Young Audrey Hepburn refused the role of Anne Frank, saying, ”I don’t want to profit from a saint.” But 35 years later she narrated The Diary of Anne Frank to raise money for UNICEF, the children’s fund for which she was a saint herself — one who deserves a better biography than British film critic Alexander Walker’s detached, secondhand reporting in Audrey: Her Real Story. He does include much of interest (though he goes on ad nauseam about her ”absence of bosom”): Hepburn’s refusal to play a frumpish Tennessee Williams spinster in Summer and Smoke unless Givenchy designed her clothes, her spiteful mistreatment by Humphrey Bogart while filming Sabrina, her father’s Nazi past, her incredible UNICEF fieldwork, her affection for children, and her love of home (she traveled with her own furniture). Walker has all the facts — and nothing but the facts; he never illuminates Hepburn herself. Result: a meticulous account without character. C+
Audrey: Her Real Story Young Audrey Hepburn refused the role of Anne Frank, saying, ''I don't want to profit from a saint.'' But 35 years later she narrated The Diary of...Audrey: Her Real StoryBiographyAlexander Walker Young Audrey Hepburn refused the role of Anne Frank, saying, ''I don't want to profit from a saint.'' But 35 years later she narrated The Diary of...1995-01-13
Genre: Biography; Author: Alexander Walker
Posted January 13 1995 — 12:00 AM EST
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