By Donald Spoto
Her identify is synonymous with attractiveness, variety and style. Over the process her amazing existence and occupation, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the globe and created a public picture that stands as probably the most recognizable and loved in fresh reminiscence. yet regardless of her overseas reputation and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was once additionally identified for her severe privateness. With unparalleled entry to studio information, buddies and associates who knew and enjoyed Audrey, bestselling writer Donald Spoto presents an intimate and relocating account of this pretty, elusive and gifted woman.
Tracing her fabulous upward thrust to stardom, from her harrowing youth in Nazi-controlled Holland in the course of international struggle II to her years as a suffering 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 might move directly to megastar in the most renowned video clips of the 20th century, together with Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, The Nun's Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's and My reasonable Lady. a chum and idea to popular fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey emerged as a way icon in addition to a movie legend, her effect on women's type nearly unprecedented to this day.
But at the back of the glamorous public character, Audrey Hepburn used to be either a unique and a deeper individual and a lady who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto bargains awesome insights into her expert and private relationships together with her husbands, and with celebrities equivalent to Gregory Peck, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary provide, Peter O'Toole, Albert Finney and Ben Gazzara. The turbulent romances of her early life, her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry youngsters, and the thrills and terrors of motherhood ready Audrey for the ultimate bankruptcy in her existence, as she dedicated herself totally to the charity efforts of a firm that had as soon as come to her rescue on the finish of the warfare: UNICEF.
Donald Spoto has written a poignant, humorous and deeply relocating biography of an unforgettable girl. ultimately, Enchantment unearths the personal Audrey Hepburn—and invitations readers to fall in love together with her over again.
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But at the time, Ella and Audrey had no idea what had become of him, and in their worst moments, they presumed Alex was dead. For days, Audrey wept inconsolably, asking again and again if all of them were to be sent to prison or condemned to death. “I didn’t know if I would just disappear as had so many young girls and women, into the houses established for the ‘entertainment ’ of German ofﬁcers and enlisted men. And I didn’t know if I would be taken for a week or a day, to help clean a building or serve at a military kitchen.
If she intended to be serious about dance, Ella said, weight loss was vital. In London, they found a very different atmosphere from Folkestone in 1939. Postwar England still suffered serious deprivations. 3 6 < Donald Spoto For most people, the cessation of bombings removed the constant dread of sudden death but did not otherwise improve the quality of life. But the indomitable Ella van Heemstra was thoroughly dedicated to her daughter’s career. She gamely took a job as concierge in a Mayfair apartment building, very close to Hyde Park and Grosvenor Square.
We went for days at a time without anything to eat, and we sat and shivered in a house without heat or light . . We lived in a vacuum—no life, no news, no books, no soap. Yet all of that was nothing by comparison with the day-to-day horror . . For a long time, we had nothing to eat but tulip bulbs. “An endless stream of evacuees, thrown out of the city by the Nazis, came to our door begging for food and shelter. It was human misery at its worst—masses of refugees on the move, hundreds collapsing from starvation.
Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto