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The most ambitious and personal account ever written about Hollywood's most gracious star-Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris is a "moving portrayal" (The New York Times Book Review) that truly captures the woman who captured our hearts...With the insights of family and friends who never before spoke to a Hepburn biographer-and never-before-published photographs-Paris has createThe most ambitious and personal account ever written about Hollywood's most gracious star-Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris is a "moving portrayal" (The New York Times Book Review) that truly captures the woman who captured our hearts...With the insights of family and friends who never before spoke to a Hepburn biographer-and never-before-published photographs-Paris has created an in-depth portrait of the actress, from her childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe, through her legendary career, and into her UN ambassadorship....

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Audrey Hepburn Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-27 09:57

    First, a disclaimer: I read a stack of biographies of Audrey Hepburn in college because I wrote a gigantic paper (more of a thesis really) about her, and I feel that I'm able to rate this biography against other biographies. At any rate, I would say that this bio, the first I've read in many years, is so-so in comparison to the others. For one, I thought that the information was presented in a dry way, and is mostly composed of excerpts from previous interviews with her. The author uses very little first source material in this book and you really feel that distance. I also questioned the meticulousness with which the author tried to find examples of her being "mean." I suppose that this was under the euphemism of journalistic integrity, but at the same time, the examples that he did come up with were so petty that I questioned whether or not they were necessary for this book to be balanced. Instead, it made the agenda of the author seem a bit sensationalistic. I would have preferred to eliminate a few of those anecdotes. These characteristics do not ruin the book, but for me, it's not a stellar example of a great biography about Hepburn. If you are looking for the definitive on this actress, I would suggest looking elsewhere. That being said, there is nothing unpleasant whatsoever about the subject being profiled. Audrey, as usual, is a marvel. I love that when she was asked for one word to describe her, she said "lucky."

  • Jeff
    2019-03-28 17:04

    I will say this: I found myself incapable of reading a lot before I had to close the book and gaze romantically at the cover, wondering how strange people would think me to be if I up and kissed it.I know I can't hold Paris too responsible for the book being so dry (thus, the three out of two); he is, after all, a biographer and not a novelist. Still, the book reads like a lecture, and a bad one at that. Every so often there is a nice little glimpse of coyness by Paris, but it is quickly overshadowed by long sections of exposition that seem only marginally necessary for us to know about Hepburn's life.I do think I learned a bit about her, which I dare say is the reason for anyone to read a bio, but I feel like many years of her life went by in a few flips of the page, which resulted in my not really getting to know her. That's silly and romantic, like anyone enraptured by Audrey's entire being, and I know she was elusive in life, a normal person outside of the lime; but, I missed the tenderness of good writing that would have made this book really good.However, the passage of her death did almost make me cry; but that might just be because she died. Still, I'm a guy so I would never publically admit that. Hmm.Ultimately, good info and good photos, but poor writing. I'm sure there's a better Hepburn book out there, I just don't think I have the energy.

  • Renee
    2019-04-18 12:54

    So you want to read an epic tome of Audrey Hepburn? You've come to the right place! On the Kindle, I underestimated how long this book was. It is huge. But not for the right reasons. There is an in-depth description of every movie, seemingly 50-75 pages a piece, except for only about a page and a half glossing over Breakfast at Tiffany's, as if the author has a secret disdain for the movie and can't stand to acknowledge it. Honestly, it was weird. I also imagine the author getting permission from the family to write the book by promising not to say anything negative about Audrey. Maybe she never did a negative thing, but it does make for a boring book. I feel like I just read the world's longest wikipedia page, in a way. That said, if Audrey Hepburn ever comes up in trivia, I GOT THIS. (Also, I couldn't find any of the photos on the Kindle version. Maybe I missed it, but I don't think they are there. Bummer.)

  • Amanda
    2019-04-11 16:13

    I liked learning more about Audrey Hepburn. She was a very special person and inspired me because she was a total introvert but pushed herself to be extroverted. First with acting to support her mother and then with UNICEF to support the children of the world. At the same time, she was a human with faults–not a saint.

