Such a nice surprise. Christi Barth gives us a fun, light romance, with wit and humor alongside a good romance set in the crazy world of wedding plann...moreSuch a nice surprise. Christi Barth gives us a fun, light romance, with wit and humor alongside a good romance set in the crazy world of wedding planners.(less)
Love, love, love Audrey; however, this book was just middle of the road for me. Somewhat repetitious, too. I would have liked to have read the actual...more
Love, love, love Audrey; however, this book was just middle of the road for me. Somewhat repetitious, too. I would have liked to have read the actual critics’ reviews instead of just this author’s opinion of her movies; I would have preferred him to be more factual instead of opinionated throughout.
For instance, what was Audrey’s reaction to Julie Andrews’ quip in her acceptance speech at the 1964 Oscars, thanking Jack Warner? (He chose not to cast Andrews - who originated the role on stage - but Hepburn in My Fair Lady, leaving Andrews open to take the role of Mary Poppins, for which she won an Oscar. Audrey was not even nominated. She also originally refused the offer, advising Warner to cast Andrews.) Surely she laughed, too. Right?
It was interesting - and appalling - to see the salary difference in actresses and actors in that era. Audrey received $11,914 for her role in Sabrina; William Holden $80,000; Humphrey Bogart $200,000.
In addition, more on Ms. Hepburn’s work with UNICEF would have been great. He would also skip a whole decade here or there. I was also disappointed in the photo selections, so I posted some that I like, but were not in the book.
The book had such an overshadowing of sadness to it all...from her choice in men, to her mother not being able to tell her she loved her, to her absent father, to her five miscarriages...to her many affairs... something I don’t get from her pictures at all, proving, I guess, that she was quite the actress.
She was such an icon of class, elegance, style, grace, and gentle strength.
Jardins des Tuileries, 1956.
Audrey Hepburn sporting a black turtleneck in Funny Face, 1957.
Audrey Hepburn with William Holden in Sabrina, 1954. She’s wearing the exquisite Givenchy gown, for which he received no credit, but certainly helped Edith Head win her Oscar.
Audrey Hepburn publicity shot for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Lana J. Weston. I did NOT like the heroine in this book until right towards the end, and...more★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Lana J. Weston. I did NOT like the heroine in this book until right towards the end, and let me tell you, Ms. Weston did her voice perfectly: snooty, vain, and stuck-up.
I was surprised that this author could almost make me do a 180 degree turn around on this heroine. I was sure this was going to be a three-star book. However, she deserves credit for that, and for the surprise reveal at the end.
I enjoyed doing this as a “Buddy Read,” too.
If you want a different heroine, this is the book for you. (Some people dropped out of the “Buddy Read,” due to the heroine, so that tells you a lot.)(less)