MISS D & ME - Now in paperback!

September 11, 2018

NOW IN PAPERBACK!

 

A RIVETING BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK INTO THE PRVATE LIFE OF SCREEN LEGEND BETTE DAVIS

 

"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

 

 

 

The life of Hollywood legend Bette Davis has for decades primarily been told by men – from biographies, documentaries, and most recently the TV series FEUD. Now, Hachette Books’ MISS D & ME offers an exclusive new look at the iconic actress from the perspective of a woman, her longtime assistant Kathryn Sermak. MISS D & ME reveals Bette Davis as a strong woman who guided her life by high standards and believed always in supporting other women, a side of Miss D that few people have seen.

 

Kathryn Sermak was recently out of college and unaware who Bette Davis was when she was hired as her personal assistant. In MISS D & ME: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis (Hachette Books; 09/11/2018; 288 pages; $15.99; ISBN 978-0-316-50786-8), Kathryn Sermak brings this beloved screen icon to life, through the lens of a remarkable road trip they took from Biarritz, France, to Paris in 1985, after which Miss D made Kathryn promise that one day she would tell this remarkable story.

 

As Bette Davis aged she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn: a loyal and loving friend, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a talented 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 altering the spelling of Kathryn's name (changing the “C” to a “K” and the “I” to a "y") per Miss D's request. Throughout their time together, the two grew incredibly close, and Kathryn helped Miss D navigate a late-career renaissance, as well as to survive the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed her.

MISS D & ME, co-authored by Danelle Morton, is a story of two powerful women, one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning, that’s an intimate view of the great star's harrowing but inspiring final years—a story fans have been waiting decades to hear, and that fulfills the promise Kathryn made to Miss Davis 28 years ago.

 

Named a Best Book of the Year by the Daily Mail, MISS D & ME is a celebration of the friendship between two women and the invaluable mentorship and support that Miss D offered.  Bette Davis is revealed as an important proto-feminist who strongly believed in supporting other women. With the groundbreaking female empowerment movements of #MeToo and Time’s Up, this is a message more timely than ever. And never has it been more important to recognize the power of women telling women’s stories.
 

Kathryn Sermak is the co-founder of the Bette Davis Foundation and co-beneficiary 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.

 

ADDITIONAL PRAISE:

 

“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 & 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)

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

 

MISS D & ME

Life with the Invincible Bette Davis

Hachette Books | September 11, 2018

$15.99 | Paperback | 288 Pages | ISBN: 9780316507868

 

For more information on MISS D & ME, or to interview Kathryn Sermak, please contact Anna Hall @ anna.hall@hbgusa.com or 212-364-1199.

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