Audrey: Her Real Story

Audrey: Her Real Story

by Alexander Walker
     
 

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Innocent, elegant, ethereally fragile in her beauty, Audrey Hepburn stood alone among the actresses of her time. From the very first moment of her fame in Roman Holiday, through the triumphs of Charade, My Fair Lady, and Breakfast at Tiffany's, her screen presence was unique. She was, in the words of her costar Gregory Peck, "a magical combination of high chic and… See more details below

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Innocent, elegant, ethereally fragile in her beauty, Audrey Hepburn stood alone among the actresses of her time. From the very first moment of her fame in Roman Holiday, through the triumphs of Charade, My Fair Lady, and Breakfast at Tiffany's, her screen presence was unique. She was, in the words of her costar Gregory Peck, "a magical combination of high chic and high spirits." Yet this was Audrey Hepburn's story: fighting against the odds to maintain that high-chic appearance (in the face of grueling diet regimens and eating disorders) and those high spirits (in the face of a life tainted by romantic pain, and a past tainted with family Nazi associations that could never, under any circumstances, be revealed). And, in the end, fighting the well-publicized, phenomenal, deeply heartfelt battle against world hunger for UNICEF - against odds that killed her.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312117467
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/15/1994
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.16(d)

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