Margot Mifflin
January 14, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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