Patricia Bosworth is an American journalist and biographer living in New York City. She was born in San Francisco, and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. A winner of the Front Page Award, she’s taught literary non-fiction at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and Barnard College. A long-time board member of the Actors Studio, she ran the Playwrights-Directors Unit there. Her most recent biography Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, was on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her other books include bestselling biographies of Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and the photographer Diane Arbus, the latter of which was made into the movie Fur starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. Her first memoir about her family and the Hollywood Blacklist is entitled Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story. Her second memoir, entitled The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950’s Manhattan, will be published by HarperCollins in January 2017.


In this short video, Patricia Bosworth talks about getting her start as an actor, her Mark Twain-inspired approach to writing biographies, and why she is so drawn to tormented people.