By Martin Gitlin
From the instant she seemed at the American silver reveal as a runaway princess in Roman vacation, Audrey Hepburn was once liked by way of critics and audiences alike. From her formative years activism within the Dutch resistance flow in the course of international warfare II, to her wide movie occupation, her charity paintings for UNICEF, and her roles as a spouse, mom, and model icon, Audrey Hepburn's position in American cultural heritage is dropped at existence for a brand new new release of readers. that includes illustrations, a timeline of occasions, a particular bibliography, and an appendix of Hepburn's movie, degree, and television appearances, this quantity will attract scholars of yankee stories, American background, movie, and well known culture.A swish and diminutive presence onscreen, Hepburn breathed existence into essentially the most iconic movie roles in Hollywood background. to review her lifestyles is to review American style and tradition, particularly vintage motion pictures of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Her tale additionally illuminates the event of daily humans dwelling in Europe in the course of international struggle II, and the probabilities of modern day activism as exemplified in her paintings for UNICEF within the 80s and early 90s. From her early life activism within the Dutch resistance circulation in the course of global struggle II, to her huge movie occupation, her charity paintings for UNICEF.With wonderful aptitude, this enticing biography explores the existence and paintings of 1 of the main loved actresses ever to grace the level and display. Readers will discover the German career of her native land in the course of international battle II and her anti-Nazi resistance actions, her early level roles and her discovery by way of French novelist Colette, who solid her within the degree construction of Gigi, her prestige as style icon, and a behind-the-scenes check out the casting and filming of a few of her such a lot recognized movies, together with Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sabrina, and My reasonable girl.
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Extra resources for Audrey Hepburn: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
Ella tried in vain to recover the money and estate she had lost during the war and was forced to take a job in a florist shop that paid 10 dollars a week, while Audrey did clerical work during the day and also did some modeling for magazine ads hawking such items as soap and shampoo. In the meantime, Audrey auditioned for a spot in a ballet school run by the legendary and disciplined Marie Rambert, who had been known to punish students who slouched or folded their arms by smacking them in the knuckles with a stick.
6 Audrey, meanwhile, was displaying a real love of ballet. She continued to be Morova’s prize pupil into January 1944, when she performed WAR CHILD 19 in a student showcase that her teacher had choreographed at the Arnhem City Theater. Billed as Audrey Hepburn-Ruston, she was featured in several numbers and was noted to have performed brilliantly. But it was at that point that she had become so frail and weak that Marova told Ella that Audrey should stop dancing temporarily. By that time, the van Heemstra family was subsisting on barely edible bread made with peas and a watery soup.
Audrey not only felt strongly about Hanson, but considering that her career as an actor remained questionable, she was drawn to the sense of security the relationship brought. Audrey, however, was torn by what appeared to be two distinctly separate paths from which she now must choose. She could draw closer to Hanson as well as his friends and lifestyle, thereby eliminating any financial need for an acting career. Or she could continue to pursue her chosen profession, which could very well disillusion Hanson and place their relationship in jeopardy.
Audrey Hepburn: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Martin Gitlin