“I am, and forever will be, devastated by the gift of Audrey Hepburn before my camera. I cannot lift her to greater heights. She is already there. I can only record, I cannot interpret her. There is no going further than who she is. She has achieved in herself her ultimate portrait.” – Richard Avedon
There have been countless books on Audrey Hepburn, from photographic tomes that celebrate her cinematic and personal style to unauthorized biographies to instructional how-tos on channeling the style icon’s oft copied way with clothes and dressing.
Audrey Hepburn fans would be happy to know that there is a new book out that celebrates the life, style and lasting legacy of their idol entitled Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life. Unlike previous books on the actress, the writer Robyn Karney has delved deep into the life of Hepburn, from her childhood in Nazi Germany to her rise as a Hollywood leading lady, from her loves and love lost to her second career as a humanitarian for the United Nations, all supplemented with glorious photographs, some of which have never been since. There are 177 photographs in all, some are stills from her movies or studio publicity shots. But of all the photographs in the book, the most revealing are those that capture intimate moments Hepburn shared with her first and second husbands, her two sons and her friend and collaborator Hubert de Givenchy.
“My own life has been much more than a fairy tale. I’ve had my share of difficult moments, but… whatever difficulties I’ve gone through, I’ve always gotten at the end.” – Audrey Hepburn.