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Kathryn Sermak is the co-founder of the Bette Davis Foundation and co-executor of the Bette Davis Estate. In addition to Bette Davis, Kathryn has been personal assistant to HH Princess Shams Pahlavi; French actress, Isabelle Adjani; the statesman and journalist, Pierre Salinger; astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Motown Founder, Berry Gordy Jr.; famed American designer, Patrick Kelly; and the co-creator of "Where's Waldo," Michael Gornall. Kathryn was also among the first to receive the Personal Assistant Career Award in 2003.
"When Kathryn Sermak was hired as Bette Davis's personal assistant in 1979, she was a 22-year-old ingenue who had no idea who the great movie star was. For the next ten years she would help the woman she regarded as her mentor and, subsequently, friend, through her twilight years that brought illness and a devastating betrayal by her daughter, B.D. Hyman, in a brutal memoir about her mother. Davis's heartbreak is also keenly felt by Sermak in her deeply personal Miss D And Me. The woman behind often horrific movie characters emerges as a loyal, kind and vulnerable person, emotionally maimed by a child she adored."--Daily Mail (named a Best Book of the Year) "Deeply personal, strangely enthralling."--New York Times Book Review "Endearing . . . Inspired by a fateful road trip the two women embarked upon through France in 1985, the book - based on Sermak's extensive archive of datebooks, photographs and audio cassettes - offers an intimate glimpse into the last 10 years of the screen icon's life, until her passing in 1989 with Sermak by her side."--The Hollywood Reporter "Delightful . . . Miss D & Me details the sweet and deepening bond between the much-feared actress and a timid, young Kathryn Sermak--a pairing set against a steady drumbeat of menace."--New York Daily News "Kathryn Sermak has given us a well-written and vivid account of her long association with one of the most remarkable women of the past century: Bette Davis. I read it and was enthralled."--Olivia de Havilland "Miss D & Me is a fascinating look at the life of this indomitable star and her young assistant, Kathryn, during the last ten years of Miss Davis's life. It is their inspirational journey, which begins with Miss D as mentor-instructing Kathryn in every detail of work as well as the social graces-and ultimately leads to a devoted friendship. I highly recommend it."--Ann-Margret "None of us knew or loved Bette Davis during her later years more than Kathryn Sermak. This is a wonderful book about one of the greatest women I ever knew--and one of the greatest actresses who gave us all so very, very much. You'll enjoy this read and realize what a truly great woman Bette Davis was--and an inspiration to women of all ages."--Robert Wagner "We should all hope that we have a Kathryn Sermak in our lives whose love and devotion overcame any odds she might have encountered in her remarkable journey with Miss D. This book is homage to both ladies and a wonderful read."--Stefanie Powers "America loved Bette Davis for the great star she was. I had the privilege of being her friend. She lived by good old-fashioned Yankee standards; she expected much and gave much; she was forthright, honest, and had a great sense of humor. Kathryn Sermak's book is a beautifully insightful look at the real Bette Davis."--George Hamilton "What a great insight into the last chapters of an Extraordinary woman's life. Kathryn Sermak tells it like it was: with candor and style--certainly the Bette Davis I was fortunate enough to know!"--Greg Gorman, celebrity photographer