Discovering: Audrey Hepburn

Discovering: Audrey Hepburn

Series 3

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Review

There's an advert I've seen, for chocolate or perfume or some such, in which Audrey Hepburn, reanimated by CGI, floats through one of those Italian lakes fantasies we use as a shorthand for glamour. It's horrifying, a blurred puppet show that makes you shudder. But that's the danger of being iconic: your face can be adopted and used for anything.

Hepburn wasn't a poster on your wall in university. She was a real person who overcame enormous hardships in wartime Europe, won an Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Oscar, then became a champion for children everywhere. This documentary reveals a little bit of the person behind the massive sunglasses, with experts discussing her cultural impact. Just stop calling her iconic. She was better than that.

Summary

A look at the life and career of fashion icon, philanthropist and actress Audrey Hepburn, who starred in films including Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady.
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