Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit : Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit
About the book
Now in paperback, an intimate look at the woman the world adored, by the son who adored her with unique photos, drawings, and other rare Audrey memorabilia. She dazzled millions as Gigi. Eliza Doolittle. Holly Golightly. But to her most adoring fan, Audrey Hepburn was best known for her role as "Mummy." In this heartfelt tribute to his mother, Sean Hepburn Ferrer offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of one of Hollywood's brightest stars. Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit is a stunning compilation of nearly 300 photographs, many straight from the family album and never before published; archival documents, personal correspondence, and mementos; even paintings and illustrations from the actress herself. Sean tells Audrey Hepburn's remarkable story, from her childhood in war-torn Holland to the height of her fame to her autumn years far from the camera and the crush of the paparazzi. Sean introduces us to someone whose grace, charm, and beauty were matched only by her insecurity about her appearance and talent, and who used her hard-won recognition as a means to help children less fortunate than her own. With this unique biography, Sean celebrates his mother's history and humanity--and continues her charitable work by donating proceeds from this book to the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.
Sean Hepburn Ferrer Biography
Sean Hepburn Ferrer (born 1960) is an American film producer and author. He is the son of Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer.
Early lifeSean Hepburn Ferrer is the son of Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer. Ferrer was born in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, and has spent periods of his life in Italy and Spain. He has a half-brother, Luca Dotti, from Hepburn's second marriage to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.
CareerHe worked in the film industry for several years in the development, production and marketing of films. He has also been an assistant director on several film projects. In 2001, he filmed the documentary Racehoss about Albert Race Sample, who, as a convicted criminal in prison, turned to writing and later helped other inmates to return to normal living. Ferrer directed and produced the film. In 2003, he published a biography of his mother, Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit. In 2020, he and his wife, Karin, published Little Audrey's Daydream, a children's book about Hepburn's childhood in Europe. Proceeds from the book benefit the European Organisation for Rare Diseases. Ferrer and his daughter, Emma, contributed to Audrey (2020), a documentary about his mother directed by Helena Coan.
Audrey Hepburn Children's FundA year after his mother's death in 1993, Ferrer founded the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund (originally named Hollywood for Children Inc.), a charity funded by exhibitions of Audrey Hepburn memorabilia. He directed the charity in cooperation with his half-brother Luca Dotti, and Robert Wolders, his mother's partner, which aimed to continue the humanitarian work of Audrey Hepburn. Ferrer brought the exhibition "Timeless Audrey" on a world tour to raise money for the foundation. He served as Chairman of the Fund before resigning in 2012, turning over the position to Dotti. In 2017, Ferrer was sued by the Fund for alleged self-serving conduct. In October 2017, Ferrer responded by suing the Fund for trademark infringement, claiming that the Fund no longer had the right to use Hepburn's name or likeness. Ferrer's suit against the Fund was dismissed in March 2018 due to the complaint's failure to include Dotti as a defendant. In 2019, the court sided with Ferrer, with the judge ruling there was no merit to the charity's claims it had the independent right to use Audrey Hepburn's name and likeness, or to enter into contracts with third parties without Ferrer's consent.
Other venturesFrom 2014 to 2018, Ferrer was ambassador of the annual Rare Disease Days.
Personal lifeFerrer is married to Karin Hepburn Ferrer (formerly Karin Hofer).
Selected filmography1981: Inchon (Assistant Director) 1982: One Shoe Makes It Murder (Second Assistant Director) 1983: Strangers Kiss (Associate Producer, First Assistant Director) 1984: Growing Pains (Second Assistant Director) 1986: Good to Go (Producer) 1987: Treasure of the Moon Goddess (Assistant Director) 1987: Ironw ... Read full biography
|Authors:||Sean Hepburn Ferrer|
|Publisher:||SIMON & SCHUSTER|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Publication date:||July 16, 2010|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||New York, United States|