Audrey: Her Real Story

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Innocent, elegant, ethereal in her beauty, Audrey Hepburn stood alone among the actresses of her time. From her first moment of fame in Roman Holiday, through the triumphs of Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady, her screen presence was unique. Gregory Peck called her "a magical combination of high chic and high spirits." But Hepburn's story is also one of lifelong struggle--to escape the burden of family history, and to conquer the demons of her own life. In this newly expanded edition of his definitive biography, Alexander Walker reveals new details about her parents' Fascist sympathies, about Audrey's own wartime experiences, and about the tragic story of her attempts to make peace with her father before the end of his life. And he offers a moving portrait of a woman whose search for happiness was compromised all her life by insecurity, eating disorders, and an inability to find lasting love. From her troubled childhood through her heartfelt battle against world hunger on behalf of UNICEF, Alexander Walker has painted a candid and affectionate portrait of one of the world's most beloved actresses: This is Audrey's real story.
  

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Review: Audrey: Her Real Story

User Review  - Jill Talbert - Goodreads

I have loved Audrey Hepburn since I was a small child, but I wasn't crazy about this book. It was hard to read and there were too many facts listed that I really didn't care about. I wanted to read ... Read full review

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User Review  - CS Burrough - Goodreads

Another great job by Alexander Walker, this story covers the life an intriguing, beautiful and talented woman. Not the easiest of subjects for anyone to document, Ms Hepburn had something almost ... Read full review

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Contents

Family Secrets
4
The Girl with Death in her Shoes
20
Dance Little Lady
31
The Best Advice in the World
43
Voila ma Gigi
54
Her Royal Highness
63
Men in her Life
74
Loves and Hates
83
The Girl who Came to Breakfast
170
MillionDollar Lady
186
Of Fashion and Affairs
200
The End of the Road
214
The Doctors Wife
225
The Comforters
237
New Man in her Life
249
The Missionarys Story
262

Husband and Wife
93
Summit Conferences
106
Pretty Face
118
Funny Face
125
Strains and Stresses
139
A Golden Veil
150
Riding for a Fall
160
The Best Christmas of My Life
273
The Passing of a Fair Lady
283
Filmography
289
A Note on Sources
295
Index
307
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Alexander Walker, Britain's preeminent film critic, has written for the London Evening Standard since 1960 and has twice been named Critic of the Year in the annual British press awards. Among his many biographies is the acclaimed Fatal Charm: The Life of Rex Harrison.

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