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A breezy but sometimes insightful read, this hybrid mini-biography/female empowerment manual goes down like a soothing tonic for the 21st-century woman attempting to juggle life, career, family and, if theres time, fashion. The waifish star and muse of Givenchy, Audrey could be quite the sage as well, turning out insightful phrases about working hard, living well and aging gracefully. Her simple, cautiously optimistic approach to life came as a result of her childhood in occupied Holland during World War II. The daughter of Baroness Ella van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston, Audrey left Amsterdam for London as a teen to study ballet. Her dance aspirations, however, morphed into a Hollywood career. Hellstern arranges each chapter as instructive vignettes, with headings like "Be genuine," "Live without regret" "Listen well" and even "Get plenty of vitamin C"; these are followed by stories, anecdotes and quotes from Audrey and her admirers, and punctuated with b&w photos, both enchanting candid shots and glamorous stills. Enduring the challenges of womanhood-miscarriages, divorce and the balancing act of career and family-Audrey Hepburn exuded dignity and humility through her successes and failures. As Hellstern styles it, she ate what she wanted but still watched her figure, and devoted herself to global causes without becoming political. "I could never be cynical," Hepburn claimed. "I wouldnt dare. Id roll over and die before that." 68 b/w photos.
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This hybrid mini-biography/female empowerment manual goes down like a soothing tonic for the 21st-century woman attempting to juggle life, career, family and, if there's time, fashion.' - 'Publishers Weekly' --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
It's great,especially if you love Audrey. The book paints a beautiful image of who Audrey was, doing its best to bring her very soul into itPublished 27 days ago by Richard Gutkowski
Easy to read and love her quotes. Always been a fan of Audrey. She was an excellent roll model for my generation. She was so classy.Published 2 months ago by Sandra
Loved it! It's simple and to the point.
Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Very useful and accurate, I really loved it, it is a must!
Got this for my wife. She's been an Audrey fan for years. She really likes it.Published 5 months ago by B. J. Smith
This book was not at all what I expected it to be. It's a bunch of quotes from Audrey Hepburn & people she worked with & knew. Had I known, I would not have purchased this book.Published 5 months ago by Dawn M. Tromontine
Such a simple easy read if you are a Audrey fan and want to get to know more about her life in general :) Great for any age but personally being 25, there were some life lessons... Read morePublished 5 months ago by nyc926