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Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis (Paperback)

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Miss D & Me is a story of two powerful women--one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning--and how they changed each other forever.

As Bette Davis aged, she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn Sermak: a loyal and loving confidante, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent worker whom she trained to never miss a detail.

For ten years, Kathryn was at Miss D's side--first as an employee and then as her closest friend. Throughout their time together, Kathryn had a front-row seat to Davis's late-career renaissance, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed her beloved boss and benefactor. Miss D & Me is an intimate account of the last years of the unique and formidable Bette Davis--a tale of extreme kindness, unfailing loyalty, breathtaking style, and the beautiful friendship that endured through it all.

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.

Praise For…

"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

"Deeply personal, strangely
enthralling."—New York Times Book Review

"When Kathryn Sermak was hired as
Bette Davis's personal assistant in 1979, she was a 22-year-old ingenue who had
no idea who the great movie star was. For the next ten years she would
help the woman she regarded as her mentor and, subsequently, friend, through
her twilight years that brought illness and a devastating betrayal by her
daughter, B.D. Hyman, in a brutal memoir about her mother. Davis's heartbreak
is also keenly felt by Sermak in her deeply personal Miss D And Me. The woman
behind often horrific movie characters emerges as a loyal, kind and vulnerable
person, emotionally maimed by a child she adored."—Daily Mail (named a Best Book of the Year)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316507868
ISBN-10: 0316507865
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English