twelve year-old girl goes to the movies in
Brooklyn with her mother in 1926. The girl sees a
larger-than-life image on the screen of actor
William Boyd, and she falls madly in love. She
writes his name in her school books. She starts
collecting articles about him in movie magazines.
She fantasizes that someday she will marry him.
The girl is Grace Bradley.
In 1931 a talent scout from Paramount Pictures
sees Grace dancing in a New York cabaret and
offers her a screen test. She is immediately
signed to a contract with Paramount and moves to
Hollywood with her mother. She still thinks of
William Boyd, but makes no attempt to contact him
after she is living in Hollywood.
1937 her phone rings and the voice on the other
end says “This is William Boyd. May I speak to
Grace Bradley?” Grace is shocked and thinks
someone is playing a joke on her until she hears
the famous Bill Boyd laugh, then she knows it is
the real thing. Three weeks later to the day, they
The book is co-authored by Grace Bradley Boyd
(widow of actor William Boyd) and Michael Cochran.