Patricia Bosworth: Journalist & Biographer


In 1964, Patricia Bosworth gave up her acting career and went into journalism, freelancing regularly for The New York Times. In succession, she became an editor at McCall's, then Holiday, then Harper's Bazaar. She joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor in 1988 and has been there ever since. This two-case exhibition includes a great deal of manuscript material, including pages from a draft of a screenplay, written by Bosworth and her then-husband, Mel Arrighi, based on her first biography subject, Montgomery Clift. That book was followed by her enthusiastically received biography on Diane Arbus. On exhibition were two spiral notebooks of Bosworth's from the project, as well as heavily corrected manuscript pages from an early draft of the book. There was manuscript material related to her biography of Marlon Brando, as well as material from her family memoir, Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story. There are two examples of pieces written for Vanity Fair: one on actress Lana Turner and her gangster boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato as well as a piece on Richard Burton when he was filming Exorcist II. The rest of the exhibition was devoted to material from Bosworth's most recent biography: Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, published in August 2011.

This exhibition is no longer on view.