Audrey Hepburn - Screen Legend - Fashion Icon - Stay at Home Mom

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Audrey Hepburn would have been 76 years old this May, making it the perfect time to celebrate womanhood, motherhood and the Audrey Hepburn Way of Life.

One is hard pressed to imagine Audrey Hepburn making brownies and walking her kids to school, but for ten years she did just that. Yet leaving Hollywood at the peak of her career -- she had just finished Wait Until Dark, a film that would soon earn her critical acclaim and a fifth Oscar nomination – to be a stay at home mom was the best choice she ever made.

“It would be terribly sad, wouldn’t it, to look back on your life in films and not know your children?” Hepburn said. “For me there’s nothing more pleasant or exciting or lovely or rewarding than seeing my children grow up… and they only grow up once remember.”

Hepburn’s own relationship with her parents was far from idyllic. Her father’s departure at just 6-years-old, left her in the care of a very Victorian and suddenly single mother - a relationship so complex that How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life (New York: Dutton, 2004) includes two distinctly different Hepburn philosophies – “Listen to Your Mother” (p. 7) and “Love Your Mother Anyway” (p. 93).

A blend of philosophy, biography and, of course, iconic style, How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, uncovers Audrey Hepburn, in her own words. By distilling Hepburn's philosophies of life into headings like "Attitude is Everything", "Wing It if You Have To" and "Live Without Regret," Hellstern showcases Hepburn’s thoughts on everything from marriage to motherhood, careers to friendship. Universal topics of concern the world over – happiness, love, success, health, style and humanity – that strike a chord with women from age thirteen to eighty-two.

While she is best remembered as a screen legend and a fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn was also a woman who survived an absent father, Nazi occupation, public divorce and miscarriages. Not to mention the pressures of fame. Still, Hepburn consistently handled herself with grace and kindness making her relevant role model for the ages.

While she would be the last to say so, Audrey Hepburn was an expert in the art of being a woman. Based on five years of research and 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.

Through the wit, wisdom and humor of Audrey Hepburn herself, How to be Lovely is the perfect gift book for women of all ages.

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

In 2005, How to be Lovely will publish in the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hungary and Spain.

How to be Lovely

The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

by Melissa Hellstern


ISBN 0-525-94823-6

A member of Penguin Group (USA) 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

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