Audrey: Her Real Story

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Innocent, elegant, ethereal in her beauty, Audrey Hepburn stood alone among the actresses of her time. From her first moment of fame in Roman Holiday, through the triumphs of Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady, her screen presence was unique. Gregory Peck called her "a magical combination of high chic and high spirits." But Hepburn's story is also one of lifelong struggle--to escape the burden of family history, and to conquer the demons of her own life. In this newly expanded edition of his definitive ...

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Overview

Innocent, elegant, ethereal in her beauty, Audrey Hepburn stood alone among the actresses of her time. From her first moment of fame in Roman Holiday, through the triumphs of Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady, her screen presence was unique. Gregory Peck called her "a magical combination of high chic and high spirits." But Hepburn's story is also one of lifelong struggle--to escape the burden of family history, and to conquer the demons of her own life. In this newly expanded edition of his definitive biography, Alexander Walker reveals new details about her parents' Fascist sympathies, about Audrey's own wartime experiences, and about the tragic story of her attempts to make peace with her father before the end of his life. And he offers a moving portrait of a woman whose search for happiness was compromised all her life by insecurity, eating disorders, and an inability to find lasting love. From her troubled childhood through her heartfelt battle against world hunger on behalf of UNICEF, Alexander Walker has painted a candid and affectionate portrait of one of the world's most beloved actresses: This is Audrey's real story.

Innocent, elegant, ethereally fragile in her beauty, Audrey Hepburn stood alone among the actresses of her time. Her screen presence was defined, in the words of Gregory Peck, as "a magical combination of high chic and high spirits." In this highly-readable account of the enigmatic star's life, Walker presents an affectionate, celebratory and frank biography. 60 photos.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Informed, candid...what the lady deserved." —New York Daily News

"Walker has all the facts...A meticulous account." —Entertainment Weekly

"Walker is a much better write than most Audrey biographers, and he distills the subtle image/reality of the Audrey Hepburn complex." —Cups

"No book on her life better expresses the nature of her grace and attraction than this one." —Kirkus Reviews

"A loving biography of a legend...splendid and wonderful to read." —Sullivan County Democrat

New York Daily News

Informed, candid...what the lady deserved.
Entertainment Weekly

Walker has all the facts...A meticulous account.
Cups

Walker is a much better write than most Audrey biographers, and he distills the subtle image/reality of the Audrey Hepburn complex.
Sullivan County Democrat

A loving biography of a legend...splendid and wonderful to read.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British film critic and film-star biographer Walker (Fatal Charm: The Life of Rex Harrison) here offers a comprehensive, if somewhat superficial, life of Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), the actress who ``redefined a feminine ideal'' with her gamine looks and winsome charm. Walker's prose is lifeless as he recounts his subject's childhood in war-torn Europe and her early stage and film career. But Hepburn's fans will find it worthwhile to stick with him: both the narrative and the writing itself become more lively as he discusses the heyday of her career, her sometimes turbulent love life and her work with Third World children for UNICEF. While Hepburn, who was always reluctant to reveal herself to the press, remains a curiously elusive figure, Walker's critical skills and extensive knowledge of the film industry serve him well as he charts the development of her acting career and assesses her place in cinematic history. An affectionate tribute to a screen legend, this biography nevertheless reveals more about Hepburn the star than it does about Hepburn the woman. Photos. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312180461
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/1997
  • Edition description: 1 STMARTIN
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 676,212
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Walker, Britain's preeminent film critic, has written for the London Evening Standard since 1960 and has twice been named Critic of the Year in the annual British press awards. Among his many biographies is the acclaimed Fatal Charm: The Life of Rex Harrison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    Audrey Hepburn: The Truth

    If you wanna see a book about how Audrey dressed, or see lots of cute pictures of her or just happy times about her, then dont' buy this book. This is a very good book, and it contains the whole story of Audrey. The author has traveled many places from California to New York to London to research and to interview people who saw or knew audrey and her family. This book tells about the divorces, the affairs, hard and lonely times for Audrey. After reading this book, I have gotten a better understanding of her and I have a deep respect for her. I was deeply moved by this book, and encourage any hardcore Audrey Hepburn fan to buy this book. This book is a very good biography about her.

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