  • Lucinda
    2019-04-03 16:49

    An enchanting biography of an unforgettable person, who was beautiful both inside and out. Audrey Hepburn has to be one of the most beautiful people; both physically and with a heart that shone with warmth and love. In an age when icons were stereotypically curvaceous, blond bombshells Audrey broke the trend with her slim figure and stunning features (in particular her face). Her vivacity and energy, her innocence and charm along with her natural and matchless beauty propelled her to the height of Hollywood fame. Barry Paris’s comprehensive biography starts at the very beginning with Audrey’s childhood, where she grew up in Nazi-occupied Holland until moving to London, England. Discovered in the West End chorus line she was catapulted into fame with the iconic role of Gigi on Broadway, with this charming and unforgettable French tale about love. What followed was a glittering and magical career, where she played in both Oscar and Tony award winning performances. Breakfast at Tiffany’s has to be one of the most prominent films she was a part of, where Audrey Hepburn went strait to the hearts of everyone who watched her; captivated and mesmerized by her outstanding performance. My Fair Lady was another film that was met with such high critical acclaim as to be recorded in the history books, where the character of Eliza Do-Little is brought to life on screen. Later in life Audrey chose to leave the glamour of Hollywood and devoted her later years to UNICEF as an ambassador. Warm, humorous and full of whit as well as moving and emotional, you are taken on a real rollercoaster of a ride exploring the ups and downs including the hard, difficult moments too. Her performance in My Fair Lady with the legendary Rex Harrison is certainly one of those moments in this book that takes your breath away. This sympathetic biography is a wonderful tribute to an incredible actress and memorable woman, who is just totally unforgettable and a legend that many actresses of today can only aspire to. This book stands out on the shelf as something quite special and which like the person, will not fail to find a special place within its readers hearts. Included are some wonderful photographs of Audrey (some outstanding ones like those taken in the film Roman holiday or Funny Face), that just take your breath away. Films such as Paris when it sizzles, Sabrina and the Nun’s story are ones that are very close to my heart, and always will be as I have watched them so many times and like a true classic you can never tire of them. She is an individual who has had a most remarkable life that is so fascinating to read about and discover, whether you are an ongoing fan or new admirer of her and her roles in various films. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this memoir about an extraordinary individual whose road to stardom is fascinating, and I highly recommend it.

  • Jana Kaplan
    2019-04-17 11:03

    This was a long read, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Audrey Hepburn's life and career. This is a character study on an actress who never really wanted to be an actress but a ballerina....she survived the Nazis, being abandoned by her father at the beginning of WWII, two dastardly husbands and more than a few miscarriages. But she adapted, stood strong, remained positive and weathered through with class and grace. The writing style of the book is chronological, of course, but I found some time frames being referred to repeatedly throughout the entire book. She was a beautiful woman inside and out, but I was left with a feeling of puzzlement, I think because she really did NOT want to be an actress....but she was....and then she sort of threw it all away...for her husband, then her son, then her next husband, and then her other son. I don't fault her for wanting to be a good wife and mother, I simply question the writing of this piece of the book. I was given the impression that her career, besides delivering her enough wealth to buy nice clothes and real estate, was something she did not take very seriously. In some segments, the author paints her to be an extreme bore...."asleep by 9" or "she threw dinner parties...they were very boring." I don't know - I guess my idea of her in her private life was a bit more glamourous than what she was. But what broke my heart was the work she did for UNICEF. As a child, my first memory of seeing Audrey Hepburn on TV was when she was in Ethiopia on a UNICEF trip - and I remember thinking how beautiful she was, just from that picture on tv, at the age of 62, carrying a starving, nearly dead child to bring him food and water. The trip descriptions and end of the book left me in tears. She was such a wonderful person - I believe that by visiting Somalia in 1992 and reporting back to DC about it, she singlehandledly got the United States military involved. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows small amounts of information about Ms. Hepburn - it is choc-a-block full of EVERYTHING you would need to know, and more.

  • April
    2019-04-08 10:15

    After reading Ernest Borgnine's autobiography, the beginning of Audrey Hepburn seemed a little dry at first, not as personal, especially in the listing of family names going into her genealogical background.But as I continued reading, it seemed less dry and impersonal and more educational. The biography is very comprehensive, extremely well researched, almost academic, and the amount of information gave a surprising insight into Audrey's psyche. The author had great access to a lot of the people in Audrey's life and put in a lot of firsthand accounts from friends and family and a lot of contemporary quotes from the media. I have to say, if you want to read just one book about Audrey Hepburn and learn everything you ever need to know about her, then this is the book. It takes you through her entire life from birth to death and even covers what went on before and after — you get a really great sense of who she and her family were, and that's about as much as you could wish for in a biography.Gift from Minnie. Finished reading March 28, 2011.

