Bosworth, Patricia.

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Biographer, journalist, editor, actress, and model, Patricia Bosworth was born April 24, 1933 in Oakland, California.

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1955, Bosworth worked as a model and actress, becoming a member of the Actors Studio. She appeared in a number of stage, film, and television productions, such as Inherit the Wind (1955), The Nun's Story (1959), and Young Dr. Malone (1958). In the mid 1960s, she left acting and became a full-time journalist. Bosworth worked as an editor at Woman's Day and went on to become senior editor at McCall's (1969-1972), managing editor of Harper's Bazaar (1972-1974), and executive editor of Viva (1974-1976). By the late 1960s, Bosworth's byline could frequently be found in the arts section of The New York Times and other national publications. After abandoning an earlier attempt at a biography of Marlon Brando, Bosworth chose Montgomery Clift as the subject of her first book. Bosworth spent five years researching Clift and interviewing some two hundred and fifty people who knew him. The book, Montgomery Clift: A Biography, was published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1978 to much critical acclaim. It became a bestseller and was published in several languages, and, in 1979, it was issued in paperback by Bantam. Bosworth's second biography was of photographer Diane Arbus (Diane Arbus: A Biography, Knopf, 1984), for whom she had modeled as a teen. Among her other books are Marlon Brando: A Biography (2001) and Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story (1997), a family memoir.

From the description of Patricia Bosworth papers, 1932-1984 (bulk 1948-1980) (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 85211756

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