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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 nature She would go on to star in some of the most popular movies of the twentieth. I started out this book really rather excited about it Her early years were fascinating and the author s style was good I was really enjoying it up to the point when Spoto started discussing the movies she was in Then he really started to annoy meWhile Spoto s writing is well done for the most part he seems to blur the line between biographer and film critic A biographer should deal in the facts Tell me what films she did what happened during filming what the public reaction was to the film etc Things that are concrete A film critic can give their opinion of the films but because they present themselves as film critics we know that it is just their opinion So when for example Spoto started talking about Sabrina and how difficult Humphrey Bogart was to work with that was just fine When he stated as fact that Bogart was miscast that didn t sit well with me He offered no uotes from critics saying that they thought so nothing from anyone working on the picture saying that they thought he wasn t good in the movie Just his opinion that Bogart was miscast yes they had wanted Cary Grant originally but that doesn t mean that Bogart didn t work in the film as well And yes I disagree with him that Bogart was miscast but the point is that it is not his job as a biographer to be a film critic as wellI was willing to get past it that first time but it happened again with several other films The Nun s Story which I have never seen but plan to is according to Spoto pretty close to the best movie ever Green Mansions which I happened to like is terrible though there are no uotes from critics to prove this Marni Nixon as the singing voice in My Fair Lady was a total disaster and the audience immediately felt a disconnect between the singing and Audrey every time a song started the way that the studio handled the whole dubbing situation was awful but the movie itself is not By the time it got around to My Fair Lady I was pretty annoyed with SpotoStill I finished the book because I wanted to hear about her work with UNICEF That part was interesting So I enjoyed the beginning and the end and some tidbits of information in the middle I with that I had gotten a different biography but at least this was a bargain book

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Enchantment The Life of Audrey Hepburn

Me 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 She was as funny as she was beautiful She was a magical combination of high chic and high spirits Gregory Peck In spite of her fragile appearance she's like steel Cary Grant Audrey was known for something which has disappeared and that is elegance grace and manners God kissed her on the cheek and there she was Billy Wilder There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn Hubert de Givenchy Her magnetism was so extraordinary that everyone wanted to be close to her It was as if she placed a glass barrier between herself and the world You couldn't get behind it easily It made her remarkably attractive Stanley Donen She has authentic charm Most people simply have nice manners Alfred Lu. I have always admired Audrey Hepburn but sadly did not know much about her besides her filmology This biography is written really well so it does not seem like a dull text book but almost like I am reading fiction Her life was so much than just an actress and this book gives much detail showing that Even if you don t think you are interested in her life you might surprise yourself while reading this

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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 co. For Audrey Hepburn to be one of my favorite actresses and someone s classic ladylike style I ve always looked up too I sure didn t know a lot about her before reading this book I was shocked to discover how similar we were in many ways for example she suffered from constant insecurity never knowing what her self worth was She ended up living a pretty sad and tragic life that I think her parents sadly are partially to blame for A controlling unfeeling private mother whom never showed affection to a father who abandoned her when she was little these are the things that set her up for failure in her relationships She married men and became involved with men who were a lot like her father Her time during the holocaust was so hard to read and to imagine what it must be like to live through It s a miracle she did survive it at allbut it s that experience I think that gave her a soft grace onscreen She had a magnificent movie career in the beginning I haven t seen all of her movies or any of her serious not to mention grown up dramas but she was a remarkable actress with a great amount of talent that sadly she never saw It wasn t till about her mid 50 s when she truly began to find herself After she gave up the movies and her sons were grown she joined UNICEF and it was there that she found herself and channeled the idea of her character Sister Luke into who she really was and was passionate about From a young age all Audrey wanted to be was a wife and mother 2 failed marriages and 5 miscarriages and an endless string of lovers her love life left something to be desired but it was her children her sons Sean and Luca who gave her life meaning and she used that love toward being a voice to all the children in poverty disease stricken countries where the children were dying right before her eyes For the first time in her life she seemed to have a real drive and purpose and completely opened herself up to the spotlight but only as an ambassador to Unicef to help raise awareness She was on fire and I think had she lived longer she would of done even amazing work Her death happened somewhat fast and she was rather young She got cancer and died not long after it was diagnosed Her life is to be remembered and learned from An amazing book I learned so much and it s one of the best biographies I ve read in a long time


10 thoughts on “Enchantment The Life of Audrey Hepburn

  1. says:

    Love love love Audrey; however this book was just middle of the road for me Somewhat repetitious too I would have liked to have read the actual critics’ reviews instead of just this author’s opinion of her movies; I would have preferred him to be factual instead of opinionated throughout For instance what was Audrey

  2. says:

    I started out this book really rather excited about it Her early years were fascinating and the author's style was good I was really enjoying it up to the point when Spoto started discussing the movies she was in Then he really started to annoy meWhile Spoto's writing is well done for the most part he seems to blur the line betwee

  3. says:

    I have always loved Audrey Hepburn I was not overly impressed with this book about her though The author made it seem like she was never happy Whether that was true or not no one but Audrey would know for sure For most of this book the author focused on the the hollywood making of the movies aspect not so much Audrey i felt like she got lost in the shuffle of a book that was supposed to be about her

  4. says:

    For Audrey Hepburn to be one of my favorite actresses and someone's classic ladylike style I've always looked up too I sure didn't

  5. says:

    I recently started watching classic films which prior to my 25th year held little interest to me I always WANTED to enjoy them I just couldn't get past the black and white Now that I have aged a bit that or run o

  6. says:

    I can do without the movie making minutiae and there's plenty of that in Enchantment For me the most interesting parts of this Audrey Hepburn b

  7. says:

    I have always admired Audrey Hepburn but sadly did not know much about her besides her filmology This biography is written really well so it does not seem like a dull text book but almost like I am reading fiction Her life was so much than just an actress and this book gives much detail showing that Even if you don't think you are intereste

  8. says:

    Audreys life was extremely sad and depressing

  9. says:

    I really like reading about her I don't love this author's writing style He is a little repetitive and kind of adds his own opinion to some things He is however very thorough and seems to have a lot of really good sources that actually knew the people he wrote about He does write in a way that actually makes their lives very interesting and kept me wanting to know I would recommend his biographies

  10. says:

    Meh Audrey Hepburn wasis one of my all time favorite actresses I've always loved her movies her classic style and her anth

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