  • Tara
    2019-03-30 15:54

    I'm not really a big fan of Audrey Hepburn, but as she has remained so popular, I was curious to know more about her life. This was quite a good read though I don't know how it compares to other biographies of her. It was interesting to learn about her childhood experience of war, her movies, her humanitarian work, and how she found love later in life. I can see why so many people admire her, and also why it's so hard to really know her.

  • Ledaromero
    2019-04-11 10:14


  • Merja Pohjola
    2019-04-18 13:55

    Well you gotta believe it... she was as close to an angel who ever walked the earth as anyone was... ;) Anyways, compared to Spoto they disagree on lots of things, mainly about her acting skills. I agree with Spoto that one only needs to look into her eyes at the end of "Children's hour" to know that she was an actress with a big A. I haven't seen all of her movies, and by no means does Barry Paris say she couldn't act, only that she couldn't have risen above the type of roles she played. I disagree. Just IMHO. Though she would have needed to be real passionate about acting, cause no great things can be achieved if one is not that, and towards the end of her life she was more passionate about UNICEF. Here's another difference. Paris spends a lot of time talking about her childhood and how difficult it was, yet how brave she was during Nazi occupation. A plus for Paris. (I mean he went into further detail about it...) Paris also spends a lot more time discussing her work for the UNICEF and you get the idea about just HOW passionate she was. Yet another plus for Paris. Spoto spends more time in her film career. That gives a plus to Paris. Then, Paris spends just too much time with her death and how people reacted and how good she was... and that is a minus to Paris. Never liked tearjerkers, and even when you say how brave she was... to me it is a tearjerker plus! So both books have their good and bad points but both agree she was a wonderful human being. Now that I can believe. Now recommend a third book for me, it is interesting to compare them...

  • Glynn
    2019-04-20 15:51

    I read this biography of Audrey Hepburn for a book bingo thing going on at my library. There was a category for “biography” and one for “book cover” and I was at the library and this book was on the shelf and I picked it up so it might serve both purposes. The life of Audrey Hepburn is a fascinating one and this author delves into deep detail about her early years in Holland during WWII and then as a film star and finally as a wife and mother and international representative for UNICEF. She started out in ballet and seemed unlikely to become a movie star. She was kind of unique at the time, with most movie studios going for female stars with a different look (more busty and fuller figures.) Audrey was more fashion oriented and started a whole craze for the slim, stylish look. The writing is pretty easy to read and the many anecdotes and stories of Audrey Hepburn’s life kept me reading. There are some parts of the book which seemed to me kind of disjointed but other than that it was a good read. I hadn’t paid much attention to Audrey Hepburn in the movies but now I have seen at least 2 of her films. One thing I didn’t know about her and is only covered at the very end of the book is her deep voice. I had always pictured a high voice in my mind when looking at her image. All in all this was an interesting read and I recommend it to anyone interested in the pioneer movies and movie stars from the early years of film.

  • Amy Dingman rush
    2019-04-09 17:17

    For those who love some of Audrey Hepburn's movies like I do, who find her classic beauty and sweet personality to be enchanting, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It starts with her childhood, which includes the occupation of her hometown by the Nazi's and her several near-death experiences. It continues through her teenage years with her and her mother trying to survive post-war conditions in a new city. The book walks the reader through all of the important events that took place to lead her into show business. While doing so, it reveals Audrey's personality, fears, and self-perceptions. The author discusses not only the movies she acted in but also the private life, thoughts, and decisions of Miss Hepburn. One of the many strengths of this book is the interviews and quotes used to tell her story. From interviews with her first husband and then the last love-of-her-life, to her best friends and sons, the picture painted of Audrey's life was a complete one, full of respect, and though seemingly an honest account, succeeded in painting her in a very favorable light. We get to know here in a personal way from birth to death, as well as the people who touched her life who said it was she who touched theirs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about this beautiful person!

