By Donald Spoto
Her identify is synonymous with splendor, variety and style. Over the process her impressive existence and occupation, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts all over the world and created a public photograph that stands as essentially the most recognizable and cherished in fresh reminiscence. yet regardless of her overseas status and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey used to be additionally identified for her excessive privateness. With unparalleled entry to studio records, associates and co-workers who knew and enjoyed Audrey, bestselling writer Donald Spoto presents an intimate and relocating account of this gorgeous, elusive and gifted woman.
Tracing her magnificent upward push to stardom, from her harrowing adolescence in Nazi-controlled Holland in the course of global warfare 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 may move directly to big name in probably the most renowned videos of the 20 th century, including Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, The Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My reasonable Lady. a pal and idea to popular clothier Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey emerged as a way icon in addition to a movie legend, her impression on women’s type almost remarkable to this day.
But at the back of the glamorous public personality, Audrey Hepburn was once either a distinct and a deeper individual and a girl who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto bargains notable insights into her expert and private relationships along with her husbands, and with celebrities similar to 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 formative years, her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry kids, and the thrills and terrors of motherhood ready Audrey for the ultimate bankruptcy in her lifestyles, as she dedicated herself fullyyt to the charity efforts of a firm that had as soon as come to her rescue on the finish of the conflict: UNICEF.
Donald Spoto has written a poignant, humorous and deeply relocating biography of an unforgettable lady. eventually, Enchantment unearths 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 used to be identified for whatever which has disappeared, and that's splendor, grace and manners . . . God kissed her at the cheek, and there she was.” —Billy Wilder
“There isn't really a girl alive who doesn't dream of having a look like Audrey Hepburn.” —Hubert de Givenchy
“Her magnetism was once so impressive that everybody desired to be just about her. It used to be as though she put a pitcher 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
From the Hardcover edition.