Baker & Taylor
A biography of the screen legend, based on more than one hundred interviews with family and friends, discusses her early years, her personal life, her work opposite Hollywood's greatest leading men, and her tireless work for UNICEF
Blackwell North Amer
When she began writing her biography of Audrey Hepburn, author Diana Maychick never dreamed she would have such unprecedented access to the reclusive and legendary star. Audrey Hepburn insisted that a proper biography could never be completed unless she was willing to share some intensely personal and painful memories. For the next year, Hepburn and Maychick spent countless hours together in conversation, as Audrey opened up about her childhood, her careers, and the loves of her life.
What Diana Maychick did not know was that Audrey Hepburn was dying and that these conversations would, all too soon and all too sadly, come to an end. What emerges from the pages of Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait is a wonderfully personal look at one of the most elegant women of the century. It also provides a candid look at Audrey's painful childhood, her parents' constant battles, her mother's demanding hauteur, her father's blatant Nazi sympathies, the deprivation of the war years, the Nazi occupation of their town and the garrisoning of their very house, her escape from the Germans and the month she spent in a rat-infested cellar nearly starving to death, and her life-long struggle with food disorders. It also celebrates her fabled rise from show girl to film star and how, with her beguiling eyes and sophisticated manners, she seduced Hollywood away from its fixation on blond bombshells.
In Audrey Hepburn readers will discover, often in Hepburn's own words, her innermost feelings about the men in her life - William Holden, Mel Ferrer, Givenchy, Andrea Dotti, Albert Finney, Ben Gazzara, and Robbie Wolders - as well as how she felt about working with some of the screen's leading men, including Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, and Gary Cooper, in some of the most enduringly charming films of all time, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Love in the Afternoon, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade and My Fair Lady.
We also get an intimate view of Hepburn's evolution from film legend to ambassador for UNICEF and an appreciation of how her tireless efforts on behalf of starving children has raised the consciousness of the world. Her valiant trips to Somalia, even as she was dying in 1992, provided a poignant message to an often indifferent world that something had to be done to avert the death of millions in that war-torn nation.
With Audrey Hepburn's passing, the world has lost a star, a beauty, and a symbol of hope and courage. Most of all we have lost someone who embodied grace, elegance, and intelligence at a time when those very qualities seem to be in such short supply.
Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait will provide readers with both a remembrance and a celebration of this unforgettable woman and a chance to fall in love with her all over again.
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