June 17, 2020

The below originally appeared in The Daily Beast on September 17, 2017


I started working as a press attaché for the fashion designer Patrick Kelly in Paris in 1986, a time in my life when work often stretched deep into the evenings.  Inspiration came to Patric...

April 5, 2020

There is no question that the world is in a difficult place right now. I can't help but think of Miss D and how she handled difficult situations. She would always face fear, look it straight in the eye and stand up to it. What would her advice be for all of us today? F...

December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas! Not surprisingly, Miss D loved the holidays. She would always get a fresh tree and we would have countless hours of fun decorating the entire house. Even if we were staying in a hotel due to filming - she always made it festive and filled every space w...

October 31, 2019

Trick or treat?

I thought it would be fun to share my memories of one Halloween night at the Colonial House with Miss D.

Harold Schiff, Miss D's attorney and friend, flew in to Los Angeles from New York to join us for a spooky evening. Miss D approached Halloween like ev...

October 8, 2019

Bette Davis died in Paris on 6th October 1989. To mark the 30th anniversary of this sad event, Martin Shingler commissioned ten of America and Britain’s leading film scholars to write a short statement about what they consider to be her greatest achievement and legacy.


October 6, 2019

Miss D liked to be "the first" at everything she did. So, on November 2, 1989 she was the first to be memorialized on a studio sound stage.

April 23, 2019

The below is an excerpt from MISS D & ME: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis. 

I looked in the rearview mirror and saw that the car behind us was a little too close for safety. There were two men in the front and the one in the passenger seat had a camera with a long...

April 5, 2019

For Miss D’s 80th birthday in 1988, we were staying at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, CA.

I wanted to throw her a surprise party. Bob Osborne, her good and dear friend, graciously flew in from New York. I came from Paris ready to stay and work with her on her next film....

October 6, 2018

In 1988, Miss D and I appeared on on a popular French television show - and no one has seen the interview since.

August 6, 2018

A few weeks ago, I ventured back to Biarritz. If you've read MISS D & ME: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis, you will know the significance of the location. Like a setting in one of her films, Miss D and I stayed at the Hotel du Palais in 1985 to write This 'n That....

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28 years ago, Kathryn Sermak promised Bette Davis that one day she would write their story. She kept her promise.