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Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit Paperback – April 5, 2005
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The perspective of this book is understandably biased but fresh, and obviously Ferrer's access to his mother's personal belongings - family snapshots, paintings and drawings done by her, even her passports - builds an intimate story. I have to admit I was taken aback by the more familiar photos of Hepburn during her Hollywood glory years (especially the glamorous Cecil Beaton pictures) and amazed at how lovely she continued to look in the professional photos taken a year or so before her death. Not surprisingly, the most moving part is Ferrer's account of her final weeks when she took one last flight from California to what looks to be a most idyllic place, her home La Paisible in Switzerland. This should be the final word about her, but that is unlikely as she continues to fascinate. Somewhere Joan Crawford must be eating her heart out.
"Her choices healed the sadness of a little girl who didn't know her father for most of her life." ~ Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit, by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
"I knew her first as my mother and then as my best friend. Only after that did I understand that she was an actress and, with time, that she was truly an exceptional actress. Only after she passed away did I realize to what an extent she had truly touched our world." ~ Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit, by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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It's as every bit as beautiful as he described and I bought it as a gift for Mother's Day. My mum recieved it so well she couldn't put it down for days till she'd skipped through the pages of history in words and photos.
A wonderful book about a wonderful woman who supported her family and charities till the very end.
if you have any sort of interest in the great woman give it a read and see for yourself.