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What Would Audrey Do?

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  973 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Though on-camera she was often cast in the role of a carefree ingénue, Audrey Hepburn’s off-camera life was marked by challenges: growing up without a father and with the Nazi threat during her youth; a demanding film career while she was a young mother; unfaithful husbands and two divorces; and constant scrutiny from the media. Yet Audrey Hepburn always epitomized beauty ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by Gotham (first published January 1st 2008)
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I asked for this book as a gift because Audrey Hepburn is my idol and this book reveals so much about her life and how she dealt with different situations. This book has different stories that show her personality and how wonderful she really was. It also contains fun facts and details about her that make you admire her even more. I hope to be like Audrey one day, and I know a lot of people do because she is so graceful and lovely. This book shares how Audrey is still with us because she has lef ...more
Full disclosure: I am a HUGE Audrey Hepburn-phile. I love her movies, her beauty, her goodwill, her kindness, her peaceful spirit and, most of all, her style. I often joke that my fashion sense is "Audrey Hepburn re-imagined as a hot mess." I pretty much love everything she did and anything about her. That said, I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The biographical portions were fantastic, and I learned things I hadn't learned reading other biographies of her. But, I felt like the ...more
Huma Rashid
Though well written enough in terms of form and structure (I won't say anything about the annoying Royal "we" the author chooses to employ), what this book suffers from is an identity crisis.

Is it a biography of the life and times of the great Audrey Hepburn? Or is it a manual for women to become the Ideal Woman, as Audrey was?

I could forgive the endlessly cloying, sycophantic, stars-in-her-eyes tone of this book were it not for the way the author fails to address this identity crisis. First, s
I can tell you she wouldn't have bought this book!

Oh man, I really wanted to like this book, if just to not feel so shallow for having purchased it in the first place. I gave it two stars because I did learn some things about Audrey Hepburn that I didn't know before. Then again, I wish I had simply read a more serious biography of her life to spare me the candy-coated, repetitive, badly-written "chick-lit" style advice book.

Not only does she repeat the same information and quotes over and over
Olivia Elison
I thought this would be a biography on Audrey, but it was just a bunch of tips on how to be like her. (Which is something all women, especially in today's society, need).
Alot of speculation (how many times did I read "we think Audrey would have..") as to where AH would shop, and vacation if she were alive. Sounded like Keogh was drumming up business for rich friends to me. (the at-home checklist) Whatever... The author has a serious, almost disturbing-worship-like, crush on Audrey. In the back of the book she listed some "Very Audrey" people. Then I really had to wonder if the author new who she was writing about, not sure she knows anything about Audrey. This i ...more
Stephanie Folger
I initially gave this book 5 stars before I started reading it b/c I thought it HAD to be good being about Audrey and all. Well...
I am a diehard Audrey Hepburn fan, and I know that no one is perfect, but the author begs to differ. She paints Hepburn as an angel when really some of the examples cited actually make Audrey sound like a bit of a diva (to my dismay). And her attempts at including pop culture references are annoying--enough mentioning George Clooney for no reason at all! It's a cute b
"What Would Audrey Do?" isn't as much fun as it should have been. The book has its moments, including biographical details I hadn't known. But the author insists upon using the royal We to talk about herself, and many of her attempts to discern what Audrey would have thought of internet dating or the iPhone are just silly. She also uses the same quotes and anecdotes repeatedly. And in the end, what Audrey would do is conduct herself with class-not something I am convinced can be learned from rea ...more
Bookish Jen
A few months ago, I wrote a review of Jordan Christy’s book, How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World. I found Ms. Christy’s tome to be shallow, bitchy, materialistic and judgmental, traits that the late Audrey Hepburn rarely showed. While reading Christy’s blathering, I thought to myself, “You don’t know Audrey Hepburn at all, toots.” I’ve been a huge fan of the late Audrey Hepburn for over twenty years. Not only do I love her movies, I also greatly admire her work with UNICEF. And on a shallow no ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any fan of Audrey Hepburn
Shelves: biography
Loving all things Audrey (I walked down the aisle to "Moon River") I had to get this book. It's a fabulous take on a biography of AH, with tips and insights on how she might live in our oh so modern world today.
Audrey is timeless. And I have her to thank for my black ballet flats, carefully lined and mascara'd eyes, and a love of giving back to the world.
This is a fun book for any Audrey-phile.
A good book to read when you don't want to concentrate too hard, because it is extremely repetitive. Especially if you've already read an Audrey boigraphy or two, you might just want to just skim to the lists. The book was a cute idea and would have made a great longer magazine article, but just not enough there for a book.
Jill Sotelo
I saw this book on mod cloth and instantly thought, "pretty cover". I was into Audrey Hepburn movies at the time, so I had to get this book from my library. But Im so disappointed, I just got it today and I was only 20 pages in! I skipped around a bit, but really, I couldn't get through with it, let alone finish it. The introduction itself sounded so pretentious, and more the author wrote it using that kind of "we", uggh. So annoying. We? No, definitely not me. Some of the things said just in th ...more
First of all who does not absolutely love Audrey Hepburn! This book was written about her life, her grace and style. I can see myself re-reding this book in the near future.
I'm going to give this a rounding of 3.5 star rating. It wasn't the most interesting thing I have ever read. I love Audrey Hepburn and for the longest time she has been my role model. She is an elegant, beautiful, talented woman even though she never actually had any professional training. This book was more on how to be like Audrey and not as much about her. There were some things that seemed kind of unnecessary especially all of the addresses that she went to or lived at. It just seemed like i ...more
This book is a basically a lifestyle and looks guide, with Audrey Hepburn as inspiration (and really, who better?). There are also several stories from Audrey’s life (although, as is stated in the introduction, this is not a biography). Split into sections such as clothes, home, romance, etc., the book tells us what Audrey would do (hmm…) and gives advice on how readers can be more like Audrey. At this point, it seems fair to point out that I am a big fan of Audrey Hepburn, both as an actress, a ...more
What would Audrey do? Always a good question to ask oneself when faced with difficult choices, especially when faced with the choice of what you should wear. (I know the fad was WWJD for a long while but WWAD makes it a bit more chic) That being said, we cannot always do what Audrey would do. First off, there is no humanly way possible for my waist to be 20 inches. I tried for two days and couldn't do it. I did figure out that when I am plagued with hunger I resemble a disney villain which is ab ...more
What Would Audrey Do? by Pamela Clarke Keogh is more of a book of guidelines on how to be the amazing Audrey Hepburn. Each page gives some secret and some not so secret stories of Audreys life and how she went from invisible to untouchable. Every man wanted her and every women wanted to be her. She had poise, grace, and elegance. Audrey was the ideal model for the phrase "Think like a man, act like a lady."

