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Patricia Bosworth
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    (April 24, 1933-April 2, 2020)
    Born in Oakland, California
    Birth name was Patricia Crum
    Actress//journalist/author
    Appeared in the film ‘The Nun’s Story’ (1959)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘Inherit the Wind’ (1955-57), ‘The Sin of Pat Muldoon’ (1957), and ‘Howie’ (1958)
    Wrote book reviews for the New York Times and a monthly arts and entertainment column for Working Women
    Worked at the magazines McCall’s (senior editor, 1969-72), Harper’s Bazaar (managing editor, 1972-74), Viva (executive editor, 1974-76), and Vanity Fair (contributing editor, 1984-91,1997-2020)
    Wrote biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, Marlon Brando, and Jane Fonda
    Wrote the memoirs ‘Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An America Family Story’ (1997) and ‘The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan’ (2017)
    As a teen, she saved the butt of a cigarette smoked by Montgomery Clift and kept it for the rest of her life.
    She eloped during her freshman year at Sarah Lawrence.
    The marriage ended after sixteen months.
    She decided to use her mother’s maiden name when she started acting, partly to deprive wiseass critics of the chance to write phrases like ‘a crummy performance by Patricia Crum.’
    After she was cast in ‘The Nun’s Story,’ she discovered she was pregnant. She decided to undergo an illegal abortion rather than quit the film.
    Her first husband was physically and emotionally abusive.
    She came close to dying when she hemorrhaged after the abortion.
    When she was a student at the Actors Studio, Lee Strasberg forced her to strip in class.
    As an actress, she was described as having ‘the prettiness of the classic girl-next-door ingénue.’
    Her brother and her father both committed suicide.
    She became a spokesperson for suicide prevention efforts and received the Lifesavers Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (1998).
    She won the Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for a ‘Vanity Fair’ profile of Elia Kazan and the Hollywood blacklist (1999).

Credit: C. Fishel


    For 2020, as of last week, Out of 16 Votes: 56.25% Annoying
 
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