This May 4th, Celebrate Womanhood and the Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

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On May 4th, Audrey Hepburn would have been 76 years old. Yet her charm, style, wit and wisdom continue to inspire through How to be Lovely, a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Upon her death in 1993, an editorial in the New York Times would best express what we could not yet put into words: “Nearly forty years later Audrey Hepburn’s face was that of someone who’d squinted into the sun, laughed a few laughs, shed a few tears. The forehead showed some wrinkles, the eyes showed some more, and the strong jawline was softening around the edges. As unwilling to fake youth as she had been to fake voluptuousness, she looked like the 63-year-old woman she was. Which is to say, better than any 63-year-old woman who’s pretending that she isn’t. Would that she were going to be around longer, to teach us all how to grow old.”

On May 4, Audrey Hepburn would have celebrated her 76th birthday. Twelve years after her death, the lessons she learned live on in a charming guide to finding elegance in every aspect of life - How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, (New York: Dutton, 2004).

Distilling Hepburn's philosophies of life into headings like "Attitude is Everything", "Wing It if You Have To" and "Love Your Mother Anyway," author Melissa Hellstern showcases Hepburn’s thoughts on universal topics of concern to women the world over – happiness, love, success, health, marriage, motherhood, career, style and humanity - striking a chord with women from age thirteen to eighty-two.

What the reviewers say:

"You won't be able to finish this simple little book without a tear in your eye and a desire to make your own life more meaningful. Now that is a book worth spending time with."

— Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A breezy but sometimes insightful read, this hybrid mini-biography/female empowerment manual goes down like a soothing tonic for the 21st-century woman attempting to juggle life, career, family and, if there's time, fashion."

— Publishers Weekly

What the readers say:

“This is the perfect book to give for birthdays, hostess gifts, Christmas, Mother's Day, graduation or any special event in a woman's life. I sent it home with 15 ladies who attended a baby shower, and it has inspired several Audrey "film-festivals." Her thoughts on how to carry oneself with style, dignity and grace will translate to any generation. "How to be Lovely" should be on every woman's night stand.”

— Mindy Peele, McLean, VA

“I just gave my last book as a gift on Friday. Everyone was thrilled. Many gave me hugs with tears! Our babysitter read the book in one day! She absolutely loved it! Thank you for writing such an inspirational book!”

— Karen Duskin, Sandusky, OH

What the author says:

“Audrey Hepburn did not write an autobiography and so I wanted to explore just what she thought about her life - her philosophies, in her words - and see what we, the women who admire her, might learn about ourselves,” Hellstern said. “We know Audrey Hepburn as an actress, a fashion icon and an humanitarian, but what struck me was how genuinely kind she was in all aspects of her life. Here was this beautiful woman who encountered so much from Nazi occupation and childhood divorce to fame and Hollywood to failed love and public divorce. Yet, through it all, she stayed true to her convictions

  • kindness, grace and integrity. Like all true beauty, Audrey's came from the inside out.”

Enhanced by rarely seen photographs, behind the scenes stories and the friends who knew her well, How to be Lovely offers a rare glimpse into the woman behind the mystique and the definitive guide to living genuinely with glamour and grace.

An award-winning writer, Hellstern’s thoughts on Hepburn have been featured nationally and internationally on television, radio, magazine and newsprint. In 2005, How to be Lovely will publish in the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hungary and Spain.

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