Today we pay tribute to our beloved mentor, educator, and friend, Patricia Bosworth. There are not enough adjectives nor accolades to describe the impact Patti had on so many and will continue for generations to come. As a journalist, Patti published and was employed at such places as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Penthouse, Mirabella, Viva, and most notoriously in various editorial capacities at Vanity Fair for 30 years. Patricia was also biographer memoirist, and and completed nine books. As an actress in her early years, she performed in many productions and plays, most famously alongside legends such as Marlon Brando and Audrey Hepburn. Patti was also a faculty member of Columbia University’s school of journalism as well as Barnard College, and was a winner of the Front Page Award for her journalistic achievement. In 2018, Patti honored us with her gifts as a consulting editor and contributed greatly to some of our early conversations during a time of branding and content pivots.
Patti was a model in the 1950s for photographer Diane Arbus, whose biography that Patti later penned was used as the bases for the film, Fur, with Nicole Kidman. She became an actress on Broadway and in film and TV, her most recognizable role as Sister Simone, the best friend of Audrey Hepburn’s character Sister Luke, in the 1959 movie The Nun’s Story. After leaving acting to embrace writing as her primary career, she went on to write bestselling books – biographies of actors Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, and Jane Fonda; two memoirs; and Dreamer With a Thousand Thrills, celebrating the work of her husband Tom Palumbo, a photographer for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Honeysuckle will feature more tributes on our acclaimed colleague, mentor and friend.