In this intimate memoir, Barbara Feldon shares the story of her romance with Lucien Feldon Verdeaux, a glamorous European, whom she marries, unaware of the revelations about him that lay in wait.
Tucked into her dramatic and sometimes zany adventures with Lucien is her initiation into show business, including a stint as a show girl, modeling during the Mod era, and the fun of working in Hollywood—especially playing Agent 99 opposite Don Adams in the award-winning TV series, Get Smart.
Told with a sense of the comical, and viewed with a philosophical eye, Barbara takes us with her through the colorful ’60s on her journey from disillusion to compassion, from naivety to wisdom—getting smarter every step of the way
This 240-page, beautifully written memoir includes stories from Barbara’s early life and career, her marriage to her husband, Lucien, her Get Smart days, and more. With over 60 photos from Barbara’s personal collection, it is an opportunity to get to know the real Barbara beyond our beloved Agent 99.
“In 1983 I boarded a Fifth Avenue bus and sat down next to a somewhat disheveled stranger. He looked me directly in the eyes and said, “How have you been?”…though his accent seemed less pronounced than I remembered, the timbre of his voice instantly resurrected the young man I’d known, the irresistible Frenchman. During our short ride together… it was as if something were singing across the years, something joyous having to do with him—with us—sounding from that long ago, passionate time shining with promise, before everything went so terribly wrong…”
“It was eight o’clock. The shooting day began. The stand-ins—our patient look-alikes—stepped away. Don Adams and I stood on our marks, a buzzer sounded, red lights flashed, the director called “Action” and we became “Max” and “99,” which was effortless for me, because Don’s energy was like a rocket blasting off with me attached.”
Getting Smarter can be ordered as either a black and white paperback, or a collector’s version hardcover with photos in beautiful color.
Full-color hardcover book
with jacket. 240 pages and
over 60 photographs from
Barbara’s personal life
Black & white paperback
book. 240 pages and over
60 black & white photographs
from Barbara’s personal life
In this wonderful book, Barbara Feldon shares her secrets for living alone and loving it. Prescribing antidotes for loneliness, salves for fears, and answers for just about every question that arises in an unpartnered day, she covers both the practical and emotional aspects of the solo life.
Available in paperback or Kindle