Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

By Donald Spoto

Her identify is synonymous with attractiveness, variety and beauty. Over the process her remarkable lifestyles and occupation, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the globe and created a public photograph that stands as some of the most recognizable and cherished in fresh reminiscence. yet regardless of her foreign status and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was once additionally identified for her severe privateness. With extraordinary entry to studio records, neighbors and associates who knew and enjoyed Audrey, bestselling writer Donald Spoto offers an intimate and relocating account of this gorgeous, elusive and proficient woman.

Tracing her fabulous upward push to stardom, from her harrowing early life in Nazi-controlled Holland in the course of international battle 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 cross directly to celebrity in essentially the most well known videos of the 20th century, including Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, The Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My reasonable Lady. a chum and idea to well known clothier Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey emerged as a way icon in addition to a movie legend, her impact on women’s style 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 girl who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto deals extraordinary insights into her expert and private relationships along with her husbands, and with celebrities resembling Gregory Peck, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary furnish, Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney and Ben Gazzara. The turbulent romances of her early life, her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry childrens, and the thrills and terrors of motherhood ready Audrey for the ultimate bankruptcy in her existence, as she dedicated herself fullyyt to the charity efforts of a company that had as soon as come to her rescue on the finish of the struggle: UNICEF.

Donald Spoto has written a poignant, humorous and deeply relocating biography of an unforgettable lady. ultimately, Enchantment finds the non-public Audrey Hepburn—and invitations readers to fall in love along with her everywhere again.

“She was once as humorous as she used to be attractive. She was once a paranormal blend of excessive stylish and excessive spirits.” —Gregory Peck

“In spite of her fragile visual appeal, she’s like steel.” —Cary Grant

“Audrey was once recognized for whatever which has disappeared, and that's attractiveness, grace and manners . . . God kissed her at the cheek, and there she was.” —Billy Wilder

“There isn't a girl alive who doesn't dream of taking a look like Audrey Hepburn.” —Hubert de Givenchy

“Her magnetism used to be so amazing that everybody desired to be with regards to her. It was once as though she positioned a tumbler barrier among herself and the realm. You couldn’t get at the back of it simply. It made her remarkably attractive.” —Stanley Donen

“She has real allure. most folks easily have great manners.” —Alfred Lunt

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In Paris? in 1956? and never in a convent? The inner most challenge, even though, is Ariane ’s allure to the scoundrel Flannagan, a guy who exploits and discards girls. Why is that this shrewdpermanent, delicate woman interested in an getting older lothario who cares so little for ladies that he boasts of forgetting their names? The film comes as regards to featuring Ariane/Audrey as little greater than a masochist directly from the pages of Les liaisons dangéreuses. while the film was once published in 1957, audiences enjoyed Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper an excessive amount of to note that they either performed profoundly disturbed characters.

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On the collage of Southern California, l. a., i used to be lucky once more to have the worthwhile relief of Ned Comstock, Archivist within the Doheny Memorial Library; and of Haden visitor, Curator of the Warner Bros. documents. within the final years of her lifestyles, Audrey Hepburn gave herself tirelessly to the motives of UNICEF, the United international locations foreign Children’s Fund. In Denmark, Anne Tennant helped me to touch the best colleagues at UNICEF’s big apple offices. There, I met a impressive group of devoted those who made on hand to me files of singular significance detailing Audrey’s years of carrier to UNICEF.

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My mom used to head on and on approximately how terrible he used to be, yet considering the fact that I couldn’t comprehend her, I instinctively received very protective approximately him. His photograph has been extremely important to me. I fantasize that he ’s someplace in Europe, dwelling on my own, writing day and evening on a superb physique of vital paintings, and one day—one day he ’ll appear at a degree door the place I’m taking part in. As Audrey and Bob committed time on a daily basis to discussing Sister Luke, so he memorialized her expert devotion in his novel. “What i need during this world,” says Marianne, 1 6 eight < Donald Spoto is to dedicate my lifestyles to a couple one or anything.

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