Miss D & Me

Miss D & Me

Life With the Invincible Bette Davis

Book - 2017
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316507844
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 DAVIS B
Characteristics: viii, 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Morton, Danelle - Author
Alternative Title: Miss D and me


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Mar 05, 2018

I would recommend this book only to hard-core Bette Davis fans. The book focuses on the last 10 years or so of Ms. Davis' life, and reveals a strong, committed, and professional actor, and a woman who loved her children very much. The book is very much about Ms. Davis' day-to-day life, and about her relationship with the author, which is interesting. But the writing is mediocre at best, and not very engaging. The author admits to working on this book, off and on, for more than 25 years. Since we had already waited this long, I wish the publishers had taken a few extra months to do a thorough and substantive edit.

Bette was a true original and this memoir is insightful, thoughtful, and revealing - but in a loving and respectful way. It's not sugar-coated, it's a candid but fair reflection of the author's time with one of the most famous women of the 20th century.


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