  • Malak El
    2019-03-24 11:53

    5th Febuary 2015Born in Belgium the 4th May of 1929, Audrey Kathleen Ruston had a big futur. She had a difficulty growing up because of the World War II but she moved to England in 1948. Audrey practiced balley with her bestfriend,Sonia Gaskell. Audrey performed her dance at the West End Musical Theatre Productions. She spoke six languages which are; English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German. She was engaged with James Hanson but ended their relationship on their wedding day because their work would keep them apart.When the World War II ended, Audrey moved back to Amsterdam. In 1949 she appeared at an air stewardess in an educational travel film. She couldn't be a ballet dancer because of her height and she became weak. Instead of being sad because she couldn't be a balerrina, she focused on becoming an actor. She performed in a Musical theater.When Audrey came back from Somalia for the UNICEF, she began to have abdominal pain. She decided to go get examined in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The doctor told her that she had abdominal cancer. She had many surgeries but doctors found that the diseasse spred too fast and too much that it was incurreable. Audrey died in her on the 20 January 1993 which was devasting everybody. She had an important life.

  • Evie
    2019-04-02 15:54

    Audrey Hepburn was an extraordinary person and Barry Paris pictures her life not in the romanticized way Hollywood movies have done in the past, but in an honest way. Before her dazzling and successful Hollywood career, she had lived in The Netherlands (very close to my hometown) and witnessed the horrors of the Second World War. This had influenced her life greatly and this became apparant in her humanitarian work for Unicef. I do not read biographies very often, but for this one I made an exception. I became interested in her after having seen most of her movies where she really captivated me and this made me want to know more about her. Even though the book is of considerable lenght, it is definitely worth the read. I admire Paris for not only describing her Hollywood life in great detail, but her whole life. This way, a reader is given a real insight into the life of this extraordinarily beautiful person. A very honest book about one of the most captivating, beautiful women who has ever lived. She sadly died way too young of cancer on the day I was born.

  • Dhiraj Sharma
    2019-03-27 17:51

    Audrey Hepburn was IMHO one of the most beautiful actresses of Holywood. The whole world fell in love with her after watching her in Roman Holiday a role which fetched her an Oscar. She had that something about her which cannot be explained in words.Barry Paris's biography does at good job of covering Audrey's life right from Arnheim raid of WW-II to her huminatarian work with Unicef. She was such a gentle, generous and an excellent human being, a fact which earned her many admirers. The book also boasts some rare photographs of her.Probabaly the best biography of Audrey Hepburn. If you are a fan of hers then you can't afford to miss this book.My only regret : I wish the author had included some photos of Audrey and Gregory Peck from Roman Holiday. They looked so handsome together. May her soul rest in peace.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-15 11:02

    I'm not convinced that Barry Paris is the best biographer ever, but I did enjoy learning more about Audrey Hepburn, who always seemed to conduct herself as a lady should both on and off much so, that I never realized that her character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's was a "lady of the evening" and I just watched it this summer! I didn't know she lived through years of constant deprivation and hunger as a young girl witnessing of the horrors of Nazi-occupied Holland in WW2. I was pleasantly surprised to discover no ugly scandals about her at all and she apparently had nothing bad to say about anyone. That sort of thing is a staple in an "unauthorised" biography so I'm guessing there really was nothing to dig up. How unusual.

  • Kristine Kohut
    2019-04-13 15:51

    One of the best biographies out there. It's well researched. The opening chapters taught me so much about Dutch history during WWII. Though flawed, I still fell in love with this lady. I felt so affirmed in collecting her movies. It got a bit repetetive and cookie-cutter during the movie-by-movie part of the book, and read sort of like the research projects I assigned my 11th Grade students, however, I enjoy watching making-of documentaries on films, and that's what these chapters were like. They reviewed the films and told what her life was like during the making of it. Her marriages were tragic...I was happy for the true love she found in the end, even if she didn't marry him.

  • Mona
    2019-04-22 11:16

    Audrey Hepburn was, and is, one of my all-time favorite actresses. I went through an "Audrey" phase in middle school and read this back then. The best parts of this book, from what I can remember, are the beginning and end, which describe Audrey apart from her movie roles. Her childhood experiences in the Netherlands under the German occupation during World War II, and her relief work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF towards the end of her life, make this biography worth reading and demonstrate the humanness behind one of America's most-loved stars.

