Few stars are as loved as Audrey Hepburn, today as much as ever. Her last years were dedicated to bringing succour to the starving children of Africa, even while her own life was being drained away. This biography traces the extraordinary combination of luck and talent that allowed a fragile little girl from a broken family, who nearly died in ...Read MoreFew stars are as loved as Audrey Hepburn, today as much as ever. Her last years were dedicated to bringing succour to the starving children of Africa, even while her own life was being drained away. This biography traces the extraordinary combination of luck and talent that allowed a fragile little girl from a broken family, who nearly died in Hitler's occupied Europe, to conquer, in one miraculous year, the New York stage (as Colette's personal choice for the impish Gigi) and the Hollywood screen (as the truant princess in the classic "Roman Holiday"). The book analyses her ascent to power and world fame. She was paid a record-breaking sum for "War and Peace"; she rejuvenated a string of ageing heart-throbs, from Fred Astaire to Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Rex Harrison and Humphrey Bogart. The book also analyses the sadnesses of her life: two failed marriages, a broken engagement to James Hanson, an early ill-fated affair with William Holden, and the crushing disappointment that accompanied her triumph in "My Fair Lady". Most importantly of all, this biography reveals what no one has known until now: the truly terrifying family secret that tore Audrey's childhood apart and kept her forever silent about her parents.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-11-14 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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