Kathryn Leigh Scott is an author, atress and a spokesperson for the national CurePSP Foundation, and has written Last Dance at the Savoy: Life, Love and caring for someone with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Her intimate memoir of caring for her husband, Geoff Miller, Los Angeles magazine founding editor and publisher, provides insight and practical caregiving experience for a rare neurological disease that afflicts some 20,000 Americans, roughly the number diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), and for which there is (so far) no cure.
“We each have our own journeys, and I have been on this particular one as a caregiver to someone I love deeply. In this memoir, I tell our particular story and provide guidance from my own experience in caregiving. As you follow your own path with this disease, I hope to offer encouragement along the way and inspire you to make the most of the time you have together with your own loved one.”
Writing and acting have always been twin careers for Kathryn, who has written several nonfiction books and three novels, including Dark Passages (2012), Down and Out in Beverly Heels (2013), Jinxed (2015), while also appearing in a recurring role as George Segal’s girlfriend in The Goldbergs and in the 2015 launch of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her most recent nonfiction title is Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood. She appeared in a cameo role in the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton film, Dark Shadows (2012)
Kathryn grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kathryn landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows (ABC, 1966-1971), and starred in the 1971 MGM feature, House of Dark Shadows, playing Maggie Evans and Josette du Pres. Kathryn wrote Dark Shadows Memories to coincide with its 20th anniversary and
Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th anniversary tribute.
In 1985, Kathryn launched Pomegranate Press, Ltd. to publish books about the entertainment industry, including guidebooks, biographies, textbooks and coffee table art books. She wrote The Bunny Years (the story of Playboy Clubs told through the women who worked as Bunnies) and co-produced documentaries for the A&E Network, BBC-1 and Canadian TV based on the book. Pomegranate has published over 50 nonfiction titles, including Scott’s books, Lobby Cards: The Classic Films (Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee Table Book) and Lobby Cards: The Classic Comedies, both of which were published in the U.K. by Bloomsbury. She published Coya Come Home, with a Foreword by Walter F. Mondale, in August 2012.
Reviews for Last Dance At the Savoy
Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) National Spokesperson for CurePSP:
Last Dance at the Savoy is ultimately a love story about two people who live life to its fullest in the face of terminal illness. There is no journey more intimate, more arduous, more self-sacrificing than caring for a loved one―and with a spouse, more revealing of what true love is when roles change and one partner becomes more vulnerable and dependent."
Susan Sullivan (Castle): Last Dance at The Savoy is at once a delicate, moving love story balanced by a cautionary tale. Written with insight and compassion, we understand the struggle and courage required to face a debilitating disease attacking the person at the center of your life.
David Kemp; President, CurePSP: Last Dance at the Savoy is a moving chronicle of the daily struggle of caring for a spouse with a debilitating illness, full of honesty, vivid descriptions of emotional and physical challenges and keen observations leavened with wry humor. But it is so much more: Kathryn Leigh Scott has written a love story for the ages that will have universal appeal. This is a deeply affecting and inspirational book.