles several of Davis’s most trying times, which happened during her years with Sermak. These include her bout with breast cancer, her debilitating strokes, and her eventual breakup with her daughter, B. D. Hyman. Hyman’s tell-all book, “My Mother’s Keeper,” was published during Davis’s recovery from her stroke, and it devastated Davis by its portrayal of her as an abusive alcoholic. Sermak surmises that Hyman may have expected Davis to die after her stroke (the doctors did expect this), which would have meant the book would be published after her death (as “Mommie Dearest” was published after Joan Crawford’s death). But Davis’s recovery resulted in a final break between Hyman and Davis, who eventually disinherited her and her children.
The most interesting part of MISS D & ME is actually Sermak’s accounting of a road trip she and Davis took from Biarritz to Paris in August of 1985. There we get to see a side of Bette Davis that we don’t see in either her films or the many interviews she has given over the years. By this time, she and Sermak had become much more than employer and employee. They were close friends, and Davis even referred to Sermak as her “step-daughter.” Davis gave Sermak a lot of advice during this road trip, including advice on how to remain a strong and independent woman – a woman of value – even with the man you love. Davis admitted that she herself had “failed at love” (she married four times, but was alone in the final years of her life), but she had succeeded in remaining her own woman. That, perhaps, is her signature achievement.
Overall, MISS D & ME is an interesting account of the final years of a fascinating woman. There’s not a lot here about Davis’s career, or her acting methods, but there is much about her life, her relationships with her children, and her way of thinking. She was undoubtedly a perfectionist, with little tolerance for those who disappointed her. And we clearly get glimpses of the things her daughter may have seen as abusive – it would not be easy to be raised by a woman like Bette Davis! I enjoyed reading this book very much, although I have to say that the epilogue (which chronicles Davis’s death in France in 1989) brought in an element of religion and spirituality which was absent from the rest of the book. In fact, the only real reference to religion before the epilogue is a scene where B. D. Hyman reveals her born-again Christianity, which further distances her from Davis. Sermak’s trip to Lourdes, and her spiritual experiences surrounding Davis’s death, seemed oddly out of sync with what was, until then, a very down-to-earth recounting of her years with Davis. That said, this is a book that will appeal to any fan of Bette Davis. I do recommend it.
I loved this book. It's not far removed from reality. It's about aging and youth, friendship, work, laughter, pain and life in general. Miss D was a grave perfectionist with a razor sharp wit. Luckily, she found Kathy, another person tough enough to withstand someone like Bette Davis. I am sure I wouldn't have lasted and Kathy almost didn't either, but through tests and time, she became very important to her employer and during a time when Miss D needed someone to really watch her back, she had a rock solid human being to do so.
I feel this book is a homage to Miss D, but more so, it's a gift to fans. I appreciate it. The frailty of old age is present here, even in the persona of such a brave soul as Miss D. The tenderness in which Kathy treats her, along with the toughness to ride through hard times is eloquently presented in the pages of this book. I blubbered through the second half, and I felt exhilarated with their road trip to Paris with no real schedule. The ladies rode in a big, black car without a care and stopped in quaint villages and enjoyed the view of the ocean and the countryside with abandon with no demands to be met and no scripts to read. They deserved that trip and I am happy to have had the opportunity to read about it. (Chateaubraind!!)
I also like how Kathy was fair to BD. The tell all book by BD was a hellish nightmare for a woman as devoted to her family as Miss D. She worked hard to support family her entire life, and BD chose the road she did. I am sure Miss D was not saintly and was demanding to live with, but BD could have had the strength to walk away and live her life however she saw fit if her Mom had been so bad, but she didn't. She didn't desert her Mother until she was a senior and had suffered major health setbacks. Only then, did BD sock it to her Mom for whatever reason. No one will ever know complete truths about anything, but, this book was fair to BD. It speaks of her betrayal, but it also talks of how close the two had been before the book.
I appreciate the opportunity to read this fine book. Like they say: Old age isn't for sissies! Hmmm, I wonder who said that? Kath treated Miss D with dignity during her last years and I am sure she helped an enormous amount, but not because she was being paid, and not because she was working for a famous movie star. The unlikely duo had become close friends and those are hard to come by. This book is written with love and it transcends money or matter and it deals with the heart. This book is full of it. Read it.
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