“It was 1961. John Fitzgerald Kennedy had just been elected President. The Freedom Riders were working to integrate bus stations in the South. Vietnam was a long way from the horror it would become, and I ran off with my daughter’s eighteen-year-old babysitter.”
Actress, switchboard operator, model, encyclopedia sales-girl, wife, mother. Patricia Herd’s life in 1960s California was unusual, but she was a “good girl” with dreams of stardom. Married to a struggling actor and raising a newborn, Herd saw her own dreams of being an actress stifled. Deep within her was an attraction to the dangerous and the wild, an attraction that would break free and lead Patricia into the counter-culture of the period – a world filled with Junkies, Hookers, and Dykes.
But this is also the story of Patricia’s Texas childhood, and she delves deep into the unhappy lives of her parents and how that relationship shaped her own life, personality, and decisions.
Junkies, Hookers, Dykes … And Others I Have Known is a unique snapshot of mid-20th Century America, told with humor and insight.
Patricia Herd has been a teacher, an actress and, at age 86, an emerging writer. She currently has a screenplay in development and is working on a novel based on her mother’s life. She lives in Los Angeles.