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British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Audrey Hepburn

British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Audrey Hepburn [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors
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*Includes pictures of Audrey and important people, places, and scenes.
*Includes Audrey's own words about her upbringing and relationships.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

"One might guess this is Miss Hepburn's picture, since she has the title role and has come to it trailing her triumphs from last year's ‘Roman Holiday.’ And, indeed, she is wonderful in it - a young lady of extraordinary range of sensitive and moving expressions within such a frail and slender frame. She is even more luminous as the daughter and pet of the servants' hall than she was as a princess last year, and no more than that can be said." – Bosley Crowther, movie critic for The New York Times, 1954

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ British Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of Britain’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

For someone whose career ended over 30 years ago, Audrey Hepburn continues to retain her popularity and exert a strong influence over how people view beauty and sophistication. She remains an American icon, despite the fact that she did not even move to the United States until 1953 (at the age of 24) and spent the majority of her life living in Europe, while her characters in films such as Roman Holiday (1953) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) are still held up as the paragon of delicate femininity and elegance. After undergoing a revival in popularity throughout the 1990s, her renewed popularity has refused to wane, and even though she acted in just 25 films, Hepburn is viewed in high regard by the entertainment establishment. When the American Film Institute listed their Top 100 actresses of the past century, Hepburn trailed only Katherine Hepburn and Bette Davis.

Audrey Hepburn has been canonized as one of the preeminent actresses in history, but the majority of the other actresses on the American Film Institute list appeared in far more films than she did, and many of her films are almost entirely forgotten at the present moment. People are still familiar with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, and Funny Face (1957), but Paris When it Sizzles (1964) and How to Steal a Million (1966) were virtually forgotten not long after their release. In light of the relative obscurity of many of Hepburn’s films, it is worthwhile to consider exactly what Hepburn possessed that gave her such enduring popularity and significance. Obviously, she was very attractive, but so are many actresses; in fact, it seemed to be Hepburn’s ability to be both attractive and angelic that seemed to set her apart. She brought a different kind of beauty to Hollywood; in the words of Barry Paris, she was the “diametric opposite of the European sex goddess.” She combined the graceful movement of a classically-trained dancer with the unconventional facial features that made her impossible to forget, and her legacy has only grown in significance since her premature death in 1993.

British Legends: The Life and Legend of Audrey Hepburn looks at the life of the iconic actress on and off the silver screen. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Audrey Hepburn like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492704628
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CL3HEN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too short. 27 Feb 2014
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It was far too short and didn't give any more info than I already knew.Still, I enjoyed it all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blossom 1 Sep 2013
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enjoyed reading this book. very interesting and nformative. she was such an iconi figure and lovely book to read. can recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars like it 21 Aug 2013
By Dawn
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Very good did not realise she was so versatile and talented,very good read and informative about her life,recommend you read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An amazing Hollywood icon 4 May 2013
By Doris Nester - Published on
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I LIKED this book as I learned so much about a beautiful and talented actress that I had always admired. She gave up her career so many times to try and have a child and was a devoted mother. She was a style icon and just went with what she had, not hAving plAstic surgery like all the stars of today. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious to learn more about a wonderful actress of the past.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Life and Legacy of Audrey Hepburn 12 Feb 2014
By Marian D. Kramer - Published on
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Normally I don't like the Charles River Editions because they aren't very thorough, but I loved reading about beautiful Audrey Hepburn. I loved her so much.
I would recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Hepburn 7 Jan 2014
By maria blanco - Published on
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I would recommend this book,it was really interesting to get into the life of a movie star I have always admired!
4.0 out of 5 stars short but interesting 12 May 2014
By Billee Hoornbeek - Published on
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Found the book well written and researched. A bit on the sketchy side with little detail about the family life and children.
Overall I enjoyed it.
3.0 out of 5 stars informative- nothing new 4 Jan 2014
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I had read a Audrey Hepburn biography in the past . This book was redundant with no new insights into the real Audrey Hepburn
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