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Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait

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Anything but intimate, this adulatory biography of the actress Gregory Peck called ”a sophisticated elf” is too shallow to reveal much more than the silhouette of Audrey Hepburn’s unusual life. A former entertainment columnist for the New York Post, Diana Maychick delivers the facts, describing Hepburn’s harrowing childhood in German-occupied Arnhem, the Netherlands, during World War II, her broken home, ascent to fame, and two failed marriages-all in a gurgle of Holly Golightly effervescence that packs the punch of a press release in Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait. Although she claims to have interviewed Hepburn before the actress died early last year-a fact disputed by the star’s longtime companion, actor Robert Wolders-Maychick makes no effort to describe Hepburn as she says she knew her, which may explain her book’s chilly impersonality. C+

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