  • Lydia
    2019-03-28 13:01

    Audrey Hepburn was an enchanting woman, but biographer Barry Paris is rather too obviously in love with her here. Hepburn can do pretty much no wrong in his eyes. So little professional distance from his subject makes for a poor biography. He goes through the motions of her life, but you never really feel that he (or the reader) really gets to know her. The book is from 1996, only three years after her death; perhaps that was simply too soon for a proper biography.Apart from that, I found the writing disjointed, and Paris's many tangents and love of anecdotes frequently tedious.

  • Misty
    2019-04-16 17:50

    I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn and one of my friends bought this book for me for my birthday one year. It was great reading about her life, her career and all the charity work she was well known for. She was truly a wonderful and talented person. I loved the pictures that were included. She had such a unique beauty about her and such grace. There will never be another actress quite like her.

  • Haley
    2019-04-19 11:13

    While this book was a bit boring at parts, it helped me understand and know more about Audrey Hepburn. I love how classy she was and how she dealt with every situation with positivity and hopefulness. She could have turned to drugs or drinking, but she stayed herself throughout every part of her life and I think she sounds like an incredible person. If I could go back in time and meet one single person and just have one conversation with them, I would choose Audrey Hepburn.

  • De'borah Samuelson
    2019-03-23 17:12

    This is one of the better biographies I've read in a long time. I went to a book swap and even though I would not call myself a fan of Hepburn's, I do like biographies and gave this one a try. I was not disappointed. It is well written and full of touching, telling scenes about Audrey's life. I would recommend this book to any of her fans and say that even if you aren't a fan its a well written book and you should add it to your collection.

  • Linda
    2019-04-13 10:01

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s has always been a favorite movie of mine. But, I had no idea of Audrey Hepburn’s past before reading this book. At the age of 13, she was part of the resistance movement during the German occupation of the Netherlands, risking her life. Her family had very little to eat and she almost died from malnutrition. Later in her life, she devoted herself to UNICEF to help others who were suffering as she once had. She was truly an amazing woman.

  • Yulya Roesdy
    2019-03-28 14:17

    Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris is a great book about an amazing lady. She's not only extremely talented and beautiful, but also an amazing person with shining personality. Audrey Hepburn is not only an inspiration because of how she does her makeup or styles her hair, but also because she's a great example to others on how to live their lives. Such a lovely read, I barely put it down.-Yulya Roesdy-

  • Sarah
    2019-04-17 18:11

    There was so much I didn't know about Audrey Hepburn before reading this biography. There are some contested aspects Paris's rendition of Hepburn's life, including his discussion of her weight, but overall, I felt the image to be fairly even-handed. It is neither over-critical, nor does it devolve into idolatry.

  • Julie
    2019-03-23 16:00

    Had this book for years and finally picked it up for an assignment I had to do on Audrey. This way a great book to learn all about the wonderful and beautiful nature of one of Hollywood's most endearing legacies. Highly recommend this if you want to learn more of Audrey and her remarkable life. If I can live my life with even an ounce of the grace, poise and integrity she did, I will be happy!

  • James Lew
    2019-03-28 09:48

    My uncle once mockingly asked "Why do you want to read about her?". I said that I learned so much about this beautiful woman, her love for people and peace, and I think I am a better and more caring person as a result of this.People do not necessarily have to read about current affairs or significant historical figures to be knowledgeable. Any form of experiences can contribute to learning.

  • Hiba Tarabishi
    2019-04-11 15:11

    I love Audrey Hepburn and I found this book really interesting at first. Her childhood and the start of fame was very interesting, but I started losing interest as there were so many details I wasn't interested in. I didn't actually finish reading the biography because I know I'll only read it healf-heartedly

  • Bianca
    2019-04-03 10:54

    This was a very well-documented and detailed book, with a good structure and easy to read. I loved the fact that it was not sensational, like many biographies of celebrities are. However, I found that sometimes it read like a thesis - to academic, if that makes any sense.Maybe I am influenced by my eternal love for Audrey Hepburn, but I think any book about her should have more "soul".

  • Rumpusparable
    2019-03-30 17:15

    Quite good. Carefully touched on a subject that is often debated and/or ignored as impossible by many (whether reader who gathers it or not is another thing....), came with a lot of details and comments by Audrey herself, pulled from much of her family's members and friends. So it was interesting. Easy read, too.