Born in Brussels in 1929, Audrey Hepburn was the daughter of a
British father and a Dutch Baroness. But when she was five, her
father deserted the family. With the outbreak of war in 1939, her
mother thought they would be safer in Holland than Holland Park,
but although they survived the German Occupation, the experience
left its physical and emotional scars. Back in England again,
Audrey studied ballet with Marie Rambert. After a few West End
musicals and minor film parts, she was spotted by the author,
Colette, to star in a stage version of her novel,"Gigi".
And then Audrey's career took off. Her debut screen role was
the Princess in the enchanting"Roman Holiday". It won her
an Oscar. She went on to bring her unique grace and high spirits to
a number of highly acclaimed films - from"Funny
Face"and"The Nun's Story"to"My Fair
Lady","Breakfast at Tiffany's"and"Robin and
Marian". For a while it looked as though her personal life
would follow the Hollywood dream. But her marriage to
Mel Ferrer was not to last. She married and divorced a second time,
and there were other passionate but short-lived affairs, some
revealed for the first time in this book, but her relationships
were never entirely successful. With all the insight, background
knowledge and innate sympathy for his subject, qualities that have
made his biographies of Hitchcock, Dietrich, Monroe and Bergman
such international successes, Donald Spoto truly captures the
spirit of an elusive, beautiful, talented and vulnerable woman.
Ausstattung/Bilder: New ed. 2007. 304 p. w. 16 ill.
Abmessung: 22mm x 132mm x 196mm
"Spoto has a Hollywood knack of spinning a good yarn ... What he delivers, with great vim and verbal rhythm, is a portrait of a cherished actress who led a seemingly blameless life" The Times "Immensely readable ... Donald Spoto captures the spirit of this enigmatic woman through her life and loves" Daily Express "The enchantment survives, unalloyed" Literary Review "Spoto's elegant prose is a perfect match for a subject who has always been a byword for elegance" Sunday Times "Spoto's sympathetic but frank biography leaves her less of an enigma but her magic remains untarnished" Sunday Tribune
Donald Spoto, 1941 geboren, studierte Theologie, Philosophie und Klassisches Altertum und unterrichtete zwanzig Jahre lang als Theologe, bevor er freier Schriftsteller wurde. In Deutschland wurde Spoto durch seine Biografien bekannt.