Beatrice Williams-Rude Releases Mirthful New Memoir
NEW YORK - Beatrice Williams-Rude's mostly merry memoir chronicles her experiences as an innocent who arrives in Manhattan during the golden age of Broadway and TV in quest of a career in theater-or, dream number one, opera. "Misadventures of a Would-Be Muse" (published by Xlibris) details episodes in her life including the people with whom she crossed paths: famous and celebrated, powerful but infamous, financiers and frauds, lechers and protectors. She names those who helped and those who hindered.
Williams-Rude's roller-coaster life is seen through varied vignettes. The book features more than 40 pages of photos that include, among others, the familiar faces of Ingrid Bergman; Jackie Gleason; Martin Landau; Perry Como; Ed Sullivan; Ralph Meeker; Dina Merrill; John Forsythe; the playwright Dale ("Man of La Mancha") Wasserman, Mike Wallace caught smiling, as few "60 Minutes" viewers have seen him, as well as "the agent," Don Taft.
A chorus kid, actress, singer and model, Williams-Rude was a contest-winning child pianist, having started to perform at age four in her native Philadelphia. She appeared on Broadway, off Broadway in summer stock doing both musical comedy and straight plays as well as on TV. After receiving three unpalatable stage offers -it was not the nudity, but rather the crudity, the grossness that turned her off - she returned to college, then entered the world of journalism as a copy editor and, later, researcher, reviewer and writer. In the winding course of her career and relationships, she has had "more names than a con-man," as Mike Wallace laughingly noted.