Beyond the headlines.
The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman PolanskiKPCC's Crawford Family Forum (474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105) Map it $10
On March 1977, in Southern California Roman Polanski drives a rented Mercedes along Mulholland Drive to Jack Nicholson’s house. Sitting next to him is an aspiring actress, Samantha Geimer, recently arrived from York, Pennsylvania. She is thirteen years old. In this searing and surprising memoir, The Girl, Samantha Geimer — at the center of the infamous Roman Polanski sexual assault case — breaks a virtual thirty-five-year silence to tell her story and reflect on the events of that day and their lifelong repercussions. Taking us far beyond the headlines, The Girl reveals a thirteen-year-old who was simultaneously wise beyond her years and yet terribly vulnerable. By telling her story in full for the first time, Samantha reclaims her identity, and indelibly proves that it is possible to move forward from victim to survivor, from confusion to certainty, from shame to strength.