Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

An Elegant Spirit

Book - 2003
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A portrait of the celebrated movie actress, as presented by her son, recounts her most noted performances, her work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and her role as a dedicated wife and mother, in a tribute complemented by previously unpublished photographs and Hepburn's own paintings.

& Taylor

A portrait of the celebrated movie actress, as presented by her son, recounts her most noted performances, her work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and her role as a dedicated wife and mother.

Simon and Schuster

In an era of Hollywood icons, no star shined brighter than Audrey Hepburn. Her charm, her grace, her frail humanity and, of course, that stunning face delighted moviegoers across the world. On-screen and onstage she dazzled millions as Gigi, Eliza Doolittle and Holly Golightly. But to her son Sean she was simply "Mummy."

In the first insider portrait of Audrey Hepburn, Sean Hepburn Ferrer offers an intimate glimpse into the life of Hollywood's most celebrated actress. In this emotional and candid memoir, Sean tells his mother's remarkable story, from her childhood in war-torn Holland to the height of her fame to her autumn years far from the camera and the crush of the paparazzi. It is a rare look at Audrey not from the photographer's lens, but through the eyes of the son who adored her.

Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit features nearly three hundred photographs, documents and artwork by Audrey herself, many of which have previously been unavailable. In this unprecedented memoir, Sean Hepburn Ferrer remembers the actress the world adored as only a son can.

More than a Hollywood biography, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit is about the relationship between a son and his mother. Sean introduces us to an Audrey who was as profoundly sad as she was beautiful. Helpless to change the cruelties of the world and powerless against her own insecurities, Audrey was a devoted mother to Sean -- "my best friend," he calls her -- and his brother, Luca. And when they were older, they were proud to see their mother use her fame to help the children of the world who were in need. As the spokeswoman for UNICEF, Audrey brought worldwide attention to the tragic lives of millions of impoverished children. And now Sean Hepburn Ferrer continues that work with the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund (, to which he has donated his proceeds from this book.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780671024789
Characteristics: xxiv, 230 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm


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LoganLib_Adults Jun 02, 2016

A great read and so many interesting facts from Audrey's son Sean!

May 23, 2015

A great read!

May 13, 2015

Love this book. Audrey Hepburn - what a classic.

LoganLib_darsh Feb 03, 2015

The photos in the book are lovely just to view. Her son has written it, showing the personal side of Audrey that was kept from the media.

LoganLib_Ashlee Jan 23, 2015

My favourite Audrey Hepburn biography especially since it was written by her son and he has included great and rare old time pictures.

Jun 13, 2014

I loved this book. The point of view from her son was amazing. I felt as if I was experiencing parts of the book with him. Audrey's last days were very touching to read. She was an amazing woman.

May 30, 2012

Very sweet memorial to a mother. Offered a very genuine inside glimpse of her views on life from a (very) reliable source. Even included a few favourite recipes. There is a lot of information about her love of children and her involvement with UNICEF that was incredibly inspiring. Overall very sweet and endearing (even teared up a bit at the end).


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Jun 13, 2014

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- Audrey Hepburn

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