Keogh keeps her audience turning the page by not just telling Audrey's story, but telling
CJ Reader
This was the first autobiographical works I've read about Audrey Hepburn and I was looking forward to learning about her life as well as seeing her ethos applied to daily life. I did learn much about her life but it was overly focused on her romances (and didn't really portray her in the best light with some) and less on her work ethos. Overall I found the application of Audrey vapid, the tips something I'd expect from the typical chick lit novel and it didn't do justice to the serious, determin ...more
Courtney M.
I absolutely love watching movies of Audrey Hepburn and learning about her life. The book is cute at first but I got so irritated by the lack of editing and grammatical issues that I stopped reading it and sold it. I'm not some grammar freak either, it was just that bad. There were times where sentences weren't completed or there were missing periods. Did anyone else notice this?

Also, the book was pretty repetitive.
As someone who has avidly followed the life of Audrey Hepburn, I felt that this book did her justice. She seemed to honour not only Audrey's classic style, but also the work she did in her private life. Clarke Keogh was able to frame a brief history of who Audrey was, while inspiring readers to try Audrey's fashion. Not a bad read if you're an Audrey fan, and a Hollywood historian.
Heather Santiago
Whether or not you're an avid fan of Audrey Hepburn, this is a wonderful lifestyle guide for anyone who wants to add some grace and sophistication to their lives. It's full of interesting biographical information, tips, quizzes and anecdotes about Audrey's life and career. She was a beautiful woman, loving wife and mother and compassionate humanitarian all rolled into one.
I personally really liked this book. I guess for me, it was more about being classy. Sure the author can only give her opinion on what she thinks Audrey would do in certain situations. The parts when it talked about her life, I loved!!! I originally became an audrey fan because of her beauty. To learn these things about who she was & her life, very inspiring!
Although I enjoyed the bits of biography in this book, the rest was far too colloquial (I never want to hear or see the non-word "natch" ever again) and speculative. Overall, the book was far more insipid than Audrey ever could have been and had little of her grace and charm.
Well I found this book quite fun to read. It turns out I'm more like Audrey than I knew (I really didn't know much about her at all before), and that is marvelous to discover. Yes, parts of the book are quite superficial, but surely we all have some things we enjoy in life that are ultimately rather superficial. Furthermore, parts of the book are not superficial at all and focus on Audrey as the wonderful person she was rather than the style icon we remember her as. In fact, by the time I got to ...more
Natalie Rochester
Overall, I think this book is about 2 stars out of 5. And, that is being generous. Yeah, there were some cool things, but I felt like this should have been called 'How to be Holly' rather than 'What would Audrey do?'. I think I would have preferred that the writer made the book smaller and left out all of the speculation and name-dropping. I understand that because Audrey was such a private person it was probably a bit difficult to find out a lot of information, but I just don't think speculatio ...more
Essentially this is a pseudo-biography of Audrey, mixed with 'Audreyism'-style self-help, and the author's personal opinion on many things. Honestly, if you are looking to learn more about Audrey Hepburn there are much better biographies out there. This will not give most readers enough in this area. As far as the self-help stuff, it's kind of lame. A lot of the things the author claims Audrey would have said or stood for seem to be the authors own opinion and/or interpretation of the Audrey-ima ...more
Amanda Cranford
Such a fun, light read. I enjoyed reading about her style and her timelessness. I highly recommend this book for any women seeking just a little direction when trying to find her way in this world.
Jana Kaplan
I have nothing negative to say about this books, although I doubt Audrey Hepburn would have approved of it being published, let alone written, in the first place. In this 21st century age of stars revealing EVERYTHING about themselves, I yearn for a more subdued, classic and elegant type of culture. Cue Audrey. She knew what she wanted, she led a quiet life, yet was elegant and powerful at the same time. This book is not a biography, but the author was lucky enough to interview some of Ms. Hepbu ...more
Audrey is the stunning beauty that is the only human to attain the perfect balance between class, cleverness, cunning, carelessness, creativity and confidence. She brings men and women to their knees...

The opening scene in Breakfast at Tiffany embodies just what we love... dressed as all women should dress (black overcoat, oversized sunglasses, white gloves, hair up) looking perfectly elegant... she pulls a croissant out of a bag and eats it slowly... enjoying the morning with a simple cup of c
Tracy Morton
I would rather have a book just about her and not a fake advice book.
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