Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait

Audrey Hepburn An Intimate Portrait When she began writing her biography of Audrey Hepburn author Diana Maychick never dreamed she would have such unprecedented access to the reclusive and legendary star Audrey Hepburn insisted that a

  • Title: Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait
  • Author: Diana Maychick
  • ISBN: 9780806580005
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When she began writing her biography of Audrey Hepburn, author Diana Maychick never dreamed she would have such unprecedented access to the reclusive and legendary star Audrey Hepburn insisted that a proper biography could never be completed unless she was willing to share some intensely personal and painful memories For the next year, Hepburn and Maychick spent countlesWhen she began writing her biography of Audrey Hepburn, author Diana Maychick never dreamed she would have such unprecedented access to the reclusive and legendary star Audrey Hepburn insisted that a proper biography could never be completed unless she was willing to share some intensely personal and painful memories For the next year, Hepburn and Maychick spent countless hours together in conversation, as Audrey opened up about her childhood, her careers, and the loves of her life What Diana Maychick did not know was that Audrey Hepburn was dying and that these conversations would, all too soon and all too sadly, come to an end What emerges from the pages of Audrey Hepburn An Intimate Portrait is a wonderfully personal look at one of the most elegant women of the century It also provides a candid look at Audrey s painful childhood, her parents constant battles, her mother s demanding hauteur, her father s blatant Nazi sympathies, the deprivation of the war years, the Nazi occupation of their town and the garrisoning of their very house, her escape from the Germans and the month she spent in a rat infested cellar nearly starving to death, and her life long struggle with food disorders It also celebrates her fabled rise from show girl to film star and how, with her beguiling eyes and sophisticated manners, she seduced Hollywood away from its fixation on blond bombshells In Audrey Hepburn readers will discover, often in Hepburn s own words, her innermost feelings about the men in her life William Holden, Mel Ferrer, Givenchy, Andrea Dotti, Albert Finney, Ben Gazzara, and Robbie Wolders as well as how she felt about working with some of the screen s leading men, including Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, and Gary Cooper, in some of the most enduringly charming films of all time, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Love in the Afternoon, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany s, Charade and My Fair Lady We also get an intimate view of Hepburn s

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    1. Biographies are my favorite book genre because of their heavy details that make me feel as though I have gotten to know the person better. I will continue to try to keep my perspective of this one according to the purpose I feel the author may have intended it to serve. A very quick read, this is what I refer to as fast-food information on the life of Audrey Hepburn. This book is thin in pages and details, but certainly not in the author's opinion that Audrey was a depressed anorexic. Maychick d [...]

    2. I love Audrey Hepburn. She is the most gorgeous woman I ever saw. There are gorgeous women out in the world, but Audrey is just on another level. Her simple style, her eyes, and her personality just seemed unfathomable. How can someone have it all? Or look to have it all. That is the reason I picked up this book. Well, this book just seemed unreal. I really want to fact check it. I know everyone has their demons, but much of her life was depressing. Anorexia, depression, WWII, divorce, infidelit [...]

    3. I bought this book (hardback) among others at our library sale where you get a grocery bag filled with books, all for $1. So, I don't know, perhaps I paid 10 cents for this book. Aside from the bargain, it's been pure pleasure to read it. I learned so much that I had not known about this famous movie star: born into wealth, living among Nazis through WWII, surviving for a time by eating tulip bulbs having lost every tangible thing they had. I was heartened by the fact that she was happier among [...]

    4. Don't waste your time on this one. The author claims to have drawn her book material from actual interviews with Audrey Hepburn. If she did actually talk with Audrey, I would be surprised. Maychick has cobbled together some odd bits of Audrey Hepburn lore with some fiction touches to make an altogether fake tale. Then there are the colossal errors. Audrey's brother's name is Ian, not Jan. The Germans invaded Holland on May 10, not May 18, 1940. These errors alone tell us that she didn't worry ab [...]

    5. I love reading biographies anyway, but I kind of like that of movie stars because I like the back story to their lives. We know them as characters in so many stories, but I like to know THEIR story. I didn't realise that she lived through the war and had scary interactions with the Nazis, and it was fascinating to learn that she wanted so badly to be a wife and mother throughout her career--she was happiest when she was fulfilling those roles. Also, I think it's cool that she helped with UNICEF. [...]

