She died of the coronavirus. Patricia Bosworth, who gave up acting for the writing life, turning her knowledge of the theater into a series of biographies and mining her own extraordinary life for a pair of powerful memoirs, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was Her stepdaughter, Fia Hatsav, said the cause was complications of pneumonia brought on by the coronavirus. Bosworth had some success as an actress.
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She died of the coronavirus. Patricia Bosworth, who gave up acting for the writing life, turning her knowledge of the theater into a series of biographies and mining her own extraordinary life for a pair of powerful memoirs, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was Her stepdaughter, Fia Hatsav, said the cause was complications of pneumonia brought on by the coronavirus.
Bosworth had some success as an actress. She was admitted to the Actors Studio in its glory days, learning method acting alongside Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe. She won some important roles onstage and appeared alongside Audrey Hepburn on film. But she always wanted to write, and she found material in the many friendships she had cultivated with luminaries in Hollywood, the theater world and elsewhere — Brando, Montgomery Clift and the photographer Diane Arbus among them.
She became a successful journalist as well, as an editor and writer for several publications. She was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair for many years. Suicide haunted her. Her father, who had long abused barbiturates and alcohol, killed himself, on his second try, in And her beloved younger brother shot himself in his dorm room at Reed College in Oregon in , tormented by depression and conflicted over his homosexuality. The subjects of Ms. Image Ms. Bosworth remembered her parents as glamorous figures, always leaving for parties or throwing them, their living room crowded with celebrities.
But there were shadows behind the California sunlight. Scott Fitzgerald novel. His corporate clients disappeared. The attempt failed, and he became despondent, worried about money and harassed by the F.
Crum eventually joined a Wall Street law firm and attracted celebrity clients. Bosworth, then a star-struck teenager, met another client, Montgomery Clift, lounging in the family living room. She kept one of his cigarette butts for the rest of her life. Bosworth, in her first semester, impetuously married a fortune-hunting art student she had known for six weeks.
He quickly became psychologically and physically abusive, she later wrote. While continuing her classes, she began to model, landing a national campaign for Prell shampoo. It was as a model that she met and formed a bond with Diane Arbus, who at the time was assisting her husband, the fashion photographer Allan Arbus.
Her brief marriage over, Ms. As a film actress Ms. Bosworth ended her adventurous decade by marrying Mel Arrighi, a playwright and novelist, in They were together until his death in She began writing during those years, contributing articles about theater to The New York Times and New York magazine. Rosalyn Drexler, writing in The Times, praised Ms. Bosworth had first met Ms.
Fonda when they were both students at the Actors Studio. It is both the story of a survivor who struggles with the suicides of her father and brother and an entertaining account of her sexual awakening and life among actors in New York. In addition to her stepdaughter, Ms. Julia Carmel contributed reporting.
Diane Arbus: A Biography
She grew up especially close to her younger brother, Bartley Crum Jr. Their father was active in politics as a confidant to Wendell Willkie during the U. The elder Crum gained renown for being one of the six lawyers who defended the Hollywood Ten during the Red Scare at the start of the Cold War in His career suffered during the fallout from the Blacklist, and the family moved from California to New York in late Bosworth studied at Sarah Lawrence College , graduating in with a major in dance and writing. She was hired by Diane and Allan Arbus to pose for a magazine ad for the Greyhound bus company.
Patricia Bosworth, actress and author, dies at 86 from coronavirus complications
Patricia Bosworth, Actress-Turned-Author, Dies at 86