The Life of Audrey Hepburn
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Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace.
Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey
Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a
public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and
beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame
and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was
also known for her intense privacy. With unprecedented
access to studio archives, friends and colleagues who knew
and loved Audrey, bestselling author Donald Spoto provides
an intimate and moving account of this beautiful, elusive
and talented woman.
Tracing her astonishing rise to
stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled
Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling
ballet dancer in London and her Tony Award–winning Broadway
debut in Gigi, Spoto illuminates the origins of
Audrey’s tenacious spirit and fiercely passionate
She would go on to star in some of the most
popular movies of the twentieth century, including Roman
Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, The Nun’s
Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair
Lady. A friend and inspiration to renowned designer
Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey emerged as a fashion icon as well
as a film legend, her influence on women’s fashion virtually
unparalleled to this day.
But behind the glamorous
public persona, Audrey Hepburn was both a different and a
deeper person and a woman who craved love and affection.
Donald Spoto offers remarkable insights into her
professional and personal relationships with her two
husbands, and with celebrities such as Gregory Peck, William
Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary
Grant, Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney and Ben Gazzara. The
turbulent romances of her youth, her profound sympathy for
the plight of hungry children, and the thrills and terrors
of motherhood prepared Audrey for the final chapter in her
life, as she devoted herself entirely to the charity efforts
of an organization that had once come to her rescue at the
end of the war: UNICEF.
Donald Spoto has written a
poignant, funny and deeply moving biography of an
unforgettable woman. At last, Enchantment reveals the
private Audrey Hepburn—and invites readers to fall in love
with her all over again.
Inside Edition - September 27, 2006
Good Morning America - September 24, 2006
Early Show - September 19, 2006
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