Audrey Hepburn: A Biography

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Beginning with her harsh childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland (and including startling new facts about her parents), Warren Harris chronicles Audrey Hepburn's meteoric rise to stardom in Hollywood: her chance encounter with Colette that led to the lead role in the Broadway version of Gigi, and her first starring role in Roman Holiday. Hepburn went on to make such memorable films as Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and My Fair Lady. She played opposite William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Fred ...
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Beginning with her harsh childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland (and including startling new facts about her parents), Warren Harris chronicles Audrey Hepburn's meteoric rise to stardom in Hollywood: her chance encounter with Colette that led to the lead role in the Broadway version of Gigi, and her first starring role in Roman Holiday. Hepburn went on to make such memorable films as Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and My Fair Lady. She played opposite William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant, the leading men of the day.Warren Harris traces Hepburn's affairs and her unhappy marriages, as well as her later work as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Throughout the book he illuminates her special ability to exude grace and style, both on screen and off.Unabridged Audiobook read by Nadia May.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Harris Lucy & Desi has uncovered new material about Hepburn's background, including her intensely close relationship with her mother, a Dutch baroness, and her attempts at reuniting with her father, whose pro-fascist activities landed him in a British prison in WW II. Harris documents her earliest employment as a model, work as a bit player in British movies and fateful casting in Gigi in 1951, which turned her into the proverbial overnight Broadway star and led to her first movie-starring role in Roman Holiday. This glitzy tribute not only chronicles Hepburn's stage, film and TV roles and her marriages, affairs and friendships but also her partnership with her longtime agent, Kurt Frings. Harris delves into her dealings with Hubert de Givenchy, who designed her wardrobe for several films Hepburn's impact on women's fashion was enormous, details her reclusive life in Switzerland and covers her emergence as UNESCO's goodwill ambassador to Third World countries. Hepburn died in 1993 at the age of 64. Photos. Aug.
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Harris interviewed many of Hepburn's close friends and relatives and scoured materials already written to come up with this flattering but interesting factual account of Hepburn's life-the first full-scale biography since her untimely death. Hepburn's luminous beauty and angular elegance lit up the motion picture screen for over 30 years, yet she kept her private life private. Here, Harris chronicles Hepburn's dream of becoming a ballerina and her entry into the theater. Colette herself wanted Hepburn for the title role in the stage play of Gigi on Broadway, and with her first starring film role in Roman Holiday Hepburn won an Oscar. Harris also details Hepburn's less gratifying personal life, from her early years in Nazi-occupied Holland and the loss of her mother to two failed marriages and fewer children than she had hoped for. This engrossing biography is rich in details about the making of Hepburn's films at a time in Hollywood-and the world-we may never know again. Recommended for public libraries.-Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.
Ilene Cooper
This is nowhere near as fully developed as Diana Maychick's Audrey Hepburn , which was written with the assistance of its subject, but libraries wanting more than one look at Hepburn's life will find it a serviceable second choice. Most of the information in both books is the same: Hepburn's frightening childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland, her quick ascent to movie stardom, her unsatisfactory marriages, and the happiness she finally achieved in raising her long-awaited sons. Veteran stargazer Harris does have a slightly different take on Hepburn's mother, who is usually remembered as a resistance fighter; Harris doesn't dispute her resistance activities late in the war but presents evidence showing that she was a Nazi sympathizer early in the conflict. Recommended for larger collections. To be illustrated with 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568951560
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Series: Large Print Bks.
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 459
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Audrey Hepburn The shining star of the 50's

    In the beginning of the novel 'Audrey Hepburn' by Warren G. Harris he starts off by explaining her family life and how she grew up. She lived with her mother and father and two half brothers from her mothers previous marriage. The lived in England before World War II. Before the war really got bad and hilter started his nazi ways her parents were pro-facist. Audreys father who was a baron named joesph Ruston left the Pro-fasicts ways and left England.Audrey and her mother were left alone. Once hitler started becoming stronger Audrey and her mother Baroness Ella were put through the worst of times.Since they were jewish they were put into concentration camps but since Baroness Ella had some what power they got to choose sometimes where they wanted to stay. At this point her mother stopped her pro-facist ways. Since they lost so much weight during they war Audrey suffered asthma and weight issues the rest of her life. It also didnt help how she smoked too. During the war the only thing Audrey did to keep her spirits up was dance ballet. After the war ended Audrey was to tall to be a Ballet dancer (even thought she was amazing at Ballet) she started becoming a showgirl. During these days some directors wanted to start a project titled 'Nederlands in 7 Lessen.' It was'nt a big movie but it got her noticed to star in her first big play called 'Gigi'. This was the starting of her career. During this play she was engaged to Bill Holden another movie star. It didnt work out though because they never had time for each other and quickly ended the engagment. 'Gigi' was such a big success that it led her to her first big movie called 'Roman Holiday' which won her her first oscar award and thats where she met her first husban Mel Ferrer. This movie also led to other movies such as 'Sabrina', 'Ondine', 'War and Peace', 'Funnyface', 'Love in the afternoon', 'The nuns story', and many more. She had two children with Ferrer Sean and Luca. There first child was a miscarriage. It didnt work out with Mel many years later and she re married to a man named Andre Dotti who she spent the rest of her life with.She did not have any children with him. She spent much money to the United of Nations Children Fund. Audrey later then dies on January 20, 1993. She was buried on top of a small knoll over lookig Lake Geneva, fields and vineyards. The major Messages and themes of this novel were to push yourself to the hardest and you will reach your dreams. Also to never give up and always give. Audrey tried to shows people that it was always best to care about others before yourself and to never give up on your dreams. What I liked about the novel 'Audrey Hepburn' was that it showed all of her foles and everything that she perfected. She was such a caring person that once you read this story it makes you want to be a good person and to help others. The thing I didnt like about the Novel was that the author went to into so much detail about the other peoples live that sometimes it just made it not interesting to read. Also he was kind of sexual towards Audrey and sometimes went into deatail about how he felt. I highly recommend this book for others to read because it shows Audrey went through the worst of times when she was a child, (living in concentration camps all through out the war) but still lived her life to full potential and became someone known for her actin and dancing abilites, beauty, kindess, genoursity and over all best life. It teachess people to strive for what they believe in and to care about others rather than just yourself. Audrey also didnt dies from drugs she died from a natural cause. At this time many other stars died from overdoses. She was pure. It shows to love and live life and to be a good person.

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