A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski
On Sale: September 17, 2013
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In this searing and surprising memoir, Samantha Geimer, "the
girl" 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.
March 1977, 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
The undisputed facts of what happened in the
following hours appear in the court record: Polanski spent
hours taking pictures of Samantha on a deck overlooking the
Hollywood Hills, on a kitchen counter, topless in a Jacuzzi.
Wine and Quaaludes were consumed, balance and innocence were
lost, and a young girl's life was altered forever—eternally
cast as a background player in her own story.
months on end, the Polanski case dominated the media in the
US and abroad. But even with the extensive coverage, much
about that day and the girl at the center of it all remains
a mystery. Just about everyone had an opinion about the
renowned director and the girl he was accused of drugging
and raping. Who was the predator? Who was the prey? Was the
girl an innocent victim or a cunning Lolita artfully
directed by her ambitious stage mother? How could the
criminal justice system have failed all the parties
concerned in such a spectacular fashion? Once Polanski fled
the country, what became of Samantha, the young girl forever
associated with one of Hollywood's most notorious episodes?
Samantha, as much as Polanski, has been a fugitive since the
events of that night more than thirty years ago.
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.
1 comment posted.
Re: The Girl
Oh to win. Love to,
(Joyce Yanney 2:42pm September 23, 2013)
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