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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Spoto Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unprecedented access to studio archives, friends and colleagues who knew and loved Audrey, bestselling author Donald Spoto provides an intimate and moving account of this beautiful, elusive and talented woman.

Tracing her astonishing rise to stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling 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 would go on to star in some of the most popular movies of the twentieth century, including Roman HolidaySabrinaFunny Face, The Nun’s StoryBreakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. A friend and inspiration to renowned designer Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey emerged as a fashion icon as well as a film legend, her influence on women’s fashion virtually unparalleled to this day.

But behind the glamorous public persona, Audrey Hepburn was both a different and a deeper person and a woman who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto offers remarkable insights into her professional and personal relationships with her two husbands, and with celebrities such as Gregory Peck, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary Grant, Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney and Ben Gazzara. The turbulent romances of her youth, her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry children, and the thrills and terrors of motherhood prepared Audrey for the final chapter in her life, as she devoted herself entirely to the charity efforts of an organization that had once come to her rescue at the end of the war: UNICEF.

Donald Spoto has written a poignant, funny and deeply moving biography of an unforgettable woman. At last, Enchantment reveals the private Audrey Hepburn—and invites readers to fall in love with her all over again.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Triciafelice | 2/16/2014

    " A good read with interesting details of her life and insight into her stardom. A bit idealized in its view of Audrey, which she is partly worthy of and I suppose is partly to be expected from a biographer. Describes her as much more depressed and generally discontented than her public image seemed. A bit "victim of the life of luxury" which was hard to buy, but redeemed by her UNICEF commitment ( really only touched on in the last chapter or two) . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlotte | 2/15/2014

    " It was a good read if you are particularly interested in Audrey as an actress rather than as a person. Lots of good information about the make-up styles/Palettes used during the early part of her career. I found the references to her personal life to be quite erratic and unfinished.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Beth Marion | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed reading about Hepburn's childhood, such as it was, and how she survived WW2. The book can get a bit "gossipy" - there's a lot of detail about her affairs and co-stars - but I really felt the author had an appreciation for her talent as well. He seemed to give mini-critiques of her movies, which was interesting ... I didn't always agree, but it added to the narrative. It definitely made me want to have a Hepburn movie marathon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna | 2/3/2014

    " I am neither a movie buff nor one who generally follows the lives of movie stars, but I do enjoy biographies and have always liked Audrey Hepburn's acting. Since Hepburn was such a private person, Spoto has pieced together a biography based primarily on the reports of those who worked with or were close to his subject. As such, the feelings, reactions, and personal details of Audrey Hepburn are in short supply, and this makes for a less interesting account than I wished for. Nonetheless, there was much of interest to be told and the book left me wanting to revisit some favorite classic movies. "

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