The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan

By Patricia Bosworth
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12.68 Hours 04/18/2017 unabridged
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From Patricia Bosworth—acclaimed biographer of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brando, and Jane Fonda—comes a series of vivid confessions about her remarkable journey into womanhood. 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, Patricia 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 Patricia 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, Patricia 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.

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From Patricia Bosworth—acclaimed biographer of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brando, and Jane Fonda—comes a series of vivid confessions about her remarkable journey into womanhood. 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, Patricia 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 Patricia 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, Patricia 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Bosworth’s command of detail…makes the book more than merely a dishy showbiz memoir.” New Yorker
“Deliciously vivid.” New York Times Book Review
“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, New York Times bestselling author
“Moving and raw…a riveting memoir of family dysfunction…excels as both a searing and tragic family portrait and fascinating look at a budding stage career in the 1950s.” Shelf Awareness
“A forthright memoir of pain and aspirations enlivened by sharp portraits of a host of colorful celebrities.” Kirkus Reviews
“In this moving follow-up to her 1997 memoir, Anything Your Little Heart Desires, Bosworth comes into her own as a memoirist.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Extraordinary…This exceptional account not only provides an in-depth portrait of the author, it also clearly illuminates a complex yet pivotal period in twentieth-century America.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Bosworth’s riveting memoir brings the covertly wild 1950s into startlingly close focus.” Booklist
“Scorchingly honest.” AARP Magazine

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Author Bio: Patricia Bosworth

Patricia Bosworth is an American journalist and biographer living in New York City. A winner of the Front Page Award, she has taught at Columbia University and Barnard College. She is the author of several bestselling biographies. Her Diane Arbus biography, a New York Times bestseller, inspired the 2006 film Fur, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 12.68
Audience: Adult
Edition: English