By Martin Gitlin
From the instant she seemed at the American silver display 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 circulate in the course of international battle II, to her large movie profession, her charity paintings for UNICEF, and her roles as a spouse, mom, and model icon, Audrey Hepburn's position in American cultural heritage is delivered to lifestyles for a brand new new release of readers. that includes illustrations, a timeline of occasions, a specific bibliography, and an appendix of Hepburn's movie, degree, and television appearances, this quantity will attract scholars of yank experiences, American heritage, movie, and well known culture.A sleek and diminutive presence onscreen, Hepburn breathed lifestyles into probably the most iconic movie roles in Hollywood heritage. to review her existence is to review American type and tradition, in particular 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 battle II, and the chances of modern day activism as exemplified in her paintings for UNICEF within the 80s and early 90s. From her formative years activism within the Dutch resistance circulation in the course of global battle II, to her large movie profession, her charity paintings for UNICEF.With unique aptitude, this attractive biography explores the existence and paintings of 1 of the main loved actresses ever to grace the degree and monitor. Readers will discover the German career of her fatherland in the course of global conflict II and her anti-Nazi resistance actions, her early level roles and her discovery by means of French novelist Colette, who solid her within the degree creation of Gigi, her prestige as model icon, and a behind-the-scenes look at the casting and filming of a few of her such a lot famous motion pictures, together with Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sabrina, and My reasonable girl.
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Extra resources for Audrey Hepburn: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
Miller encouraged her to turn down the offer to test for the romantic comedy for fear that she might be motivated to back out of Gigi. Audrey, however, agreed to a screen test for Roman Holiday. Wyler placed Thorold Dickinson, who had directed her in Secret People, in charge of the test. Dickinson formulated a plan that was kept secret from Audrey, in which the cameras would continue rolling well after her lines had been delivered so the powers that be could soak in her personality. After speaking her part, she enthusiastically and without a trace of pretentiousness asked for a response to her performance, then spoke sweetly to Dickinson and the camera crew.
Audrey was still recovering from edema and hepatitis, so Ella believed reenrolling her in ballet classes would not only advance her professional aspirations, but also help her recover from her weakened state. Winja Marova had been so impressed with Audrey that she suggested that the 16-year-old study with one Sonia Gaskell, arguably the leading figure in Dutch ballet. Gaskell, a Lithuanian Jew who had escaped the Holocaust by going into hiding during the war, ran a school that later blossomed into the Dutch National Ballet.
The UNRRA placed food, clothing, and basic medical supplies in local schools. Audrey picked out sweaters and skirts that had been shipped from the United States. About three weeks later, to her great joy and relief, Alexander returned home to Arnhem after having emerged from his underground hideout. He showed up with his pregnant wife, who gave birth to Audrey’s nephew Michael in mid-July. Soon thereafter, Ian also appeared at the front door after having walked most of the 325 miles from Berlin to Arnhem.
Audrey Hepburn: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Martin Gitlin