    6. Audrey Hepburn is just lovely. It was fun and telling to read about her quirky personality and problems she had to overcome in her childhood, personal life, and Hollywood. She is inspiring in that she is the epitome of grace and elegance, not to mention a style icon, but was just as troubled as anyone. I haven't read any other Audrey bios, and I'm sure there are many, so I can't compare the quality of Maychick's to any others. But I will say it was enjoyable and reminded me how much I love her f [...]

    7. I found this an enjoyable read but not as thorough as other bios. I know this book is generally looked down on because the author/publishers exaggerated Ms. Hepburn's involvement in the writing, but I think all biographies have to be taken with a grain of salt. I don't have a great memory for details but I didn't notice any striking contradictions with other things I've read, it just wasn't as detailed either.

    8. Most of the people that really know me know that I love Audrey Hepburn. Some of my favorite movies of hers include Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady and of course Roman holiday and Always. This was a beautiful portrait of an ethereal beauty known as Audrey. It took you into her life, to intimate details of her upbringing, her marriages and sufferings she went through. Audrey was a humanitarian, down to earth and someone I would've liked to have met. Definite read for fans.

    9. An amazing life story of the wonderful Audrey Hepburn who was not only a great actressbut an outstanding hunanitarian. The things she did for children in third-world countries while she herself was struggling with colon cancer is a feat I want to aspire to. Not getting cancer of course, but the selfless helping of others that led Audrey to do so much good in UNICEF

    10. It felt unbelievable. Audrey is my favorite person and this book just made me fall in love with her even more. She was perfect even if she didn't know it. Everything that she went through just made her a stronger and braver person. The work she did was truly amazing and brave. She was truly a wonderful person and no book will do her justice but this book comes pretty close.

    11. An interesting book - well written and informative. What an incredible woman Audrey Hepburn was! SO beautiful, a style icon, great actress, UNICEF ambassador - incredibly strong and determined, yet also so fragile. A truely beautiful woman, this book celebrates and pays tribute to this beauty - both inner and outer beauty.

    12. i read this because I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn. This book provides good basic information about her life, especially in war torn Europe. A much better book that I read later was "Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit, A Son Remembers". This book is more personal (because it was written by her son) and provides more feeling and depth.

    13. I read this because I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn. This book provides good basic information about her life, especially in war torn Europe. A much better book that I read later was "Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit, A Son Remembers". This book is more personal (because it was written by her son) and provides more feeling and depth.

    14. Easily would have been 5 stars except for some bizarre reason the author decides to randomly give pages long synopses of some of her movies! Spoilers galore with minimal relevance to her life! Really could've done without. Other than that it was great.

    15. As a live long Audrey fan I still learned so much about her from this book. The author obviously spent a lot of time with Audrey and the quotes from her really give you a glimpse of what a wonderful woman she was! The best biography I've read .

    16. This has got to be my first real biography and I loved it! Diana Maychick portrayed Audrey Hepburn as a real person with faults and insecurities, not just the amazing stuff about her. She didn't portray Audrey as just a rock star. Love Audrey Hepburn!!!

    17. V poslední době jsem si biografie oblíbila autorka píše o Audrey hezky a dozvěděla jsem se tady pár nových věcí. Ale připadá mi celkem příhodné, že kniha vyšla až po Audreyině smrti, pochybuju, že by takhle spokojeně líčila svojí depresi a anorexii, jak v úvodu tvrdí autorka.

    18. Incredible life story. I am embarrassed to say I have never seen any of her movies; however, that will soon change. A truly remarkable woman.

    19. What an iconic , strong & wonderful Woman! I am in total awe of her spirit & kindness despite all she had endured during most of her childhood & troubled relationships .

    20. Two of my fav movies ever, My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffanys. I love Audrey Hepburn. Gorgeous lady but sad life. This was a fantastic book.

    21. An interesting account of Audrey's youth and past. Not as personal as I would have liked it to be. More about her film career.

    22. The author of the book is a fan of the subject and does not develop a critical insight into Hollywood or Audrey Hepburn. A glowing tribute to her life but not highly recommended.

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