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Overcoming a complicated childhood in the complicated Nazi-occupied Germany, Miss Audrey Hepburn skyrocketed to stardom in her early 20s when she stole the screen opposite Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday." From early aspirations to become a prima ballerina, the universal acclaim of her onscreen début, and her quick ascend up the Hollywood hierarchy, "Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life" (Arcade Publishing, August 2012) celebrates the life of this beloved fashion icon and actress.
Beyond her onscreen beauty, author Robin Karney details Audrey's devotion to helping the poorest children of the Third World, setting her apart from her Hollywood companions. Before claiming the Oscar for Best Actress for her work in "Roman Holiday," Audrey began to climb to the top with a series of minor revue and film roles in London, where she was discovered by Colette to star in "Gigi." Karney highlights all of Audrey's success that followed—winning the Tony Award for Best Actress for "Ondine," captivating audiences as Natasha in "War and Peace," brilliantly performing her uncharacteristically serious role in "The Nun's Story" — and most importantly - establishing herself as the fashion icon of the century. With an impeccable style inspired by Givenchy, Audrey earned her a place on the World's Best Dressed Women list for several consecutive years.
Supported by 177 stunning photographs, Karney carefully captures the delicate, intangible facets of Audrey's style, poise, talent, and heart that fascinated a generation. "Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life" is a rare and beautiful glimpse into the life of an irresistible star: Her personality and sensuous yet untouchable beauty made her irresistible to the public—but it was her work to provide aid for suffering children that cemented her place above the rest.
About the Author
Robyn Karney's work in film includes writing and editing, film criticism, and film story consultancy. She is the editor of Who's Who in Hollywood. Karney lives in London, England.