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Patricia Bosworth

Award-Winning Biographer, Journalist, Memoirist, Theatre and Film Historian


  • Theatre & Film: Old Hollywood, Broadway, The Actors Studio (Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan)
  • The 1950s and the Hollywood Blacklist Era
  • Suicide and its Impact on Families/Suicide Survival
  • Biographical Subjects: Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Diane Arbus
  • Women’s Issues: Feminism, Abortion and Domestic Abuse
  • Writers’ Craft: Journalism, Biography, Memoir


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Patricia Bosworth, “a spellbinding portraitist according to New York magazine, is an American journalist and biographer living in New York City. She is the author of seven books, which include bestselling biographies of Jane Fonda, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and the photographer Diane Arbus, the latter of which was made into the movie Fur starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. Bosworth’s first memoir about her family and the Hollywood Blacklist is entitled Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story. In January 2017, her second memoir The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950’s Manhattan (Harper).

Bosworth recalls her emotional coming of age in 1950s New York in the profound and powerful memoir, The Men in My Life, a story of family, marriage, tragedy, Broadway, and art. This deeply-felt memoir is the story of a woman who defied repressive 1950s conventions while being shaped by the notable men in her life. Born into privilege in San Francisco as the children of famous attorney Bartley Crum and novelist Gertrude, Bosworth and her brother Bart Jr. lead charmed lives until their father’s career is ruined when he defends the Hollywood Ten. The family moves to New York, suffering greater tragedy when Bart Jr. kills himself. However, his loving spirit continues to influence Bosworth as she fights to succeed as an actress and writer. Married and divorced from an abusive husband before she’s twenty, she joins the famed Actors Studio. She takes classes with Lee Strasberg alongside Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, and others; she works on Broadway opposite Paul Muni, Helen Hayes, and Elaine Stritch; Gore Vidal and Elia Kazan become her mentors. Her anecdotes of theatre’s Golden Age have never been told before. At the zenith of her career, about to film The Nun’s Story with Audrey Hepburn, Bosworth faces a decision that changes her forever. The Men in My Life is about survival, achieving your goals, and learning to love. It’s also the story of America’s most culturally pivotal era, told through the lens of one insider’s extraordinary life.

Bosworth is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. A long-time board member of the Actors Studio, she ran the Playwrights-Directors Unit there. A winner of the Front Page Award, Bosworth has taught literary non-fiction at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and Barnard College.

Praise for Patricia Bosworth:

“Before the sexual revolution and feminism, there was Patricia Bosworth.”
--The Wall Street Journal

“In the 1950s, Patricia Bosworth acted with the best, married the worst, and lost those she loved… Bosworth’s new memoir… is urgent and essential reading, especially for young women.”
--The Los Angeles Times

“A glamorous dose of diverting memoir from Patricia Bosworth… vivid… emblematic of its time.”
--The New York Times

“Bosworth’s command of detail… makes this book more than merely a dishy showbiz memoir… She comes across as a fiercely ambitious and restless young woman.”
--The New Yorker

“Moving… raw narrative… Bosworth comes into her own as a memoirist.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Lush with tales of Lee Strasberg, Marilyn Monroe, Gore Vidal, Elaine Stritch, Audrey Hepburn… spiked with arresting observations about glamour and about toxic sexism and homophobia, Bosworth’s riveting memoir brings the covertly wild 1950s into startlingly close focus.”
--Booklist (starred)

“Bosworth captures the era’s essence while telling her own story [in] this extraordinary memoir… This exceptional account not only provides an in-depth portrait of the author, it also clearly illuminates a complex yet pivotal period in 20th-century America.”
--Library Journal (starred)

“[Bosworth] recounts the glamorous highs and frustrating lows of trying to succeed as an actress, offering juicy anecdotes… A forthright memoir of pain and aspirations enlivened by sharp portraits of a host of colorful celebrities.”

“’You won’t be able to do it for a while, maybe not for a long time,’ Gore Vidal warned the young Patricia Bosworth, suggesting she write a memoir of her charmed, tragic early years. He was right. She now has and it’s a stunner, a searing, suspenseful meditation on acting, being, and the distance in between. Not every inner life can hold its own against the behind-the-scenes drama at the Actors Studio; Bosworth’s steals the show.”
--Stacy Schiff, New York Times bestselling author of The Witches

“Bosworth is a dazzling writer – I came under her spell years ago when I read her biographies. Now, in her new book, Patricia… tells us how it is to live a life of creativity and beauty when the hard times come, and when the good times roll. She has lived through both and come up shining and brilliant. Read this book!! I loved it!”
--Judy Collins, author of Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

“Honesty in writing is rare and precious. In telling us the previously untold story of her extraordinary life, Patricia Bosworth has added an important testament to the history of women. I read this book with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.”
--Erica Jong, author of Fear of Dying