Audrey Hepburn [NOOK Book]

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The most ambitious and personal account ever written about Hollywood's most gracious star-Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris is a "moving portrayal" (The New York Times Book Review) that truly captures the woman who captured our hearts...


With the insights of family and friends who never before spoke to a Hepburn biographer-and never-before-published photographs-Paris has ...
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Audrey Hepburn

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Overview

The most ambitious and personal account ever written about Hollywood's most gracious star-Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris is a "moving portrayal" (The New York Times Book Review) that truly captures the woman who captured our hearts...


With the insights of family and friends who never before spoke to a Hepburn biographer-and never-before-published photographs-Paris has created an in-depth portrait of the actress, from her childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe, through her legendary career, and into her UN ambassadorship.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The life of beloved actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) is stylishly explored in this lively, at times even frothy, biography from Paris (Louise Brooks; Garbo). Paris goes a long way toward explaining Hepburn's gamine appeal with his account of her hardscrabble, often terrifying childhood during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. For the rest of her life, he shows, Hepburn had a former refugee's infectious love of the limelight and the good life but also a charmingly modest understanding that most people suffer more than movie stars do. Hepburn's personal and professional relationships with her leading menWilliam Holden, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Cary Grantare presented in gossipy detail, as is her often difficult marriage with actor Mel Ferrer. There are also informative accounts of the making of her films, with special emphasis on the controversy surrounding the casting of Hepburn rather than Julie Andrews as Eliza in the film version of My Fair Lady. Paris presents some new material from Ferrer, and some very witty new remarks by composer Andr Previn about the struggle over whether to dub Hepburn's singing voice in My Fair Lady, but for the most part this biography is a pastiche of earlier articles, interviews and biographies. Even so, it's the very model of a celebrity biographya little breathless, a little prurient, with just enough fiber in the way of psychological insight to make reading it a slightly more substantial experience than gobbling chocolates. Photos and filmography not seen by PW. BOMC selection; first serial rights to Vanity Fair. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Paris, author of acclaimed books on Greta Garbo (Garbo, LJ 1/95) and Louise Brooks (Louise Brooks, Doubleday 1990), now recounts the life of everyone's favorite gamine. Audrey Hepburn had little acting experience or unique talent, but her enormous doe eyes and ladylike demeanor made her irresistible to moviegoers of the 1950s and 1960s. Born into an impoverished aristocratic Dutch family, Hepburn spent much of her early life hiding from the Nazis. Her father abandoned the family when Audrey was six, and she began acting as a means of support, quickly rising through the ranks to major stardom. Ultimately, although Paris offers a vivid and well-documented assessment of both her films and her private life, Hepburn's story isn't on a par with the treatment accorded it. She emerges as a nice, rather ordinary woman who just happened to have the right look at the right time. For public libraries.-Cynthia Ward Cooper, Carrollton Lib., Tex.
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The details of Audrey Hepburn's life have been related so often we have committed them to memory: her deprived childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland; her dancing career, Broadway debut, and meteoric rise in films; her failed marriages and the discovery late in life of her true love; her years as ambassador for UNICEF; and her death from cancer in 1993. What then can another biography offer? In the case of Barry Paris's lovingly researched life of Hepburn, the answer is insight. Based on extensive interviews with family and friends (many who have never spoken about her before), this book reveals through anecdotes and remembrances, conversations and delightfully gossipy tidbits, the desperately insecure, slightly vain, intensely private, fiercely loyal, and warmly generous woman behind the icon. Here is the tender heart and fragile soul of the most beautiful film actress of her era, captured but not canonized in a portrait for our time. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101127780
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 112,494
  • File size: 771 KB

Meet the Author

Barry Paris is the author of the acclaimed biographies Louise Brooks and Garbo. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, American Film.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Audrey Hepburn, Barry Paris

    A wonderful biography. Paris goes into great depth, therefore I would recommend this book to true Audrey admirers! Includes candid interviews and photos.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2005

    The Twists and Turns of Life

    It's amazing what lies ahead, without us knowing it. This book was perfect in explaining the life of Audrey. Being trained in ballet and suddenly doing a screen test for need of money brought her great success. An actress this awesome doesn't come around often. This book is a must for all Audrey Hepburn admirers.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Great Biography

    Her background and childhood I found very interesting. Had no idea of the turmoil she went through as a child during WWII.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Very Informative...

    Although I have not finished this book yet I have come to believe that it is very informative. I love the pictures and I think Audrey is one of the most beautiful women of Hollywood.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    A must read!!!

    Very fascinating life she had...I couldn't stop reading!! I highly recommend this book!!!(:

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

    WONDERFUL!!

    Going into the SOUL behind 'THOSE EYES'!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    I need to know how many pages this is!!!

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